Teaching Your Child To Self Sooth
By 5 months (on average) your baby should be able to get several solid hours of sleep in a row. This obviously means that you too will be able to catch some zzzzz’s. Your baby just needs a little help learning how to self sooth themselves BACK to sleep when they wake up. The less they depend on you – the less puffy your eyes will be in the morning. Parenting Magazine offered up some tips on how to make it work:
Starting the same time every night, use a 20- to 30-minute bedtime routine — a warm bath, a comforting story, dimmed lights, soft music — to signal that it’s time to settle down and go to sleep. When it’s time for bed, put your baby in his crib while he’s drowsy, and then leave him to fall asleep on his own. You can look in on him and soothe him with your voice if he’s crying, but avoid picking him up. This will condition him to drift off on his own so that he’ll eventually learn to fall back asleep when he awakens during the night. Until then, feel free to respond to his cries as you normally would at night (nursing, rocking, etc.).
“It can take up to a week for your baby to get it,” says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., associate director of the Sleep Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep. “But within two weeks of a baby’s falling asleep easily at bedtime, he’s likely to start sleeping through the night.” After he’s able to fall asleep on his own at bedtime and sleep through the night, you can start working on naps in the same way.
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