When that little devil goes to sleep after maxing you out, you have to make sure that he or she snooze as long as possible. After all, you really deserve that me-time after having spent endless hours of baby-and-me-time!
Besides, you don’t want your baby to wake up cranky either. However, to ensure your little one gets some sweet sleep, as well as you get the time you need for yourself, you have to avoid these common bedtime mistakes.
Here are the ones you may be making but which you need to put an end to right now!
1. Not having a bedtime routine
Establishing a bedtime routine is essential for your baby. It can help them feel calm and fall asleep more quickly. And it’s important to stick to a certain schedule, so that the baby can learn when it’s time to go to bed. They’ll eventually get used to going to sleep at the same time and they’ll be expecting it, so falling asleep will become a lot easier and faster.
2. Not entertaining your baby enough during waking hours
Children are the same as us — the busier we are during the day, the more exhausted we are and the easier it is for us to fall asleep. So try to engage your baby in as many activities as possible. Talk and sing to them, stretch their muscles, or go outside and let them enjoy a beautiful day — all of that will make your baby more tired and ready to go to sleep.
3. Not recognizing the signs
Sometimes parents wait too long before they put their children down for a nap. For example, they wait until they start crying. However, there are many other signs that show that your baby is tired and needs a nap. If they’re frowning, clenching their fists, looking away from you, and staring into space, or rubbing their eyes and ears, that can mean that it’s time for them to go to sleep.
4. Not letting your baby learn to self-soothe
Certain routines, like rocking or massaging, can help your baby relax and understand that it’s time to go to sleep. But sometimes it’s better to skip them and let your child try to self-soothe, so that they can learn to fall asleep without your help. That is also why you shouldn`t respond to every little sound your toddler makes when they sleep.
First, those sounds don’t necessarily mean that your child is awake and needs you. They could just be going through the different stages of sleep, and you coming to check on them might wake them up. Second, a study has found that children whose parents waited longer to respond to their awakenings were more likely to be self-soothers.
5. Putting your baby to sleep in a well-lit room
Some parents think that when their baby takes a nap during daytime, they should be put in a light room so that they learn to distinguish between day and night. However, this is a myth. Darkness, on the other hand, has a calming effect on babies, and it promotes the production of melatonin — a hormone that helps to regulate sleep.