Short Course on Parenting – Covering The Basics

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Signs To Tell Your Baby That Its Time To Sleep

Your baby can be help to sleep by Pavlov’s dogs. Pavlov’s dogs provided a way for babies to sleep. Ivan Pavlov and his dog’s experiment are a pair who if you have heard of them then you know what the benefits of conditioning are. The training that Ivan taught the dogs was that at the chime of the bell then it was a feeding cue. The dogs eating time was scheduled for any time the bell rang. This might sound easy. Each time the bell rang the dogs would go to the place they were served with food as they knew it was eating time. We will discuss a baby’s sleep training and not dogs cue to feed.

The training aspect of both the dogs and the baby are similarly the only difference is that we know the baby is not a dog. Pick your baby’s sleeping cues by following your baby’s routine.

The sleeping cues are helpful to your baby as you will know the sleeping time and the behavior that should tell your it is time to sleep.

The concept is great right? It is not easy to implement as it is easy to write. There are some components which should be captured for it to work.

You should get a program for the baby to be followed daily. The reason behind this is that a schedule leads to consistency which to predictability. If you constantly follow the steps daily for each night the baby should be able to predict and will pick what follows what and know your cue for time to sleep.

Sometime you want to help the baby to settle so she can sleep on her own.

There are times when you have to sway the baby and this should be consistent and gentle.

When the baby is being swayed it is assisted to sleep by some rhythms. The swaying if needed should be gentle for the baby’s relaxation because if it is done fast the baby will think it’s a cue to play.

Lastly, if you don’t have your own schedule it is time to implement them. Bathing time is one such cue. If you design your schedule in a way that after bathtime there is some activity centered on sleeping it should not be a problem if you tell them to go to bed.

Since conception when the baby is in the womb they grow accustomed to the womb. It is unlikely to come into the world with a lot of vigor as it can cause an insecurity feeling by the baby. For a baby to sleep properly the transition from the womb to the world should be gentle and smooth.