Misconception 1: My Child Is Upset for Genetic Reasons
Your child can’t be suffering from sleep disturbances like you or their father. Their insufficient sleep is usually associated with specific and known causes:
If you notice your baby isn’t sleeping well, first try to find out if they’re suffering from any health problems.
Take them to a pediatrician’s clinic. The doctor may find that digestive disorders, for example, are preventing them from sleeping.
You may also find out that your child is suffering from a seasonal illness like an ear infection.
If they’re waking up a number of times at night, be aware of that. This could indicate that they don’t feel safe, so give them attention before bedtime. Play with them, kiss them, and help make them feel reassured and aware of your affection.
Misconception 2: I Have to Go to My Child’s Room Every Time They Cry at Night
No, if you hear them crying, don’t go to their room immediately. There’s no doubt that they’ll fall asleep again. Remember that children wake up for short periods several times in the night, then fall asleep again.
If you’re quick to pick up your child every time they cry at night, they’ll get used to that and won’t be able to sleep if you don’t pick them up. Never forget that.
However, it’s not wrong to go to their room to check on them if their intermittent crying turns into a scream.
Misconception 3: My Child Only Sleeps in My Arms and in My Room
That’s not true. If they suddenly wake up when they’re in their own bed, they’ll realize you’re not holding them. Of course, this will upset them and prevent them from falling asleep again.
If you want to get your child back to sleep without holding them, establish a routine. Put them in their bed and have them listen to soft music, for example.
You’re also wrong if you feel they’re not comfortable unless they’re in your room. They’re not as weak as you think. They also need to be aware of their own abilities from early on.