You’ve been concerned ever since your child was born; it’s not easy to get them to sleep for hours at a time and have a good sleep at night. You may have some bad habits, like putting them to bed late at night or when you leave the house, believing that these habits and others will make them sleep through the night without waking up.
Mistake 1: Putting Them to Bed Late
- You shouldn’t keep your child stay up late for any reason. Contrary to what you believe, exhaustion won’t help them sleep.
- It’s best, then, if they sleep at a specific time—not too late—every day. You shouldn’t wait until they start yawning or looking sleepy.
Mistake 2: Putting Them to Sleep When You Leave the House
- You feel comfortable if your child sleeps in their stroller when you take a walk, for example.
- Don’t fall into this trap. In this case, they’ll get used to sleeping when you’re carrying them or coming or going, and this will make sleeping at night difficult.
- You can hold them to calm them, of course, but don’t do it at bedtime.
Mistake 3: Not Following a Specific Sleep Schedule
- You should always remember that you cannot force your child to sleep. The right way is to adopt a certain routine and to persist with it.
- Have your child enjoy a relaxing bath before bedtime or give them a gentle massage. Repeat this every day to help them relax and enjoy a deep sleep at night.
- Don’t make them sleep in a room with a lot of light or near sources of noise; these would distract them and keep them from sleeping. Don’t worry about turning off the light because darkness won’t scare them.