How to train your baby to sleep on his own
The best time to set your baby an independent sleep routine is in the third month. This is the time to build his independence and get used to a sleep routine.
The first step towards independent sleep is to get it accustomed to a certain amount of relaxing and predictable events that will be repeated every time before bedtime.
The bedtime routine can include:
- Change his diaper;
- Take care of the evening;
- Take a bath;
- Breastfeed him;
- Give him the milk bottle;
Then place him carefully in his crib. These stages that prepare for sleep are the most important. They provide the baby with safety. Changes in how small they can perceive and can cause emotional discomfort. Maintain the same routine every evening, respecting the sequence of steps but also hours.
The second step, after the baby is fully physically comfortable, is to give him the psychological comfort that is composed of the situation in which he falls asleep. To create an ideal sleep environment, you need to consider the amount of light, temperature and ambient noise, which can vary slightly from one child to another.
The light should be diffused, the ideal temperature recommended is 16-20C. The noise in the room may be different depending on the child. You can let your TV set in another room, or you can put a classic, new age, soft rock or jazz soft music.
The air in the room must be fresh and oxygenated.
If the two steps above are respected, the little one is ready to sleep alone. In the first weeks of accommodation, you will need to be present in the room with him.
Stay near him in the first few days and talk to him and touch him, then in the next few days you talk to him, then gradually reduce his level of communication with him until you get him in bed and let him fall without your help. When you get to this step, leave the room before you fall asleep.
It will not be easy to teach the child to sleep alone. Overnight, the baby wakes up crying, the parent will calm him, but only verbally, assuring him that he is present and involved.
Every baby is unique and has the individual needs that make him different from the other children.
Rules that have been successful in most cases may not work for your baby, so you have to create your own set of rules for your baby sleep.
Some babies need to be allowed to calm themselves, while others fall asleep as soon as they are taken or placed in the swing. Some sleep better in the dark, while others refuse to sleep without a bright light. Be flexible and adjust the rules to your baby’s needs.