Sleep is the state of rest which comes periodically and naturally during which a person loses consciousness of the real world. When one is asleep, he/she is unable to react to stimuli unlike when he/she is awake. The REM and the non-REM are the two classifications of sleep. Unlike the non-REM, the REM is characterized by the rapid movement of the eyes. Sleep is important since it restores the nervous, immune and muscle systems. There are disorders that affect the sleep patterns in a person like insomnia, sleepwalking, narcolepsy and dyssomnia among others. Just like in a grown-up, sleep is also of importance to a baby sleep or toddler. The following are ways to assist your baby sleep.
First, come up with toddler sleep schedules. A timetable or schedule is a plan for the time and duration activities should take. For a healthy growth, the baby needs a lot of services from his/her parent. They include cleaning the baby, feeding the baby, breastfeeding, playing, napping and sleeping. A good baby sleep schedule must give the time and duration of the various activities. Small babies need more sleeping hours compared to the bigger babies. In the schedule, your baby should sleep or about 8-10 hours.
Second, sleep train your baby. So as to avoid disturbance, a baby should be taught how to sleep without crying. The training includes coming up with a good sleeping routine, put the toddler to sleep early enough, establish a regular sleeping schedule and develop some signals and sounds to inform your child it’s time to sleep. It is good to do the sleep training to the baby since they will sleep without making any sounds.
The changing of the diapers regularly promote sleep among the toddlers. Wet diapers make the toddler feel uncomfortable during sleep. It is good to change the diapers before the child retires to bed. Clean diapers also ensure the baby plays comfortably during the day. The child will, therefore, be exhausted in the evening and this will promote sleep. Changing of the diapers should be done about 4 times in a day. It is also advisable to purchase the best diapers.
It is advisable to always clean the baby before placing him/her on the bed. Wash the baby, change his/her clothes and oil him/her and you will see a change in the sleep patterns. Clean pajamas should also be put on before the child retires to bed. These provide a good sleeping and relaxing environment.
The next important thing to promote sleep in toddlers is having the baby monitors.
The above are the important tips for improving sleep in babies.