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Establishing a Night-time Sleep Pattern

When should I try to establish a sleeping pattern for my baby

You must realize that the world is a bewildering place for your newborn. It is your job to make her feel loved and secure in the initial stages even if it means waking up for the sixth time in four hours at night to attend to her needs. The baby must feel that when she cries out, you care enough to respond. Do not try and discipline her into regulating her sleeping hours till she is more secure and feels more in control of her surroundings. Your baby must learn to fall asleep on her own, but leaving her to cry it out is a step that should not be taken until after the first few months have elapsed.

How do I teach my baby the difference between night and day

Make a clear distinction between day and night. During the day make her sleep in a pram, pushchair or outdoors. Avoid darkening the room and reducing the noise level when she naps in the day. When she wakes up, engage her in stimulating activity. Do the opposite at night. When you put your baby to sleep, ensure that she is contented and comfortable, darken the room and quiet things down. When she wakes up at night, feed her without playing with her or distracting her in any other way. You can also establish a bedtime routine. An ideal way to begin is by giving your baby a warm bath to relax her. Cuddle her and read her a bedtime story or sing her a lullaby. Make saying goodnight a part of the bedtime ritual. Teach your baby to kiss everybody goodnight before you leave the room. Turn on a night light if you think your baby is scared of the dark.

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