Sleep in practice!


"My baby can't fall asleep by himself, do I have to put him to sleep in my arms? "I dread the bedtime how do I change that? "Elise Auxiliary childcare gives us some explanations around sleep that could well change the deal!

Sleep in practice!

What attitude should be adopted to promote the rate of falling asleep?

Your child needs emotional security to let go when he or she goes to sleep. Ideally (because I know there is after the principle of reality) make sure to offer him a quiet evening punctuated with rituals, from a very young age. The bath, the food, the pyjamas, the small care all these marks will rhythm the approach of the bed and the night. Putting him in a ritual will help him overcome the anguish of separation.

When it comes to bedtime, don't put too much pressure on yourself. Let me explain, we have an internal clock in the body that is based on the time we wake up. So in children it is more important to get up at regular time than to go to bed at regular time. His rising will determine his physiological rhythm of the day.

How do you find the right time to put him to bed?

The signs of falling asleep are easily spotted and there are several of them: your child rubs his eyes, blinks his eyelids, he looks still, he touches his hair, it seems obvious but if we miss that little window of sleep that lasts 10 to 15 minutes on average, we'll have to wait for the next cycle! At 6 months one cycle represents 60 minutes, at 9 months 70 minutes, at 3 years 90 minutes and at 6 years 120 minutes as in adults. 

Why is it important for her baby to fall asleep alone?

Concretely, at the end of each cycle (at 6 months 60 minutes, at 9 months 70 minutes, at 3 years 90 minutes, at 6 years 120 minutes as the adult), the child will more or less fall asleep and this is where he can wake up. To get back to sleep he will need you if you were present when he fell asleep at the beginning of his sleep. If this was not the case then he could be autonomous and go back to sleep alone. Being able to fall asleep alone is part of the child's psychological construction.

The WHO and the health booklet recommend that at night, the baby sleeps in his parents' room during his first 6 months. Whether he sleeps in your room or his own, you can always offer him a ritual of falling asleep.

At bedtime, do you let your baby cry or not?

In the first months the baby has relatively few resources, he is still very dependent on the adult. Falling asleep alone is not easy. He may just need emotional contact. Basically if after 15 minutes (which is already long to endure) he still cries in an important way you must either check the famous check list (ie is he hungry, is what his diaper should be changed, does he feel discomfort...) or maybe he missed the train of sleep (see previous article Sleep: understand his rhythm).

What are the recommendations for bedtime?

- The bed must meet standards, with a firm mattress.

-This is an extra bed type "cot umbrella" do not add mattresses (choking hazard).

-The bed bumper is forbidden, the idea is not to put anything in the bed. Ideally, your child will only need a cuddly toy around 8 or 9 months of age.

-It is installed in a sleeping bag or sleeping bag on LE DOS only and strictly, position recommended by the WHO.

-A room at 19 degrees aired every day.

-NO medication for falling asleep type syrup...

-No screen.

-A soft decoration allows the child to be more serene.

 Elise's advice:

Sleep and nutrition are linked: For newborns and for hypotrophic babies, babies who have a low weight and therefore little caloric reserve, nutrition must be regular. Except that we often hear that we shouldn't wake a sleeping baby... Another pressure that adds to our daily life as parents... So if you have to wake your baby to feed him try to spot this "between sleep phases" to wake him up he will be more receptive.

If you observe that your baby is having trouble sleeping, do not hesitate to consult a sleep specialist.