The 10 Most Unanswered Questions about Parenting

January 27, 2018

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How To Train Your Baby How To Sleep

Putting a baby to sleep was made possible by Pavlov’s dogs. Ivan Pavlov and his dog’s experiment are a pair who if you have heard of them then you know what the benefits of conditioning are. The training involved was that he taught his dogs that when the bell chimes here they would salivate and know it was a cue to feed. The dogs overtime got used to timetable and associated a bell ring with food. This might sound easy. The dogs knew that it was time to feed each the bell rang and as such they would go over the place where they were served the food. We will discuss a baby’s sleep training and not dogs cue to feed.

The concept could be the same though here we know that the baby is not a dog but perhaps you should condition him similarly. Keenly follow the baby’s routine and look out for sleeping cues.

The sleeping cues are helpful to your baby as you will know the sleeping time and the behavior that should tell your it is time to sleep.

This is a good concept I’m sure. It is however not easy as written. For this idea to work it is a must you consider some aspects.

First you must have a schedule for the baby everyday. This is because a timetable equals consistency and consistency equally ability to predict. These steps if followed daily every night the baby will predict and know what comes after the current activity and detect the cue that is supposed to be for sleeping.

There are times when you feel you would like you should help the baby settle and other times you feel like letting her sleep on her own.

There are times when you have to sway the baby and this should be consistent and gentle.

The baby should be able to pick a few rhythms to help her go to sleep. The swaying if needed should be gentle for the baby’s relaxation because if it is done fast the baby will think it’s a cue to play.

The next schedule that should be implement is the parents. A cue could involve bathtime. Children pick schedules faster so if you start it by bathing followed by activities geared towards bedtime by the time you tell the child to go to sleep it will be easy.

Since conception when the baby is in the womb they grow accustomed to the womb. It is unlikely to come into the world with a lot of vigor as it can cause an insecurity feeling by the baby. If you want to assist the baby to sleep soundly, you need to make the shift from the womb to the world comfortable.