How to Survive Your Child’s Changing Sleeping Pattern
with a new child in your life,you are most likely going to be introduced to a new world where there is a lot of worry. Sleeping patterns is perhaps one of the major changes you will have to adjust to. During the infancy stage of a child, you will be lucky if you get three hours of solid sleep. Unless they wake you up, you are bound to get more than three hours of sleep. Independent stage is the glorious age where sleeping patterns are more regular.
How you feed your baby will determine your sleeping patterns when they are infants. Although it is a personal decision, breastfeeding has several benefits. You get to burn more calories and baby fat when you breastfeed. Important nutrient content is also passed on to babies when you breast fed. A babys immunity is strengthened when they breast feed. Breastfeeding time is also a bonding time between a mother and her child.
Some mothers however do not have sufficient amounts of milk and they cannot breast feed. Others just opt to feed their baby using formula making the entire decision completely up to you. Feeding time and sleep have a pattern and you will notice this regardless of your feeding choice.
If you are breastfeeding, you may not get more than three hours of sleep since you have to wake up from time to time to feed your baby. If you can monitor the times then you can get a rhythm that works for you.
Provided that the diaper is dry, you are likely to get a three hour grace period when your child sleeps. When your pattern is a bit regular, you can plan around such timings.
When your child is around two, they can walk about. There is a transition when they are toddlers where they graduate from the crib to the bed. A mother may have mixed emotions and feelings during this stage. Most parents usually sleep with their kids so that they fall asleep and then do the famous tip toe back to their bedroom.
Some kids may wake up at night to look for their parents and others may call out for their parents in the middle of the night but you will at least have more than three hours of sleep.
Your sleeping pattern will resume when your kids are independent and going to kindergarten. This stage the kids are familiar with their sleeping pattern their bedroom and know when its time to sleep. You will be grateful that you persevered through the sleepless night since you can now reward yourself with a cup of coffee at the beginning of each day thanks to your normal sleeping pattern.