During the third month, you’ll notice nights become easier, with fewer feedings in the middle of the night. Many children, in fact, already sleep through the whole night. This is a sign your baby is starting to understand how the day works – if it’s light out, it’s okay to stay awake; if it’s dark, it’s time to rest. The parents are the ones who help determine how the sleep routine will take place.
Of course, depending on the situation, your child will end up sleeping a little later or feeling more agitated at nighttime for some reason, which can be disruptive. As a rule of thumb, how about paying attention to some factors that might be disrupting your child’s sleep?
What helps or sabotage baby’s sleep
- Uncomfortable clothing: tight diapers and onesies filled with frills or accessories should be avoided as they can hurt and stress the child.
- The lighting in the child’s bedroom should be soft and gentle, but in a way that indicates that it’s time for bed.
- Try to establish a set time to place your child, still awake, in the crib to go to bed. Read them stories and talk to them in a soothing and low voice. The loving and secure tone is fundamental to help with the process. Stay in the bedroom until you notice their little eyes closing.
- Avoid putting your baby to sleep in one place and then taking the little one to the crib. When your baby wakes up, he or she may be startled by the unexpected location and cry.
- Diapers should be changed every time the baby poops, as it can disturb the sleep and cause rashes. However, avoid changing diapers during the night to not interfere with the child’s rest.
- Do not let your little one fall asleep while you´re breastfeeding or rocking her or him. Ideally, babies should be put in the crib when they are almost asleep. This routine will teach them to not connect falling asleep to being fed or rocked.
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