How to Survive Your Child’s Changing Sleeping Pattern
Once you have a child, you are introduced to this whole new world where you are in a state of worry. It is evident that you will have to adjust to a lot of changes one of them being sleeping patterns. During the infancy stage of a child, you will be lucky if you get three hours of solid sleep. When they are toddlers, you are bound to get a little more than three hours unless they come to wake you up. Independent stage is the glorious age where sleeping patterns are more regular.
At infancy stage, the sleep pattern may be dependent on how you feed your baby. While the decision to breast feed is personal, it has a few benefits to it. For instance, breastfeeding makes a mother loose her baby fat rapidly and burn a lot more calories. Breastfeeding also passes on important nutrients to children. The nutrients that the baby gets from breastfeeding helps to build their immunity. Breastfeeding time is also a bonding time between a mother and her child.
Not having any or sufficient amounts of milk may be one reason why some mothers choose to not breastfeed. You can still opt to use formula even if you breast feed. Feeding time and sleep have a pattern and you will notice this regardless of your feeding choice.
Breastfeeding may not necessarily give you more than three hours of solid sleep. If you can monitor the times then you can get a rhythm that works for you.
Those that use formula milk have a three-hour grace period before the child wakes up provided their diaper is dry. When your pattern is a bit regular, you can plan around such timings.
your child will be walking about when they are two. There is a transition when they are toddlers where they graduate from the crib to the bed. This may be scary at first because for the first time they are all grown up and you may have a mixture of feelings you can not express. This stage is where most parents practice the famous tip toe back to their bedroom when their child falls asleep
If your kid is bold they may look for you in the middle of the night and if they are not they will call you from the baby monitors but at least you will get more than three hours of sleep.
When your child becomes independent, your sleeping pattern resumes. At this stage, kids are more familiar with their sleeping pattern, know when to sleep and are used to their bedrooms. 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.