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An adult should sleep eight hours a day, that dream would have a chance to fulfill its role. Progress, work, life in a constant run - all this makes us sleep less and less, and the effects of lack of sleep are clearly felt.
That is why it is even more important that we be taught by our example, managed to instill healthy sleep habits into our children. What to look for depending on the age of the children? It's nothing hard!
Newborns and infants have strong roots the need for closeness. They like to be heavily wrapped, which is associated with feelings of utero when the baby's mobility was significantly limited by the walls of the uterus. From the same period, the passion for infants remains humming, monotonous sounds that are associated with the mother's blood buzz and her heartbeat, which is why gadgets such as swaddles and buzzing mascots can be very useful.
It is very important for a child of this age to get used to circadian rhythm and determining a specific time of sleep. During the day, babies first fall asleep at different times, most often after feeding. After some time, you can clearly see some repetition. The child signals when he is tired and it is good to adapt to him, allowing him undisturbed rest just when he needs it.
In the evening it is important introduction of a falling asleep routinethat will give your child a sense of security. Bathing, gentle massage and dim light will give the baby a clear signal that the bedtime has arrived.
One year old
After reaching the age of one, many children he stops waking up at night for feeding. It is estimated that babies start sleeping all night long between four months and two years.
The number of naps during the day decreases, they also become shorter. It also happens that the child completely refuses to sleep during the day. The parent's task is to see if the toddler becomes more nervous and tearful in the afternoon. If so, he is obviously tired. To fall asleep on a fixed day of the day, your child may be convinced by the presence of their favorite mascot, the music box playing lullabies, covering the window, or even a bottle of drink. However, let's remember that bottle decay it attacks especially those children who tend to fall asleep with a bottle in their mouths. Therefore, if we decide to give the child a drink, it should be water or a weak herbal tea without sugar (for example, from fennel or chamomile).
The vast majority of kindergartens are practiced aging, i.e. sleeping at the appointed time of the day. Falling asleep in a large peer group is not easy, because the presence of other children is distracting. That is why kindergarten teachers often help children to fall asleep by reading fairy tales in an undertone. The monotonous tone and subdued voice on the one hand allow you to focus on something other than your colleagues around, and on the other hand they act like a lullaby.
Using the same method at home during the evening falling asleep is a great idea. Let the child choose to read, read after dinner and bathing, and just before falling asleep. This time is also an opportunity to strengthen the bond of a parent with a child and to answer a lot of questions that arise in preschool.
Older children often have much more trouble falling asleep than toddlers. This is due to the accumulation of stress, including by excess of school duties, quarrels with friends, a sense of misunderstanding characteristic of adolescence, etc.
If a child wants to talk and confide, let's appreciate it - it is a sign that he trusts the parent or guardian. Talking often has a de-stressing effect and makes falling asleep easier.
Constant sleep hours should also be observed, because even when the child claims he is not tired, prolonged lack of sleep can significantly affect his mood, concentration, learning ability and even health.
In any case, remember that routine is not bad if it concerns the process of falling asleep. And what can we do besides this? Set an example for children and ensure their own healthy sleep.