Putting a baby to sleep was made possible by Pavlov’s dogs. If you have heard of Ivan Pavlov and his dogs experiment then you know and appreciate the conditioning benefits. The training that Ivan taught the dogs was that at the chime of the bell then it was a feeding cue. The dogs overtime got used to timetable and associated a bell ring with food. This might sound easy. Each time the bell rang the dogs would go to the place they were served with food as they knew it was eating time. But, in this article the talk is not about dog rather babies.
The perception is similar it is only that we know that here it is the baby but thet training condition is similar. Pick your baby’s sleeping cues by following your baby’s routine.
These will be essential in helping your baby to sleep because you will look out for the time she sleeps and what she does and know that the is preparing to sleep.
The concept is great right? It is not easy to implement as it is easy to write. Some elements need to taken into account for this concept to work.
One, you need a constant organized timetable for the baby on a daily basis. Because when you have a timetable which you follow consistently then it will be easy to predict what is coming next. If you constantly follow the steps daily for each night the baby should be able to predict and will pick what follows what and know your cue for time to sleep.
Sometimes it is good to leave the baby to sleep on their own and other times you help put the baby to sleep.
If you decide to sway the baby ensure it is gentle and consistent.
Swaying rhythms helps a baby to go to sleep. Make sure that you sway the baby gently because if you do it fast the baby will not think it is sleep time instead it will think it is time for play.
Lastly, if you don’t have your own schedule it is time to implement them. A cue could involve bathtime. The child will know that soon after bathing , there will be a few other activities all centered around sleep and so at the time you will say it is bed time everybody should just go to bed.
Since conception when the baby is in the womb they grow accustomed to the womb. No baby can come to the world with a lot of stimuli as it is feared there will be an issue of insecurity. A baby should be assisted to shift from womb to the world smoothly as this will ensure they sleep better.