Babies usually find it hard to go back to sleep once they are woken up abruptly. Often, you have to carry them or tap their leg lightly for a certain period of time to put them back to sleep. But the good news is, there are simpler ways to help them resettle back to sleep without interrupting your own sleep.
The crucial thing here is to start sleep training the baby as early as possible. A research on the subject at the University of London found out that babies can learn how to resettle back to sleep on their own as early as a month after their birth. By the time they reach three months old, they can easily sleep through the night without much interruption. If they do wake up in the middle of their sleep, they can manage to get back to slumber without much effort–and even without help from you.
That means better sleep for both the baby and you.
“Self-resettling at five weeks (or just more than a month) predicted prolonged sleeping at three months,” according to a study said published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The researchers included Dr. Ian St James-Roberts and colleagues. The study concluded that letting babies get accustomed to putting themselves back to sleep after abrupt waking at an early age can set a future longer sleeping trend.
Continuous sleep at night is an important habit babies can develop and carry on through their toddler years. Five hours of continuous sleep is a good thing for babies and can well pave the way of sleeping a total of 16 hours in a day. But the question is, how do you help babies a month old resettle themselves to sleep? [INPOSTLB]
Tips on Sleep Resettling
A very effective way of sleep training your baby your baby on resettling to sleep is through what some pediatricians call “co-sleeping with the baby” or sleeping with your baby beside you. The touch of the baby’s skin against your skin, your smell, the sound of your breath, your body’s warmth are vital factors that help your baby feel very comfortable and secure when sleeping. Experts say that even if babies suddenly wake up and have their sleep interrupted, they can easily fall back to sleep without any fuss when they sense their parents’ presence beside them.
If this keeps on a long time, the baby gets “trained” resettling back to sleep on their own and thus enjoy continuous and longer sleep.
But here’s a word of caution when the baby sleeps beside parents. Care should be taken to avoid accidentally lying over the baby during sleep. To prevent this from happening, a pillow barrier can be placed against the legs of the parents to keep them from accidentally rolling over the baby during sleep.