Putting a baby to sleep was made possible by Pavlov’s dogs. Ivan Pavlov and his dog’s experiment are a pair who if you have heard of them then you know what the benefits of conditioning are. The training involved was that he taught his dogs that when the bell chimes here they would salivate and know it was a cue to feed. The dogs eating time was scheduled for any time the bell rang. That sounds easy, doesn’t it? The dogs knew that it was time to feed each the bell rang and as such they would go over the place where they were served the food. But, in this article the talk is not about dog rather babies.
The training aspect of both the dogs and the baby are similarly the only difference is that we know the baby is not a dog. Pick your baby’s sleeping cues by following your baby’s routine.
The sleeping cues are helpful to your baby as you will know the sleeping time and the behavior that should tell your it is time to sleep.
This is a good concept I’m sure. It is not easy to implement as it is easy to write. Some elements need to taken into account for this concept to work.
You should get a program for the baby to be followed daily. This is because a timetable equals consistency and consistency equally ability to predict. 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.
There are times when you feel you would like you should help the baby settle and other times you feel like letting her sleep on her own.
If you decide to sway the baby ensure it is gentle and consistent.
The baby should be able to pick a few rhythms to help her go to sleep. In case you need to use swaying to help the baby go to sleep it should be done gently because if it is fast the baby will get a signal that it is expected to 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.