9 to 12 Months Old are the ages where babies usually already crawl, and now try to master standing up, and even walking. It is also the time when their teeth start to grow, and many other body changes go around. In fact, at that age, you start to replace nursing with solid foods.
It is obvious that all these changes are going to affect the sleeping schedule you have established for your baby but don’t worry, this is normal, and you can readjust the schedule.
At this age, babies tend to sleep 14 hours a day with two naps a day at two hours each. If your baby hasn’t yet settled a sleep pattern that fits your family time, you can start working on a sleep training now, for your family and baby to rest well.
Keep in mind that, at this age, when babies wake up in the middle of the night it can be due to separation anxiety or the excitement of the baby to develop cognitive and motor abilities rather than just for being hungry. These changes might also be occasioned by the diet change, so don’t be upset if you see the sleeping process of your child go back to where it was. It is normal- even adults wake up during the night for short periods of times.
One of the most important things to do in order to start a sleeping training is to have a bedtime routine that will let your baby knows when the time to sleep is. Take about 30 to 40 minutes to work in this routine.
The way it works is by finding out what are the activities that your baby enjoys the most and can either be hearing a lullaby, chew a toy, take a warm bath, playing around a little bit, etc. Once you know what he/she likes, you should include it in the daily routine. However, make sure that these activities calm down your baby. That way you can successfully put him/her down to sleep.
It takes a lot of practice to your baby to develop the skill of falling asleep so be patient. Don’t just grab your baby and rock him/her until he/she falls asleep.
Every time you see that your baby is sleepy, you should put him/her down on the bed and stay with him/her until he/she falls asleep.
When the baby wakes up at midnight, don’t just go after him/her. You should study the behavior of your baby and go into the room for him/her to feel your presence.
It is not only important to keep a sleeping schedule, but you should also definitely keep a track on every activity your baby has during the day. Tracking the hour to eat, play, take a nap, etc.
It is also important that you stick to this schedule and make your baby do it. At this age when they are more curious about everything and active, it might be a little bit difficult at the beginning to establish a schedule.If this is your first time making a “sleeping training” or if you already had one but it was altered due to your baby's changes, these procedures will help you establish a new sleeping schedule.
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