Every mother or parent knows how stressful it can be to jiggle their babies for them to get some sleep. It is even worse when the baby wakes up just after being placed on the bed. Parents are advised not to spoil their newborns. But this will depend on how a parent understands the meaning of the word spoil. Parents are in a continuous training to their infants whether they are aware of it or not. However, there are techniques that you can use to train your baby to fall into sleep on their own without the need to pamper them.
If you are having a problem with your child, you can get help from specialists to solve the sleeping habits of your child. The problem is mostly experienced by infants who are about 3 months of age and above. The issues can be easily solved if the parents understand the necessary stages that a baby undergoes in the process of getting a sound sleep.
One way in which you can solve this problem is by laying the baby to bed when they tend to appear sleepy but they awake. Even a baby will get used to falling asleep when you hold and swing them. By doing this, you will be telling them that they must need this so as to get some sleep. It is advisable to hold and swing the babies when they are wide awake. There are the stages that a baby has to pass to get some sleep.
The first stage is the wiggle waggle squirm stage. At this stage the baby is awake but fussy. The baby will tend to grunt, squirm and wrestle the swaddle. However, it is a normal learning process to sleeping. If you prefer not to swaddle, the process may take a bit longer because the baby will shock and flail. The end result will be that the baby will take too much time to surpass this stage. You should have an allowance of about 10 to 15 minutes before moving to the next step. Make sure that you have some soft white noise in the background because this will tend to calm and relax the baby. You should increase the white the noise if the baby cries against it.
The next stage is the five -mile stare. Babies will stare into the distance after they have gone through the fussy stage. It is called so because the baby may stare at space for about 15 minutes. The baby should not be surprised by any noise because they may go back to the first stage where they will squirm and fuss for a while. The baby should not be picked at this stage. Provided the baby will not cry for more five minutes, let them have the five-mile stare.
The baby will slowly start closing the eyes. They will tend to yawn, open and close the eyes repeatedly. This is a good indication that the baby is on the way to getting a sound sleep.