Ask any parent of an infant and most likely, they have more than a few stories to share about their babies and sleep habits. Ask just about anyone, and they will most likely spend a good half an hour telling you why their routine for getting baby to sleep is the best. Babies and sleep is a subject that it seems everyone has an opinion on, however, if you are facing parenting a newborn, you have to remember that not all advice is right.
Instead of worrying about various advice and the experiences of your friends and family, there are a few key facts you need to understand when it comes to babies and sleep. Once you have these facts in mind, you will better understand your own babys sleeping habits so that you can make sure he or she is getting the rest they need.
The first thing you need to think about is this. No two adults have the same sleep pattern. In fact, we all need a different amount of sleep to stay healthy. We all spend different amounts of time on the various levels of sleep. Why, then, would you expect all infants to be the same? The truth is, when it comes to babies and sleep, what works for one baby will not necessarily work for another. While there are various pieces of advice you can try to use when getting your baby to sleep, keeping in mind that they may not all work is what you need to always remember.
The next thing you need to remember is that establishing a proper sleep routine while your baby is still an infant will help them form proper sleep habits for the rest of their lives. While you cannot always determine an exact time to feed the baby and put them to bed, if you can establish a time frame, this will help the babys body become adjusted to a certain sleep time.
Finally, you need to remember that it is only natural for each babys sleep patterns to be different and it is only natural that they do not start sleeping through the night immediately. In fact, recent studies have shown that trying to make a newborn sleep through the night too soon can actually damage their future sleep habits. While it may be frustrating now, it is best to work with your babys sleep habits, even if it means they do wake up during the night.
When it comes to babies and sleep, the most important thing to remember is that each baby is different. There is plenty of good advice out there on how to get baby to sleep, but do not become frustrated if some of the advice works for you and some does not.