How Can I Help My 8-12 Month Old Baby Sleep at Night?
You are exhausted, and you are frustrated, but you cannot ignore your babies heartfelt cries from her crib in the nursery. It is 4.30 in the morning and you are pacing the hall trying to soothe her, all the time wondering what you can do to help your baby sleep at night once again.
By the age of around 8-12 months, your baby will start to need less daytime naps and should be regularly sleeping through the night. Cutting down on her daytime naps may be the solution to help your baby sleep at night. But there is so much stimulation during the day – babies are soaking up the world like a miniature sponge by this age. They are learning so much that there could be a danger of over-stimulation that will interrupt your babies sleep during the night. Try not to over-excite your baby too much during the daytime, especially in the late afternoon. Keep the home atmosphere calm and relaxed near to their bedtime.
If you are feeding her solid food during the day, and decreasing formula or breast-feeds, make sure the last feeding is at night time. You can also have a bottle handy in the night to soothe her if she wakes up. Babies are teething at this time as well, and that can cause them to wake up with teething pains. You may be weaning your baby from breastfeeding, and this can be an unsettling experience for her too. Teething baby sleep solutions can be a lot tougher to implement. Your baby is in pain with sore gums as well as feeling tired and frustrated, poor little girl! There are plenty of teething gels available, so make sure you apply these to your babies gums before putting her down for the night.
When your baby wakes, some baby sleep experts recommend letting the baby cry it out by itself. This is called self-soothing, but this can be very hard on the parents, especially on mom who up to this point may have been comforting her baby every time she started crying. It can seem cruel to just let the baby cry herself to sleep. She is still a baby after all.
If none of this advice seems to be working, then it may be time for you to teach yourself baby sleep techniques to use with your baby.
A Guide for Parents With 3-6 Month-Old Babies
Parenting is at once one of the most rewarding and most challenging jobs that one can take on. Here, you watch a little human grow before your eyes and become his or her own person. For most, though, the most memorable period of being a parent is when a child is between the ages of 3 months and 6 months. Here are some parenting tips for 3-6 months babies that will help to make this delicate stage easier for you.
At 3-6 months old, a baby can already be positioned on his belly and challenged to reach a rattle that’s placed in front of him/her, an exercise that develops and improves motor skills. Playing with bubbles is also fun for babies. You can blow bubbles to allow movement for the baby’s arms and demonstrating to them on how he/she can swat them.
Another way to enjoy your moments with your baby is to place him on your lap and support him from behind, much like a chair. This is a good position to do some gestures of love and care, either by whispering on your baby’s ear, or by planting a kiss on his cheeks. Also, you can help your baby stand up from his sitting position. This would give your kid more strength and balance in his legs. Another enjoyable activity for both you and your baby is bouncing. Do this by holding his hands, letting him stand on top of your lap, sofa, or the floor. Help him do some bouncing motion and enjoy the smiles and giggles that you will see from your baby.
Babies at this age are prone to germs and other bacteria. Make sure that toys or other items are clean before handing them to your child, and avoid having him/her place objects, especially small ones, in his/her mouth. Breastfeeding is another way of increasing your child’s antibodies, and decreasing your child’s likelihood of getting colds or cough.
Babies at this age should also be taken for regular checkups. Pediatricians would better know the progress of their growth and development. First-time parents, in particular, shouldn’t be shy when in front of their children’s doctors and ask all the questions they might have. Diet, sleeping habits should be on the to-discuss list.
Your kid, at this point in time, would have sleeping patterns that are unpredictable. Most of the time, they get a maximum of 16 hours of sleep a day. But be sure that the majority of that uninterrupted 16 hours are done during night time.
Your baby might be active at this period of 3 to 6 months. So you should always be cautious. Try to avoid dangerous places. You should also keep your kid away from sharp-edged corners and objects with detached parts.
There are definitely more parenting tips and tricks to getting through the 3 month to 6 month-old phase of your child’s development. But these few tips can help get you started on the way to raising a healthy, happy baby.