Parenting – Getting Started & Next Steps

How to Survive Your Child’s Changing Sleeping Pattern

A state of worry may mark your life when you become a mother. There are various changes to adapt to key of them being sleeping patterns. During the infancy stage of a child, you will be lucky if you get three hours of solid sleep. When they are toddlers, you are bound to get a little more than three hours unless they come to wake you up. The independent stage is where the pattern sets in and the glorious stage where you hope to get your sleeping pattern back and get it down to a science.

At infancy stage, the sleep pattern may be dependent on how you feed your baby. While the decision to breast feed is personal, it has a few benefits to it. You get to burn more calories and baby fat when you breastfeed. Breastfeeding also passes on important nutrients to children. The nutrients that the baby gets from breastfeeding helps to build their immunity. The time spent breast feeding is also a very intimate time between the mother and the child and it helps them bond.
Not having any or sufficient amounts of milk may be one reason why some mothers choose to not breastfeed. Using formula is however an independent decision and even if you can breast feed you can still opt for it. Regardless of your choice, you will notice a pattern between feeding time and sleep.

It is highly unlikely that you will get three hours or more of solid sleep when you breast feed. You will get a solid sleep rhythm when you monitor your patterns.

Provided that the diaper is dry, you are likely to get a three hour grace period when your child sleeps. This is a bit relaxing and convenient since you can plan your time around these timings.

your child will be walking about when they are two. The toddler stage is also marked with the transition from the crib to the bed. This may be scary at first because for the first time they are all grown up and you may have a mixture of feelings you can not express. To get your child to sleep, you may have to cuddle them before you go back to your bedroom.

Some kids may wake up at night to look for their parents and others may call out for their parents in the middle of the night but you will at least have more than three hours of sleep.

When your child becomes independent, your sleeping pattern resumes. This stage the kids are familiar with their sleeping pattern their bedroom and know when its time to sleep. Persevering through the sleepless nights is worth it now since you can reward yourself with a cup of coffee in the morning thanks to your normal sleep routine.