How to Survive Your Child’s Changing Sleeping Pattern
Once you have a child, you are introduced to this whole new world where you are in a state of worry. There are various changes to adapt to key of them being sleeping patterns. The first stage in a child’s life is the infancy stage where 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. There are a few benefits associated with breastfeeding though it may be a personal decision. When you breastfeed, you tend to lose more calories and burn more fat. Breastfeeding also passes on important nutrients to children. A babys immunity is strengthened when they breast feed. The time spent breast feeding is also a very intimate time between the mother and the child and it helps them bond.
Breastfeeding however, is not for everyone since some mothers do not produce or have sufficient milk to feed their baby with. You can still opt to use formula even if you breast feed. Feeding time and sleep have a pattern and you will notice this regardless of your feeding choice.
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.
Those that use formula milk have a three-hour grace period before the child wakes up provided their diaper is dry. When your pattern is a bit regular, you can plan around such 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. A mother may have mixed emotions and feelings during this stage. Most parents usually sleep with their kids so that they fall asleep and then do the famous tip toe back to their bedroom.
Brave kids go looking for their parents while the less brave ones call out for their parents in the middle of the night but you are guaranteed more than three hours of sleep.
When they become independent and start going to kindergarten your sleep pattern will go back to normal. At this stage, kids are more familiar with their sleeping pattern, know when to sleep and are used to their bedrooms. You will be grateful that you persevered through the sleepless night since you can now reward yourself with a cup of coffee at the beginning of each day thanks to your normal sleeping pattern.