Now that my son is a teenager, I sometimes forget those early years of sleepless nights. I was talking to a new mom the other day and she was talking about how she is so tired and her baby gets up all night long. Man, that sure brought back painful memories. There is no tired like newborn baby tired. It’s tired that’s deep within your bones.
I remember putting my Baby Tyler down to sleep and
praying PLEADING with God to let him sleep for three full hours instead of just his usual two. I used to research the ways to help a baby sleep longer and most of them didn’t work but I did come across this little gem about baby sleep training and TOTALLY forgot about it until I was talking to this other mom.
Don’t Look Into Their Eyes
I can’t remember where I read this but a study had shown that when a baby looks into they mother’s eyes, they get so stimulated that it’s like giving them a cup of coffee. Yes, a cup of coffee. That means when baby gets up at night and you look lovingly into their eyes, you just gave that child a cup of coffee!
What to do with this information? First, make sure you’re doing a lot of interaction during the day. Look into your baby’s eyes, talk to them, smile, and play. At night, just allow them to get up to feed and have they diapers changed.
My Baby Sleep Training Experience
When I first tried this, my son was getting up in the middle of the night and wanting to interact with me. I tried looking away and he would move all around trying to make eye contact and get me interacting with him. I refused but made sure he was getting lots of attention during the day. It took a couple of nights but he started to just wake up when hungry or wet and would go right back to sleep.
The more I did this at night, the more he slept. The more he slept, the more energy I had to give him during the day. The more energy I focused on him during the day, the more he slept at night. It was a very positive cycle which gave us both some great benefits. Not to mention, sleep is so important for so many aspects of a child’s development.
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