Helping Babies Learn to Put Themselves to Sleep (2-21-14)

February 21, 2014:

DECIDE:   To help your baby learn to put himself to sleep.

PRACTICE:       Today, begin letting your baby learn to put himself to sleep, if you have shared this plan with other adults in the household.

If you have not shared this plan with other adults in the household, see yesterday’s Parenting Tip. Do that activity today and begin the following plan tomorrow.

Because babies need to know they are going to be taken care, set a limit on how long you will let your baby cry before you calmly and quietly go in the bedroom to check on him and reassure him.

Be sure everything in the baby’s room and crib is safe for him to be alone in.

Keep track of how long he cries each evening, so you can see that the length of time and intensity is becoming less and less.

When it gets very hard for you to listen to the crying, try to distract yourself. For example, try exercising to some quiet music (Be sure you can hear that the baby is OK.), or if there is another responsible adult in the house, take turns taking a walk around the house as a break from the crying.

If you don’t have a baby, share this idea with someone you care about who has a baby.

You see more about this approach by scrolling down to “Babies Putting Themselves to Sleep” in our “Getting Kids to Sleep” blog.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THE DREAM JAR.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Getting Kids to Sleep.

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