Start a Sleep Log
I know you're totally anxious to get your kid sleeping (like 12 hours in a row, PLEASE!) but before you can help her learn how to do that, you need to understand how she's sleeping now. Keeping a log of your kid's sleeping patterns is important because it gives you a vivid picture of your child's sleep schedule. It also helps you identify her sleep crutches as well as your scheduling flaws so you can help correct them! Writing everything down will also help you detect her good patternswhat you are doing rightand that's a foundation upon which you can build to create a great sleeper!
Grab a notebook and a pen, nothing fancy, and keep the log somewhere you can easily access it at 3 AM. Some parents find it best to keep the log right next to baby's bed so they can groggily scribble notes in the middle of the night. Here's what to put in the log:
- Where and at what time your baby or kid goes to sleep at night
- What time and for how long she naps
- What time she wakes up in the morning
- When she cries, for how long, what kind of cry (i.e., a whimper or a full-out screaming fit)
- The timing and frequency of night awakenings. What time did she wake up? How long does it take you to get her back to sleep?
- What do you do to get her back to sleep? Do you rock her, walk her, nurse her, sing to her, rub her back or take her into your bed?
Do you feel like you have a handle on your kid's sleep habits? Are you ready to face the music? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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