Nighttime Parenting Lessons [Guest Post]

Happy Monday my loves…

Babies are the most amazing gift nature can give us. Yet, I believe we all know that together with all the joys that the little tiny person in our hands will bring to us, we will also be saddled with numerous responsibilities. First and foremost, we need to make sure that our youngest one lives in a perfectly safe and clean domestic environment. It does not particularly matter whether we are going to sanitize the premises ourselves or resort to the help of a professional cleaning company. It is just important to provide spotless hygiene. But, actually, the purpose of my article is to dwell upon another widely discussed and significant topic – babies’ sleeping habits during the night.

I know that nightfall is a dreaded time by all parents, for they need to somehow make their progeny fall asleep and take a nap themselves. And here are some lessons and quick tips from Tidy Cleaning Kensington that will certainly be quite informative and useful to you.

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The first thing you need to know is that the way you sleep differs significantly from the way your baby does. Generally speaking, sleep is divided into two stages – quiet/deep or also known as non-rapid eye movement sleep and active or rapid eye movement sleep. These interchange during the course of the night. And newborns have considerably shorter cycles of sleep. That is, if adults fall into a quiet phase for about an hour and a half, infants’ deep sleep lasts no more than fifty to sixty minutes. When babies enter the active phase they are most likely to fully awaken, start crying, and you know the rest. So, when you notice that your baby is stirring, it is a good idea to sing him or her a lullaby, pat him or her carefully, or do anything else that will comfort your youngest one and ease him or her back to sleep.

Another important fact is that nightwaking is fundamental to babies’ health. In other words, newborns’ needs are extremely demanding, yet they cannot communicate them directly. And this is even additionally hampered when they are in a deep sleep phase. Simply put, the sleeping cycles of our youngest ones are that short, for they must be that short. And here is one quick example. What if your baby is hungry, but cannot notify you about this, since he or she is in a quite sleep stage for hours? This is not good for him or her, right? Not good, at all. So, I know how tempting might sound to you all those technological advancements, offered on the market, that guarantee that your  progeny will not stir during the night. But you need to know that all those are too expensive and quite ineffective. And if, however, they do what they are promised to do, this might seriously harm your child’s health.

Babies’ sleeping cycles gradually increase with age. That is, towards the second half of their first year, they will wake up less often, unless they are bothered by teething pain or some such thing. You need to know that the sleeping habits of your infants are not determined by the quality of your parentship. You might be the most careful, strict, and attentive mother or father in the world and, still, you might have a restless child. What is more, different babies reach sleeping maturity at different stages of their development. It is all highly individual and you do not need to worry, if your youngest one is one-year-old and he or she still awakens more frequently during the course of the night.

I really hope that you have found the information above useful and comforting. Enjoy the precious gift you have been given by nature. Provide your babies with the most favourable living conditions and leave them sleep just as much as they need. Yes, it might be difficult to you, considering how tiring it is to be a parent these days, but after all, our children’s well-being is what matters most.

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