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Different Sleeping Methods

A lot of parents think it’s better to let babies cry in their beds for long periods of time. They hear babies cry but they ignore them. They think that unless they do this, the baby will learn that crying leads to the appearance of a loved one and this behavior will continue in the future. This is called “Extinction”. This situation is very stressful for parents and a lot of them simply can’t do it. They try not to enter the room for 5 minutes the first night and then 10 minutes the next night. When they go into the room of the baby, it’s just to be sure that’s everything is OK. This method is called “Graduated Extinction”.

Another method exists, it’s called “Bedtime Fading”. The goal of this method is to teach your children how to get to sleep in bed when they wake up during the night. It’s better to apply it rather than to talk about it. It’s simple – you just have to set bedtime later than usually. With that, your babies will make a link between bedtime and fun and will sleep more easily.

There is a method which name is “Scheduled Awakenings”. It is used to disturb the awakening by getting up the baby 15 to 30 minutes before they awake alone. Then you can help the baby to get back to sleep. But you have to know that even with this different method, it’s possible that your baby will wake up in the middle of the night.

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Different Types of Parents

There are two kinds of parents:

  • Parents who always comfort the baby when he cry, because they think it’s inhumane and it can be bad for baby
  • A parent who thinks that it’s not a good idea to comfort baby when he cries because it prevents them to learn their need.

The last thing that doctors many times do is “Parental Education” – talking with parents about all these options, in particular, training infants to fall asleep alone, before problems develop.

For Pediatric, the first thing they do is to comfort parents about problems. It’s impossible to completely remove them, but they have to think that few teenagers have this problem. They go to bed alone, and wake up in the middle of the night and go to sleep without anyone’s help.

In the other hand, it’s important to inform parents about problems in the short-term. Sleep deprivation has big consequences in adults.

A study informs that all mothers of a baby with a sleep problem, have symptoms of clinical depression when their children become toddlers. Sleep problems cause stress in parents and it’s dangerous.

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The good news is that all of this method has good results. In 2006 a study showed the efficiency of this intervention, 94% of 52% of this study led to improved sleep and more than 80% of children treated are improving.

People are wondering about which method they have to use. It’s not because they think that one works better than another but more because they think that certain can be dangerous. And they worry about it in the long-term.

It‘s important to understand that all this method exist to improve sleep, and none caused stress. Parent become more and more anxious when they think about the baby, and it’s understandable. What they have to learn it’s nothing worth a good night’s sleep.

Studies Made on Baby Sleep Patterns

Moreover, a study demonstrates that from the age of 4 months, all babies sleep better in their own room and bed.

You have to notice that when babies sleep with their parents it can have many impacts:

  • Four-time more to be tempted to bed-shared
  • Bad sleep consolidation

Many doctors said that the most strange is that babies assimilated room-sharing with the overnight transition, and this is really not recommended.

Scientific made a research about the sleep duration to examine effects of babies and parents. So they asked 279 mothers to completed questionnaires when their babies were 4 and 9 months and also when they were 12 and 30 months.

They noticed that the half of the mother were encouraged when their babies were 3 months to move them in their own bedroom. And the other half were advised about visits from childhood nurses.

Then when babies have poor sleep consolidation there are many consequences:

  • Babies, who have 9 months who sleep in their own room. They sleep 40 minutes more than babies who shared-room. Also 26 minutes more than babies who sleep in their own room between 4 and 9 months.
  • Babies of around 30 months, who slept early in their own room, sleep 45 min more than other babies
  • At 30 months, independent sleepers have a good bedtime routine.

All this method exist to improve the safety and health and to reduce bad impacts. The short sleep duration is very bad for babies and has consequences in adults. So try to be vigilant.

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