SLEEP: THE BASICS
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Let's face it. You've heard endless opinions about sleep, from the when and where, to a dozen differing methods of how to 'train' your little one to do it. You already have enough things preventing your shut-eye; worrying about sleep shouldn't be one of them.
Here are a few things to remember:
1. Babies don't need to be 'trained' to sleep. Sleep is a deeply natural process. It's something even the tiniest humans are programmed to do from the start.
2. Healthy sleep habits are something we develop over time. You can certainly help your baby develop her own through establishing a routine and calming measures...just remember everything worth learning takes time. There's no insta-fix, boot camp, or one-size-fits-all solution that'll make your little girl the sleep champion of the baby universe. Be patient and figure out what works best for you both.
3. Keep in mind, the ultimate goal is to help her learn how to self-soothe. No doubt, there will be some wailing nights when all you want to do is go in there and pick her up right now. It's hard. Really hard. Just remember: you're both learning. She just might cry more than you through the process (or maybe not...and that's okay, too). Either way, you'll get through it. We promise. We'll even help supply the tissues.
4. Always put your baby to sleep on her back. 'Back to sleep' reduces the risk of SIDS. More on sleep safety coming soon.
5. Infants can sleep up to 18 hours a day, divided between morning and night. From 3 to 12 months, babies need about 14 hours a day, split between a long stretch at night, and 2-3 afternoon naps.
6. (And for you) Sleep. Do it whenever you can. Remember, the dishes can wait. And, don't be afraid to ask for help. After all, that's why we're all here at preconceive. We're in this together.