Surviving Your Child’s Changing Sleeping Pattern
Once you have a child, you are introduced to this whole new world where you are in a state of worry. Sleeping patterns is perhaps one of the major changes you will have to adjust to. During the infancy stage of a child, you will be lucky if you get three hours of solid sleep. Unless they wake you up, you are bound to get more than three hours of sleep. Independent stage is the glorious age where sleeping patterns are more regular.
How you feed your baby will determine your sleeping patterns when they are infants. Although it is a personal decision, breastfeeding has several benefits. You get to burn more calories and baby fat when you breastfeed. Mothers who breastfeed also pass on important nutrient content to the infants. A babys immunity is strengthened when they breast feed. The time spent breast feeding is also a very intimate time between the mother and the child and it helps them bond.
Breastfeeding however, is not for everyone since some mothers do not produce or have sufficient milk to feed their baby with. You can still opt to use formula even if you breast feed. Feeding time and sleep have a pattern and you will notice this regardless of your feeding choice.
It is highly unlikely that you will get three hours or more of solid sleep when you breast feed. You will get a solid sleep rhythm when you monitor your patterns.
Those that use formula milk have a three-hour grace period before the child wakes up provided their diaper is dry. Such timings can influence how you plan around your time.
At the age of two years old, your child is all grown up and can walk about. This toddler stage is when they graduate from the crib to their own bed. A mother may have mixed emotions and feelings during this stage. This stage is where most parents practice the famous tip toe back to their bedroom when their child falls asleep
If your kid is bold they may look for you in the middle of the night and if they are not they will call you from the baby monitors but at least you will get more than three hours of sleep.
When your child becomes independent, your sleeping pattern resumes. At this stage, kids are more familiar with their sleeping pattern, know when to sleep and are used to their bedrooms. You will be grateful that you persevered through the sleepless night since you can now reward yourself with a cup of coffee at the beginning of each day thanks to your normal sleeping pattern.