Putting a baby to sleep was made possible by Pavlov’s dogs. If you have heard of Ivan Pavlov and his dogs experiment then you know and appreciate the conditioning benefits. The dog’s were taught that when the bell rang it was a cue to eat. The dogs eating time was scheduled for any time the bell rang. That sounds easy, doesn’t it? The dogs knew that it was time to feed each the bell rang and as such they would go over the place where they were served the food. We will discuss a baby’s sleep training and not dogs cue to feed.
The concept could be the same though here we know that the baby is not a dog but perhaps you should condition him similarly. You should start by following your baby’s patterns and identify the sleeping cues.
This will be good to help your baby in sleeping as you will know the sleep time and the behavior traits done when it’s time to sleep.
This is a good concept I’m sure. It is however not easy as written. There are some components which should be captured for it to work.
First you must have a schedule for the baby everyday. This is because a timetable equals consistency and consistency equally ability to predict. If you constantly follow the steps daily for each night the baby should be able to predict and will pick what follows what and know your cue for time to sleep.
Sometimes it is good to leave the baby to sleep on their own and other times you help put the baby to sleep.
There are times when you have to sway the baby and this should be consistent and gentle.
Swaying rhythms helps a baby to go to sleep. In case you need to use swaying to help the baby go to sleep it should be done gently because if it is fast the baby will get a signal that it is expected to play.
In case you do not have a schedule it is about time to draft one. Bathing time is one such cue. The child will know that soon after bathing , there will be a few other activities all centered around sleep and so at the time you will say it is bed time everybody should just go to bed.
We all know that babies are more comfortable in the womb as this is where their lives begin. No baby can come to the world with a lot of stimuli as it is feared there will be an issue of insecurity. For a baby to sleep properly the transition from the womb to the world should be gentle and smooth.