1. After sleeping, wake up your child and breastfeed.
The key to 'sleep education' is to set an established routine. If you raise children without considering the order in which you do things, your child's natural daily schedule tends to lead to a case of ‘play-eat-sleep’. They have fun playing, they look for milk when they are hungry, and they drink milk and then fall asleep.
If you repeat this process, your child will naturally develop an associative habit of drinking milk and then sleeping. If this habit is formed, later children will continue to breastfeed and try to sleep. This means they might need you to breastfeed them in order to go to sleep, rather than being able to fall asleep by themselves.
If possible, repeat this pattern from a very young age: waking up, feeding, and then playing. When your child wakes up from sleep, help them eat, then play, then put them to sleep.
2. Pay attention to the relationship between breastfeeding and sleeping.
A habit that is easy for your child to form at this time is drinking a bottle or drinking breast milk while they are sleeping. In fact, when it comes to breastfeeding, it's really hard to avoid the habit of suckling, as it relaxes your baby and lulls them to sleep. Your baby may be too young to follow the 'eat-play-sleep' process. If so, breastfeed and try to help your baby stay awake for even a few minutes.
After feeding, lay them down to give the baby a massage, read a storybook, or sing a lullaby. If your baby is whining, hug and pat them, but put them down in their bed before they go to sleep to help them fall asleep on their own.
3. Set the same time and place to sleep.
There are children who are sensitive to sleep routines. With these children, regular sleeping habits should be introduced from the beginning. This is because the anxiety of a child who is sensitive in nature can be reduced only when their daily routine flows regularly. First, separate the play area (ex. living room) and the sleeping area (ex. master bedroom).
Take your child to the bedroom when they are sleepy and let them play in the living room when they are awake. It's also a good idea to put sleep reminders, such as attachment dolls or attachment beds/blankets in their bedroom.
Tip: Set a regular bedtime. When the sun goes down, create a dark and quiet atmosphere so that your baby knows it's time to sleep.
4. Repeat the same sleep ritual in the same place before going to bed.
Repeat the same sleep ritual in the same space every time. Any static activity is fine. Consider the order in which you will guide your child from the evening bath to bedtime, such as singing a lullaby or a massage. As mentioned earlier, creating the same place for your child to sleep every night is a good idea to create a sense of consistency and comfort.
Sunday Hug Baby Swaddle
More and more parents testify that their babies are getting good and adequate sleep with the use Sunday Hug Baby Swaddle. Due to its excellent breathability and comfort that it provides to the baby, it is becoming a well-known necessity especially during a baby's first months of life!