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Hello--both my sis and I are having a time with our little ones. They both are learning how to do things now which is great. Unfortunately when it is naptime or bedtime, they are laid in the crib and continue to do them. Troy rolls over and Anaka will sit or stand up, so needless to say, sleeping is delayed a bit. Will the novelty wear off quickly or is this just the beginning???
: ) Well im not at that stage yet. But I did find an article that might give you a little insight.
Hope it helps!
To help your baby get enough sleep:
> Set a daily schedule. A routine helps him know what to expect. It also encourages you to figure out at what time of the day your child is usually tired, hungry, or wanting to play.
You don't need to be rigid, but having some things occur at the same time every day will keep you and your baby on track.
> Have him doze off in the same place. He should nap where he sleeps at night, whether this means a crib or bassinet, so that he will associate sleep with one special place. Don't get in the habit of having your baby fall asleep in the car, stroller, or swing, which teaches him to fall asleep everywhere but in his bed. He can, of course, still nap in the car if you're on your way somewhere, but make sure he sleeps in the same place most of the time. If your child goes to daycare, have him nap in the same place on the days that he is home.
> Follow a nap routine. Just as you do before bedtime, engage your son in a quiet activity before his naps. Pull down the shade, read a book, or sing the same lullaby to signal the arrival of naptime.
> Put your son down when he's tired. A mistake many parents make is waiting too long to put their baby down for a nap. You usually will have a window of opportunity when your baby will fall asleep easily and quickly. If you wait too long, your baby will be too tired and have a harder time falling asleep. Learn how to read your baby's signals. Some babies rub their eyes, while others get fussy or stare off into space. The moment your baby tells you he's tired, put him down for some shut-eye.
> Teach your child to fall asleep on his own. By two to three months of age your child should begin learning how to soothe himself to sleep, whether by sucking his thumb or a pacifier, cuddling a favorite toy, or simply drifting off into slumber. Start giving your child the opportunity to put himself to sleep instead of rocking or nursing him so he can doze off. Once your child learns to rely on himself, you may find that he'll nap for longer stretches.
Helping your child develop good sleep habits takes patience, but by establishing them at a young age, you will help your baby get plenty of sleep in the months and years to come. Good luck!