June 24, 2021

The rules for getting an eight month old baby used to sleeping alone


My daughter of almost eight months falls asleep only in her arms and often as soon as we put her in the cradle she begins to cry and we have to pick her up again. She falls asleep around 10 pm and wakes up from 5.30 am to 6.30 am and even if she sometimes wakes up at night, a caress and a pacifier are enough to make her go back to sleep. For now, having the cradle next to the bed, I don’t mind reaching out an arm to calm her down but now it would be time to move her to her bed in the bedroom and I’m scared of having to get up so many times during the night. How can I do to make her fall asleep alone in her cot? How can I do to move it to another room without trauma for both the child (both for us parents) and limit the awakenings at night?

Elena Zambrelli answers,Sleep Medicine, San Paolo Hospital, Milan.

It is advisable for children to get used to falling asleep and sleeping in their own bed from an early age to avoid creating habits that later become difficult to correct.

Create rituals

It may be useful to build rituals that precede falling asleep, give him an object he is fond of to help him fall asleep and maintain regularity in the sleep-wake schedule. Putting the baby still awake in his bed and trying in this context to promote relaxation and falling asleep can contribute to achieving the result. helpful evengaging in games that are too stimulating or intense visual overexcitation in the hours before falling asleep.

Don’t rush right away

At this age, when the child draws the parent’s attention, it is advisable not to rush immediately, but instead to allow at least a short interval of time to pass, not turning on the light when you intervene and gently reassure him. Your little girl has already built up a recognizable sleep period at night and it is worth trying to figure out how she will react to changing rooms.

Think positive

TOFalling asleep in your bed does not mean falling asleep alone moreover, not all children react in the same way to nocturnal awakenings: some more easily go back to sleep autonomously, others seek and require the intervention of the parent. A positive attitude from the parent is important at this stage to help the child mature his sleep

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