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Now, I realized why my son Ren is bigger than the other kids his age, it is because he can get a good night sleep everyday. Among other things, a soft bed, a good ventilation and a relaxing background music are some factors a child needs to have a good night sleep. But did you know that besides the things I have mentioned, a bedtime routine can also help our kids have a good night sleep?
Ren loves to scan and try reading his books, and I noticed that he is a visual learner. That is why I always buy him new books that will encourage him to read more. Every night, it’s our routine to read one of his story book together. I always point the words I am reading. I sometimes stop and let him say what the word is to increase his vocabulary too. After 1-2 books he will lay down the bed and sleep on his own.
Yes, I don’t tap his legs anymore compared when he is still a little baby. I want him to discover how to soothe himself since I read that kids who learned how to sleep on their own, sleep more compared to those babies who have to be carried and sing lullabies by their parents until they fall sleep.
It works for us since I don’t have to carry or sing to him until he goes to sleep. The two of us can have a good night sleep, and as what they said ” What the baby need is a well rested and happy mother”.
This kind of sleeping approach (the sleep training approach) is not well practiced in the Philippines since old folks will tell you that you are neglecting your child. I don’t argue with that because it is my decision and it works for the both of us. A simple advise for new moms, if you want to try out this style, you should wait for the baby to reach his first year before changing from Gentle to Sleep approach to Sleep Training approach, so that you can bond with your child first.
As I’ve said the Sleep Training Approach works for us both and we are still very attached with each other that’s why I don’t see anything wrong with it.
To give you an idea on what I am talking about, I got this PROS and CONS of the two sleeping approach from smart parenting magazine (October 2006) issue.
Whatever sleeping approach you decide to apply with your child, just think what is the best for him and for the entire family.
what ever happens in life we should always remember to live life to the fullest