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What to Expect with Your Child’s Changing Sleeping Pattern
A state of worry may mark your life when you become a mother. It is evident that you will have to adjust to a lot of changes one of them being sleeping patterns. During the infancy stage of a child, you will be lucky if you get three hours of solid sleep. You are however able to catch some break when they are toddlers and get more than three hours of sleep. Independent stage is the glorious age where sleeping patterns are more regular.
When they are infants, how you feed them will determine their sleeping patterns. Although it is a personal decision, breastfeeding has several benefits. When you breastfeed, you tend to lose more calories and burn more fat. Breastfeeding also passes on important nutrients to children. A babys immunity is strengthened when they breast feed. Breastfeeding time is also a bonding time between a mother and her child.
Breastfeeding however, is not for everyone since some mothers do not produce or have sufficient milk to feed their baby with. You can still opt to use formula even if you breast feed. Whatever you decide you will find that there is a distinct sleeping pattern based on how you feed your baby.
It is highly unlikely that you will get three hours or more of solid sleep when you breast feed. You will get a solid sleep rhythm when you monitor your patterns.
Those that use formula milk have a three-hour grace period before the child wakes up provided their diaper is dry. Such timings can influence how you plan around your time.
your child will be walking about when they are two. This toddler stage is when they graduate from the crib to their own bed. This stage has a mixture of emotions that a mother cannot express. Most parents usually sleep with their kids so that they fall asleep and then do the famous tip toe back to their bedroom.
If your kid is bold they may look for you in the middle of the night and if they are not they will call you from the baby monitors but at least you will get more than three hours of sleep.
When your child becomes independent, your sleeping pattern resumes. At this stage, kids are more familiar with their sleeping pattern, know when to sleep and are used to their bedrooms. Persevering through the sleepless nights is worth it now since you can reward yourself with a cup of coffee in the morning thanks to your normal sleep routine.
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