How To Get Your Baby To Sleep In A Bassinet

How To Get Your Baby To Sleep In A Bassinet

Beyond Babies

Most of this blog is about babies and children under two years. But sleep problems don’t disappear when your baby becomes a toddler. Older children can have some of the same problems and may develop a whole new collection to keep you amused as they develop.

Nightmares and Night Terrors

Most children have nightmares at one time or another, but far fewer have night terrors. Nightmares and night terrors are different things and require dramatically different handling.

Nightmares

Nightmares are four times more common than night terrors. They tend to affect children of three to four years old and eight to ten years old, particularly boys, although some children as young as two have them occasionally. Children who sleep in the same bed or the same room as their parents have fewer nightmares.

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Nightmares are common when your child is developing rapidly, gaining a new sense of awareness about the world. At age three to four your child is asking why? a lot, and at age eight to ten he is beginning to understand general principles. Children also have more nightmares when they are anxious. They are not necessarily a sign of emotional disturbance – it’s just as likely that a scary story or a film before bed is to blame.

Nightmares usually happen when your child is dreaming, in the lightest sleep state, in the final third of the night. Your child will call out and will be obviously upset. He will be awake and can remember the dream, although little children may find it hard to describe.

Your child may sleep more easily if you give him explanations that he can understand to his many questions during the day. If nightmares occur often, make time for an especially peaceful bedtime routine, with a lot of reassurance and cuddling, a night light or a special toy.

How To Get Your Baby To Sleep In A Bassinet

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