I faced the problem of child sleep when my first daughter was born. As a baby, she fell asleep at 3 am and slept until one o’clock in the afternoon.
It basically suited me from the point of view that I could sleep 10 hours, a real rest for a young mother. But when I got pregnant after 7 months, I wanted to sleep at 8 pm, and the night games exhausted me.
The fight began with the baby in order to make the dream earlier. No matter how hard we tried with my husband and grandmother, our owl could not be redone. She did not go to bed before midnight.
Faced with such a problem, I promised myself that no matter who was born to me, I would teach my second child to be a morning person.
The benefits of sleep at the same time
At that moment it seemed to me that it was very important for the child to go to bed at the same time. Ask why?
1. The body of the child as if produces an exact amount of energy calculated for a certain number of hours of wakefulness, and by the time of the night’s sleep, activity gradually decreases.
2. I always know for sure that at 9 pm my child should fall asleep for a long sleep, which means we should be at home, wherever we are. Having learned from bitter experience with Sonia, I knew that visiting the guests and the parishes of the guests was the worst enemy of children’s sleep. Therefore, home had to always go back to a certain time to put the child. It was an unbreakable law for me (a few years).
Thirdly, my body also knew that at 9 pm one stimulus would be neutralized. I can breathe a little calmer.
When my daughter was born, already in the hospital, I noticed that at nine she never wakes up. I watched the same thing at home.
Checked up. I tried to put it early – not sleeping. I wanted to bed several times later; I didn’t like it either. Since in her 9 o’clock position the daughter cried, endured, and at 10 in the evening she was vigorous. I concluded that such a schedule does not suit the child, and yet 9 is the optimal time.
At about 20.30, we stopped all sorts of games with Sanka, calmed down, then lay down on the couch to feed, and my daughter fell asleep.
By the way, one more positive moment, she was so accustomed to such a repetitive course of events that I decided not to accustom her at the same time to any methods of motion sickness, except to lie down and fall asleep like a human (without throwing and jolting).
The most difficult thing was to pack two babies at the same time, when no one else from the adults was at home. I saw that Sanya is now falling asleep, but at this time Sonya was starting to jump around us on the sofa and shout: Sanya, don’t sleep, it’s boring! Sanya, do not sleep, boring!
I will not tell you what methods I resorted to, but I firmly decided that Sanin was a dream at the same time — this was my won victory, and I would not give it to anyone, I would not give in to childish pranks. Still, at least one of the two children, but I will be laying on time.
Probably, in all this there was a considerable share of egoism. But when you realize that at nine in the evening, you can go and drink tea, talk to your husband, take a shower and relax a bit, then the schedule becomes an obsession.
But there is a second truth, precisely after the younger daughter fell asleep, I could fully communicate with the older one. And then painfully put to sleep and her. Looking at Sonya spinning, throwing her legs behind her ears, whispering something under her breath, sifting through her fingers, I understood that I did the right thing by teaching Sanya to fall asleep at 9 in the evening.
P. S: Now, both daughters lie down at the same time. When only I am at home at 9 o’clock, when my father is also at home at 21.30. It’s great to know that there is an exact time to sleep.