Child Relaxation Technique

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Using A Child Relaxation Technique is the best strategy for getting a baby to sleep at night.  It begins with a well-laid plan beginning early that morning.  Take a look at baby's nursery, is it an ideal environment for sleep?

The room should be dark and quiet as possible.  Room darkening shades for daytime sleeping are a must.

tired child sucking thumb
Tired Child Sucking Thumb

Learn to read your baby's signals.  The moment you see baby's eyes droop, her little mouth open in a yawn, stop what you are doing immediately and begin your bedtime routine.  If you let baby get past this stage without making your move, you will most likely regret it.  They can go from pleasantly drowsy to fussy to downright worked into a lather in record time.  Timing is important.

Every mother's procedure for settling baby down is unique, there is no steadfast rule for what should be involved.  Whatever your pre-sleep actions may be, they should vary very little from day to day.  In order for the child relaxation technique to work your baby needs a routine, mommy must have one too.  Be very predictable.

You will have a calmer and more confident child if she always knows exactly what to expect.  This is not to say you should train baby to be in a rut.  Where surprises and treats are the frosting on the cake of life, surprises for baby at bedtime are not advisable.

Naptime For Baby
Naptime For Baby

Try to keep to an approximate timetable.  Put baby's jammies on at a certain time and begin working your way toward the crib.  A friend whose child had been keeping her up past midnight told me she went through the same steps every night for a week and almost gave up several times, then at the end of the week the baby drifted into an 8pm to 10pm bedtime.

She still has a little work to do, but as of this writing mother and baby are much happier using the child relaxation technique.

Along with a routine, there's some baby gear available to make your task more pleasant.  Of course, there is the trusty nursery rocking chair.  Some lesser known tools for putting baby to sleep can be used also.

  • A Baby Sling:  You carried baby for nine months without a hitch.  Maybe she needs a little time to adjust to the world.  The motion of your body may be all that it takes to get you through a rough patch and get a few chores done while you're at it.  Start baby out in a ring sling and if it proves to be a workable solution for the two of you, graduate into a mei tai or a backpack.
  • A Fan:  Yes, a common fan can produce wonderful baby calming white noise.  White noise machines are available that mimic the sounds that baby was used to while still happily enclosed in your womb, but the common fan will work in a pinch for a child relaxation technique.
  • A Warm Water Bottle:  How many times have we rocked baby to sleep in our arms only to have them wake when we put them down on the cold crib sheet?  Place a warm water bottle in the crib as part of your routine, and when you slip baby out of your arms safely into her crib the sheets will be warmed and the transition won't be as much of a shock.  Be sure to remove the water bottle before you put your baby in the crib.

The list of tried and true child relaxation technique sleep tips is a long one.  What works for you one day, may not work every time, but there's one indisputable fact, calm, loving perseverance will be invaluable in building your child's healthy sleep habits and learning the child relaxation technique.

Another recommended tool to help your baby sleep is The Baby Sleep Solution Audio.

We have written other pages related to children and sleep.

Sleep Walking.  Experts believe that sleepwalking and sleep terrors probably occur because the brain's ability to regulate sleep/wake cycles is still immature.

Sleep Terrors.  Also called night terrors or pavor nocturnus.  They are a related disorder that usually occurs in young children.

An excellent resource, Sleep Disorders for Children, is provided by Stanford Sleep and Dreams.  The entire site is full of valuable sleep information.

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