Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Topic today, is Sleep => How to put your baby/young toddler to sleep.

Well, there are a lot of books/websites/gurus out there that talk about this topic, you can google it out if you want to.

Here, I am only going to list on what we did to our children.

1) Stand up. Put the baby in the crook of your hands. Rock slowly to the left and then to the right...Repeat until the baby is lulled to sleep.
2) If the baby is a bit fussy....With the same position as above, rock an air guitar, tickling the baby at the back, ribs and feet. Do some weird noices but always end up with a sort of surprise tone and a surprise look at the baby. Usually, little Adam will laugh at this point. After a few air guitar sessions, then do as Number 1) until the baby falls asleep.
3) Sit down on the floor, your legs straight in front of you. Put a pillow across your feet and put baby on your legs (with the pillow under his head). Move your feet left and right while crooning to the baby.
4) While doing as above, sometimes baby would still be quite fussy, fretting and sometimes even wailing...try reading verses from Al-Quran. It seems that the melodic verses can calm babies. Or, try shalawat. For me, if the baby frets and over-fussy, I usually will start the shalawat at the top of my voice, drowning the baby's wailing. This usually will startled the baby to stop his bawling. Then, I will slowly reduce the cadence of my voice to normal, and lastly to sleep drooning kind of tempo.
5) If all failed, pick up the baby and play with him. Sometimes, the baby is just in no mood to sleep. ;)

Young Toddler :
1) Establish a routine. Eat, bath, read story book, sleep....or something like that. So that when you start doing something, he knows that it is on a route to sleep.
2) Feed him full! Toddler will throw a tantrum when he is hungry.
3) Wind down for the day an hour or two before sleep time. He can't go to sleep if he is excited.
4) Reduce the brightness of the lamp and read a 'Sleeping Book'. Read in a droning, lulling way.
5) If all attempts failed, just ignore him. He will grow bored and will fall asleep by his own. Hehehe.

Owh, on the 'Sleeping Book', you can read any book that feature characters that are preparing to go to sleep. In my house, it is Buku Rabbit aka Snuggle Bunnies. Actually, it is an English soft cloth book, featuring Thumper and his family. I translated it to Bahasa Malaysia and add a number of fun features. Click 'here' for a peep at the book.

My translation goes like this :

Bintang-bintang bertaburan di angkasa.
Sekarang adalah masa untuk tidur.
Rabbit-rabbit cakap good nite.
Mereka pun basuh telinga, basuh tangan, basuh kaki, basuh muka, gosok gigi (while acting on cleaning up the various body parts).
Thumper pun tidur atas rumput kering.
Bunyi rumput kering itu, pssshhhh, psshhhh, pshhhhh.
Ayah dan ibu rabbit, sayang rabbit (kiss their blessed little heads) dan kata good nite.
Mereka pun tidur.

Both Asyraf and Adam loves the book. :)

So, go and try these steps. Wish you lots of luck.


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