Key to Your Infant's Learning: Repetition
Updated: Mar 30, 2022
...good sleep associations are just as hard to break as bad ones. Eventually, your child will insist on each step of their the usual bedtime routine.
Children Learn By Repetition
A key difference between babies who comply and those who don't, is repetition. Repeated experiences help the brain learn and develop so to understand what is coming next in the sequence.
Babies often can't anticipate what's going to happen next in their day. What they rely on are routines on repeat which become a sleep cues.
A bedtime routine does just that. It primes your baby that sleep should follow shortly. Keep the routine 20 minutes in length and the same each time. What to keep in mind?
Using both verbal and non-verbal strategies help to communicate
Use simple sign language
Read storybooks about sleepy time
Stay consistent with your bedtime routine
Be patient, learning takes time
Once your child is used to the routine, abbreviated versions can be done on special occasions when usual bedtime is missed. But keep in mind, good sleep associations are just as hard to break as bad ones. Eventually, your child will insist on each step of their the usual bedtime routine. They'll even be the one telling the grandparent or babysitter what to do to put them to sleep.
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