3. Let your baby practice new skills during the day
While most of the work for hitting milestones falls onto your little one, there are things parents can do to speed up the process.
For example, give your baby lots of floor time during the day. Let your little one practice standing, crawling or walking as much as possible during the day in order for him to “get it out of his system” before bedtime. The more time your baby spends trying to understand and practice new skills during the day, the less exploration is left for night time!
If possible, spend time outdoors to help your baby explore his new milestone in various settings. This is also a great way to burn off energy, take in fresh air and be exposed to sunlight, which also helps babies sleep better.
Developmental milestones are a sign that your baby is healthy, developing, and gaining control of their physical abilities. Nonetheless, it can steal a lot of much-needed sleep from both baby and parents. The key to resolving this issue is to allow your baby the space, both night and day, to practice and figure out new skills independently. The more space is offered to practice (safely), the quicker your baby’s night wakings will pass.
I hope these tips help you get through this phase quickly, so you and your baby can get back to sleeping all night!
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(Scher, 2005) Crawling in and out of sleep