Once you have a child, you are introduced to this whole new world where you are in a state of worry. There are various changes to adapt to key of them being sleeping patterns. Three hours of solid sleep may be elusive t you if your child is still an infant. Unless they wake you up, you are bound to get more than three hours of sleep. Sleeping patterns become regular when you child is independent and more or less going to kindergarten.
At infancy stage, the sleep pattern may be dependent on how you feed your baby. Although it is a personal decision, breastfeeding has several benefits. When you breastfeed, you tend to lose more calories and burn more fat. Mothers who breastfeed also pass on important nutrient content to the infants. These nutrients have antibodies that helps to build the immunity of the child keeping diseases at bay. Breastfeeding time is also a bonding time between a mother and her child.
Some mothers however do not have sufficient amounts of milk and they cannot breast feed. Using formula is however an independent decision and even if you can breast feed you can still opt for it. Whatever you decide you will find that there is a distinct sleeping pattern based on how you feed your baby.
If you are breastfeeding, you may not get more than three hours of sleep since you have to wake up from time to time to feed your baby. If you can monitor the times then you can get a rhythm that works for you.
When using formula, the pattern can be estimated to about three hours of sleep when your child sleeps. This is a bit relaxing and convenient since you can plan your time around these timings.
When your child is around two, they can walk about. There is a transition when they are toddlers where they graduate from the crib to the bed. This may be scary at first because for the first time they are all grown up and you may have a mixture of feelings you can not express. To get your child to sleep, you may have to cuddle them before you go back to your bedroom.
Brave kids go looking for their parents while the less brave ones call out for their parents in the middle of the night but you are guaranteed more than three hours of sleep.
When they become independent and start going to kindergarten your sleep pattern will go back to normal. At this stage, kids are more familiar with their sleeping pattern, know when to sleep and are used to their bedrooms. There is enough time in the morning now to reward yourself with a cup of coffee thanks to the normal sleeping pattern .