How dramatic is your baby when there’s a change?
Dramatic babies express themselves intensely WHEN THEY FEEL something deeply.
Help your dramatic baby sleep better
“If something – anything! – happens to upset your dramatic baby at bedtime, it can impact on her sleep because she gets very worked up,” says Nicole. “She finds it hard to come down from that pitch of feeling, and reach the point where she’s relaxed enough to sleep.”
Luckily, there is a lot you can do to help her sleep. Make it your goal to get – and keep – her calm at bedtime and nap time. So if she gets worked up once you’ve put her down, stay with her in the room, as she’ll find that reassuring. Open a book and start reading the story: that will keep you calm and lure her into wanting to look at the pictures or hear your voice. Or sing a lullaby, as the rhythmic sounds will soothe you and your baby. Cuddling can also help, as it raises her levels of the hormone oxytocin, which reduces stress. Bright light intensifies emotions, so using a dimmer switch will help subdue her outburst.
“A dramatic baby may react strongly to changes in her sleep routine,” says Nicole. “For example, she may resist the change from sleeping in your room to sleeping in her own room. So it’s best to make small, incremental changes to her routine. In this case, you could start off by having bedtime routine in the new room, but sleep in the old room. Then move to bedtime routine plus naps in the new room. Then try putting her down in the new room and staying with her until she falls asleep.”
Pick your battles, too: decide what’s non-negotiable, and be more relaxed about other, less important, issues.