DEAR BABIES; now your mummy and daddy (but mostly your mummy) will have read A LOT of information regarding your sleeping and what should and shouldn't happen. None of which you know about, what with your only being on the planet a short while; soooo, you can make up your own rules!
just remember, you don't have to sleep just because you are really really tired. infact, the longer you go without sleep the better. adults just adore you and want to spend as much time with you as possible; so stay awake for them.
the night time is the perfect opportunity to have quality time with your new loved ones, so let's not waste it being asleep. all good babies once they've read this manual, will adopt various ways to stop nodding off. the top way for most babies is by screaming.
screaming is a step up from crying. it has to be very loud and very continuous. a few minute is nice, but 30 is even better.
now every baby's question is when to use the scream to be most effective... a great place to start is when you are in the dark and in your cot. this quiet time with mummy or daddy is really good practice time for your skills. take regular breaths so not to choke, expand your lungs and go for it. the louder, more gutteral, the better. throw in some tears and you're guaranteed a cuddle and some kisses. to make sure you get a nursery rhyme you must, I repeat must, turn your cheeks pinky red in colour; this is best achieved by taking short breaths and screwing up your face.
there is no such thing as a regular bedtime in baby world.
your parents will let you dictate when you sleep. they may bathe and feed you and dress you for sleep, but that's just their way of being nice to you. its definitely up to you when you close your eyes and for how long. your bed isn't just for sleeping either, it's a fabulous space for play. play with your feet, the bedding and sleep suit you're in and this is genius, opt for throwing any toys and teddy bears you've been given, on to the floor; mummies love this. you'll always get a comment or two of joy from them with this.
For the older readers of this manual, when nearing the age of 1 you can also begin to talk and sing to entertain those around you. the praise you'll get for this is marvellous. this can also be good if you wake up in the early hours of the morning. singing cheers mummy and daddy right up. they think the best time of the day is between 4 and 7 am so it's a fantastic time to let those vocal cords sing out loud. if done with enough volume you may raise either parent to talk to you and maybe cuddle you which is always lovely.
sleeping during the day is absolutely optional and very much dependent on your mood. not every baby chooses to sleep in their cot, some opt for someone's chest, others in a nice rocking chair or on the sofa when a little older. the rule here is, if you really can't keep your eyes open; sleep, otherwise, it's a waste of time and there are far better things to be doing. some babies tell stories of when they missed out on something really big due to accidently falling asleep in the day. very sad stories. please try not to let this be your story!
any daytime napping should be kept short. too many good things to be getting on with... remember its best, and wholly acceptable, to nap when out and about with your keeper for the day. the car is a great location for this activity as car journeys are often dull. a great many babies deem a quick power nap upon reaching your destination is perfect as you can avoid the unnecessary greetings from those adults at said location. you'll know when you can squeeze this sleep in as the vehicle's engine will switch off to guide you.