As busy parents we have no problem sleeping through the night. But our precious babies sometimes need a little extra help in that department. Do you see other peoples babies and wonder why the heck are they sleeping through the night and my munchkin is not? It could be because they have an “easy” baby, or maybe they tried these 8 tips to get baby sleeping through the night.
How to get your baby sleeping through the night
1. Don’t rock baby to sleep
I repeat, do not rock baby to sleep! This is because babies will learn to rely on being rocked to soothe them back to sleep! What I found worked for my baby was rocking him until he was just getting drowsy, then laid him in his bed. Although it took a while for me to realize rocking him was not a good idea. He eventually learned to soothe himself and started sleeping for longer stretches at night.
2. Timed crying
Ok I’m going to say this right off the bat, this is not the cry it out method! Not that I am against it, its just not a method I was comfortable doing.
Instead, time how often you go to your babies side when they are crying. Do this in 5 minute increments. So night one of baby crying, wait 5 minutes before going to their side. On night two, wait 10 minutes before going to their side and night three wait 15 minutes and so forth until they no longer need you to soothe them to sleep.
This method helps your baby realize that you will not come to their aid every time they are crying during bedtime and will help them learn to soothe themselves to sleep.
3. Schedule waking baby
So their are probably two things running through your mind right now. One, there is no way I’m waking my sleeping baby and two, what if tonight is the night they weren’t going to wake up and I woke them for no reason?
Those are totally legitimate concerns, ones I’ve asked myself a time or two.
If your baby is on a regular waking schedule during the night then wake them 15 minutes before they normally wake up. If they wake more then once then wake them 15 minutes before they normally wake the first time and 15 minutes after they normally wake the second time. For instance your baby wakes up at 1:15am and 4:45am, wake them at 1:00am and 5am for feedings for night one. As each day passes extend you waking them by 15 minutes. Lets take the above mentioned times of them waking at 1:15am and 4:45am and it will look like this.
Night one– wake baby at 1:00am and 5am.
Night two– wake at 12:45 and 5:15.
Night three– wake at 12:30 and 5:30 and so on.
This will help get your baby used to sleeping for longer stretches.
4. Don’t allow baby to become overly tired
When a baby becomes overly tired they have a hard time soothing themselves to sleep.
5. Ditch the pacifier
When your baby is reliant on a pacifier to sleep then they will often wake in the night wanting it. For younger babies they are not yet able to find the pacifier themselves so they will cry for you to come and get it for them. For older babies they tend to fall or throw them out of the crib at one point or other during the night and cry for you to come get it for them.
Taking the pacifier away will prevent them from waking in the night looking for it as they do not need it as a comfort item to sleep.
6. Set a bedtime routine
Whether it be a bath before bed, book, sing along or what every you choose as a bedtime routine. Your baby will learn to associate that with bedtime. We choose to have a short play time with mom, dad and baby then read a story before bedtime every night so he knows that once we are done with the book he then has to go to bed.
7. Good sleep environment
1. White noise
2. Blackout curtains
3. Good temperature, not to warm not to cool
When my baby was just a little newborn he would wake every 45 minutes like clockwork. Which had me begging for sleep! We introduced white noise and holy moly was it life changing. He actually started sleeping for about two hours at a time, which back then was amazing.
Your baby is used to being in a warm tight space, swaddling helps give them that feeling and security.
I am the first to admit that I suck at swaddling a baby with a receiving blanket. I found these swaddles on Amazon and never looked back!
It is such a game changer when your baby sleeps through the night. You can maybe, hopefully feel somewhat rested to focus on things that need to be done around the house. You know, that you were to exhausted to do before!
I would love to hear from you,
Let us know in the comments how you got your baby to sleep through the night:)
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