Is your little one keeping you up at night? Too much tossing and turning? If this sounds familiar, you should know that you’re not alone! So many parents out there aren’t getting the rest they need because their little ones are keeping them up at night. You should know there are things you can do to help you and your children sleep. Because, let’s face it, we all need a good night’s sleep!
Tips to get baby to sleep through the night
- Wean Baby Off The Pacifier. When baby loses his pacifier in the middle of the night and can’t find it, who do you think he’s going to call? You! That’s wake-up call number one! To avoid this, try to wean baby off the pacifier so that losing it in the middle of the night won’t be so shocking and force him to wake you up.
- Play White Noise. You can either buy a white noise machine or download white noise onto your phone. Either way, playing this type of music is soothing and is likely to cue baby that it’s bedtime.
- Avoid Soothing Too Long. We all love soothing our babies, but soothing too long can make them dependent on it. When they wake up in the middle of the night they won’t know how to self-soothe themselves back to sleep. If they can get used to soothing themselves this will help during the night too.
- Stop The Nighttime Feedings. If nursing or a bottle is the only way your baby will fall asleep then you need to stop baby’s dependency on those feedings. Make sure he’s well-fed before bed and try to put him down when he’s sleepy, but still awake. This will allow him to figure out how to self-soothe to get to dreamland.
- Prepare Baby’s Sibling First. If your baby is waking up everyone in the house, including his older siblings, try to comfort the older siblings first. This will give your baby time to self-soothe since getting your older children back to sleep shouldn’t be difficult.
As we said in the beginning, many parents deal with babies who won’t sleep through the night. In the following blog,
My 5 Tips for Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, Violet used to be a sleep-deprived, exhausted mom, and now she shares her tips to help other moms get the sleep they need. Take a look…
- Early bedtime. You shouldn’t just put your kids to bed “whenever”. Setting an early bedtime will help your kids get the rest they need.
- Consistent bedtime. Just as setting an early bedtime is important, so is setting a consistent bedtime. This will create a pattern that kids will not only recognize as bedtime, but will also make sure they are getting enough sleep.
- Make sure baby is content. A baby that is hungry and needs to get changed won’t fall asleep well. Be sure all their needs are met before attempting bedtime.
- Drowsy baby. Putting baby to bed drowsy but still awake will allow your baby how to figure out how to self-soothe to get to sleep.
- Wait before going in. You don’t need to rush into your baby’s room as soon as you hear the first cry. Give your baby time to figure it out himself before going in.
There are still plenty of other tips out there when it comes to helping baby sleep through the night.
The Mayo Clinic suggests developing a rhythm for you and your baby as well as making sure he has enough activity during the day so he’s tired at night. Also, by keeping nighttime low key for everyone, baby will have no doubts when bedtime truly is.
Sometimes hearing advice from other moms is the best because they can tell you what works and doesn’t work from experience. Four moms, who have gone through it all before, are here to tell you what has truly worked for them and their babies. From letting them “cry it out” to safe co-sleeping, click above to hear their stories.
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What are your baby’s sleep needs? How much should he be sleeping? When should she be napping? These are all questions every parent asks. According to WebMD, you need to understand your baby’s sleep needs. Every age group has different sleep needs. Your pediatrician can advise you just how much sleep your baby should be getting. All babies are different, but this should provide a good guide for you and your baby.
Remember, although it may seem like your baby will never sleep like “normal”, it’s only a matter of time before they become teenagers who you will be prying out of bed!