Tips to Get Your Baby to Sleep through the Night
When you’re a new parent, the one question that’s almost always on your mind is, ‘how do I get my baby to sleep through the night?’ Getting babies, especially newborns, to sleep longer stretches at night is a common challenge for most parents because they need to be fed every few hours.
As your baby grows, night-time feedings become less frequent and, if you’re lucky, you can finally expect to have a good night’s sleep – on most nights, at least.
If your little one likes to keep you awake at night and functioning on minimal sleep has become the new norm in your household, you need to look for solutions to get your baby’s sleep routine under control.
Let’s take a look at some tips you can use to get your baby to sleep peacefully through the night.
⦁ Understand Your Baby’s Needs
The first thing you need to do is identify which of your baby’s sleeping habits are in your control and which aren’t. In the first 2 months, you don’t really have much choice but to nurse your baby every few hours to make sure their little stomachs can stay full through the night.
Sometimes, a wet diaper could also be the reason why your baby keeps waking up and disrupting your sleep. It’s better to switch to overnight diapers to make sure your baby can sleep peacefully.
⦁ Create a Bedtime Routine
Believe it or not, sleeping is a skill that your little one will have to learn and it will take time. You’ll find that once you’ve settled into a bedtime routine, even the slightest change can wake your baby up.
To create a bedtime routine, you need to start introducing calming activities that your baby will respond to when it’s close to bedtime. These can include singing, swaddling, or dimming the lights. Once you’ve set the mood for bedtime, it’ll be a lot easier for you to put your baby to sleep and catch some Z’s yourself.
⦁ Make Sure They're Getting the Right Amount of Daytime Sleep
If your baby is sleeping too much during the day, you can’t expect them to get the same amount of sleep at night. Babies can choose to sleep whenever, but if you try and stick to a routine and incorporate activities that they associate with bedtime into your day, you can have some control over when they sleep and for how long.
⦁ Stay Patient
The most important thing you need to remember is that you have to stay patient when you’re dealing with a baby. Even if you do everything in your power to follow a sleeping schedule and use all kinds of sleep-training techniques, your baby can still manage to keep you awake against your will.
Getting your baby to sleep through the night can be a challenge. However, if you make a habit of putting them to sleep around the same time each day and try to understand their needs, it’ll be a lot easier for you to get them to sleep longer.
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