Is your baby active and awake during night? Have you tried out everything but nothing seems to work? Are you constantly looking for ways on how how to get baby to sleep through the night?
If you are a sleep deprived mother who wants her baby to have a good sleep routine at night, we are here to help. Read on to find how you can achieve the same by using some effective tips.
How To Get Baby To Sleep Through The Night:
Your newborn should ideally sleep for 16 hours or more during the day in various stretches. Initially, your baby might do most of this sleep through the day, while the night sleep routine will still be erratic. By the time your baby reaches four months, you will notice a sleep pattern forming. Your baby may start sleeping for longer stretches, even at night, sometimes for as long as four hours at a stretch. It might take time for your baby to understand this pattern. Gentle guiding and setting a pattern will help your baby sleep better. (1)
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Tips On How To Get Your Baby To Sleep Through The Night:
Here are some simple and effective tips that will help your baby sleeping through the night: (2)
1. Set A Routine:
Your baby will highly benefit from a routine, even as young as two to three months of age.
- Set a simple bedtime routine for your baby.
- Make sure you keep your baby’s sleep times consistent each day.
- Your baby may still not follow the pattern, but give it time.
- Even if your baby seems in a playful mood, make her lie down and put her to bed.
- Do all the sleep related activities you do with her, at the same time each day.
- Doing this consistently each day will establish a routine for your baby.
2. Keep Her Engaged Through The Day:
As your baby starts to get more active, engage her more during the day.
- Play with her more during the evening.
- Take her out for walks and help her engage more mentally and physically.
- Try and extend her wake time in the second half.
- If you feel her getting sleepy in the late evening, show her an activity that will keep her awake some more.
- Gradually, her sleep time will shift towards night.
3. Use The Bedroom A Sleep Place:
Teach your baby that the bedroom is a place to sleep.
- Each time you put your baby to sleep, make sure you do it in a designated area in the bedroom.
- Your baby will soon start identifying the space with sleep.
- Make sure you do not engage her in play and other activities in the sleep area.
- Remove all toys and other distractions from the sleeping area and dedicate it only to sleep.
- Keep the night time conditions in the room consistent. The lights and sounds she experiences while going to sleep should remain the same throughout. Even if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she will see nothing has changed and will fall off to sleep easily.
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4. Avoid Picking Up Or Playing In The Middle Of The Night:
Do not pick up your baby or play with her if she wakes up in the middle of the night.
- Instead, quietly guide her back to sleep again.
- If she cries to be picked up, try soothing her back to sleep by gently patting her.
- Sing a rhyme you sing at bedtime to make her understand it is still time to sleep.
- Your baby may not yet understand the difference between waking up after a full sleep and waking up in the middle of sleep. Continue with putting to sleep routines even if she seems fully awake in the middle of the night.
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5. Engage Her In Soothing Activities Right Before Bedtime:
Keep the most soothing activities for the last.
- Involve your baby in her most favorite quiet activities closest to bedtime.
- She will start looking forward to bedtime and will be more calm and relaxed.
- Activities like singing a favorite rhyme, patting her back and head and giving a massage will all help calm her. This will help the baby sleep through night.