4 Tips To Get Your Baby To Sleep

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by Nicole on January 3, 2011 · 1 comment

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Getting your baby to sleep isn’t always easy, and just like your baby, your sleep is a precious commodity. You don’t have a partner to take the red-eye shift when you’ve gone without sleep for too many days in a row. Because of this, getting your baby to sleep through the night becomes an overwhelming need, not just something you are working on. Here are some methods other moms have used. Choose the one that best fits your parenting style and your baby’s personality, and soon you will be snoozing again.

First, you need to have realistic expectations. No matter what your friend’s baby did, a newborn is not supposed to sleep 12 hours at night. According to Mayo Clinic, by three months babies should sleep about five hours at a time during the night. By six months, they are capable of sleeping 12 hours.

Cry It Out

The Cry It Out method is one of the oldest in the books. According to this method, you learn when your baby needs to eat in the first few weeks, and get your baby on a fairly good schedule. When your baby wakes during the night, feed and diaper him, if needed, then place him in his crib awake. He will fuss, but you need to leave the room and let him fuss. This will quickly teach him to put himself to sleep, and soon he will stop waking to eat unless he is truly hungry.

Co-Sleeping

Sometimes, co-sleeping safely can help getting your baby to sleep. This will also help you get more sleep. To co-sleep safely, purchase a bassinet that attaches to your bed. You will be within arms length of your baby to shush him back to sleep if he wakes and he will be able to see you when he needs comfort.

Maximizing Playtime

During the day, you need to avoid the temptation to lay baby down for too many naps. Babies do need a lot of daytime sleep, but you need to make the most of awake times. Play with your baby, stimulate her with activity in the home, and keep her near the light when it is daytime to encourage her to fall into a regular sleep pattern.

No-Cry Method

The no-cry method of helping your baby sleep through the night involves placing your baby to bed when she is awake but drowsy. Unlike the cry it out method, you will still comfort her when she cries. However, you will avoid rocking her to sleep, and if possible, avoid picking her up. This makes her dependent on you to fall asleep. Instead, get her drowsy, but put her to bed awake. If she cries, do what you can to comfort her, picking her up if you need to, but always insist on putting her to bed awake. Soon you will be able to lay her down without a fight.

Each of these tips will help you when you are getting your baby to sleep. There are many other Parenting Help" href="/raising-children/" target="_self">parenting tips you can try to help you as you raise your family.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.


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Angie January 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

One of the worst things you can do is to let the baby sleep in bed with you. I do not find this to be safe but I have know people to do this to save money on a bed. And then your child depends on it. Do you really want your child to be sleeping with you for the next how many years? I did not really think so.

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