getting your baby to sleep through the night is possible. I PROMISE! I totally understand the frustration when you just lay your baby down and you sleepily crawl back into your warm bed and just when you are about to fall asleep you hear your baby crying. You sigh because all you want is a night uninterrupted.
Trust me we all have been there! I remember crying one night because I was so sleep-deprived and no matter what I tried my baby would not stay asleep when I laid her down. She would time it perfectly! I would finally get her asleep (after hours of trying) crawl into bed, get comfy and just as I was about to fall asleep I would hear her cry Ugggg.
Now the little disclaimer. My baby has usually been a fantastic sleeper since day one. But man there have been those nights that no matter what she would not stay asleep for more than an hour.
I am a tester. Meaning I try tons of different things until I find the solution and I finally found one! If you are done with those sleepless nights keep on reading because one of these tricks might just help your baby to sleep through and night!
1. Make Sure You Are Giving Them A Full Feeding
Throughout the day you might tend to not give your baby a full feeding whether you are nursing or bottle feeding. I know there have been days that I have been so busy that my baby’s feeding time has been cut short.
When it is bedtime you should not be cutting their feeding time short. If you do, that might be a reason they are waking up in the middle of the night because they are hungry. It took me an hour sometimes an hour and a half before my baby was fully fed and ready for bed. Even if she fell fast asleep within thirty minutes of me feeding her I would wake her up.
Sometimes she would eat really great for twenty minutes and then be wide awake and I would sit there in her rocking chair with her until she got sleepy again (which she would do within fifteen minutes) I usually aimed for an hour every night.
Making sure my baby had a full feeding every night was one way that got her to sleep through the night. When you are putting your little one down try spending a little more time feeding them to make sure they are getting a full feed.
2. Burp Really Well
Now my little girl swallowed air a lot when I was nursing her. When she was a newborn until four to five months old I would have to feed her for a few seconds, take her off and burp her really really well. If I didn’t burp her well she was projectile and spit up all the food she just ate!
As she got older I could feed her long before I took her off to burp. There have been times that I thought she was burped good but she would wake up in the middle of the night because of the discomfort her bubble was causing her. Once I got her and burped her she would fall right back to sleep.
3. Sleep Sacks
My nighttime dramatically changed when I get a sleep sack for my baby. When she was about 4 months old she hated being swaddled and she would break out of the blanket. Which made me not get good sleep because I would worry about the blanket getting all up in her face.
Then I found the sleep sack! I wanted one that was like a wearable blanket so that I could still have her in her pajamas and then put her sleep sack on her. I did find some that were like pajamas with long sleeves and the bottom of the foot area was sewed closed but I still didn’t want to swaddle her.
After searching I found a really warm wearable blanket that she could just wear over her pajamas! The sleep sack kept her warm, it was something I didn’t have to worry about getting in her face and it still gave her the feeling of being wrapped up!
4. White Noise
Having white noise is amazing! especially if your baby is a light sleeper. White noise is great for two reasons. One- They mimic the sounds inside the womb so that it is comfort and soothes the baby. Two- They are great outside noise blockers. This is how amazing they are at blocking out sounds.
I once had a blender going when my baby was taking her nap and now her room was the closest to the kitchen. I went into her room and shut the door to see if I could heat the bender and I did not hear ANY sound!
Before we had a white noise maker our baby would wake up to every little sound. So that goodness for the white noise maker.
5. If They Wake Up Don’t Take Them Out Of Their Crib
Now you know your baby’s needs and cries the best. I knew when my baby had a bubble or she was in pain by her cry. If she had her pain cry I would pick her up to solve the pain and then I laid her back down.
Sometimes babies wake up just because they want to be held. If you take your baby out and hold them every time they wake up they are going to start expecting that. So before picking them up to try comforting them in their crib first and if that is not working then pick them up.
6. Get Your Copy Of The Baby Wise Book
This is probably one of the best books out there! The Baby Wise books teach you how to get your newborn to sleep through by night, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, acid reflux, and how to get your baby on a schedule which is so important!
Our first baby was a great nighttime sleeper. She started sleeping through the night at 4 months old. However, with our second baby. It was a major struggle to get him to sleep through the night. He is a baby who seeks external comfort, and that was very challenging to deal with.
I was struggling so much with him that I knew I needed help. That is when I came across the Baby Wise book. I read the book in three days and I started implementing the teachings in the book right away.
The day I got the book I changed his schedule to match what the book was teaching. To be honest, the first few days were horrible! But after 3-4 days our baby started taking better naps and started sleeping through the night!
No matter the age of your baby. You can use the techniques taught in this book!
At the end of the day. I know how frustrating it can be when you are so exhausted and you just won’t sleep. Make sure you are taking care of your self mama! When your baby is down for their nap. Take a nap too! It’s okay if the dishes sit in the sink a little longer.
One other thing I love about the baby wise book is that you can get access to their private Facebook group. Which I absolutely love! I hope you get more sleep soon mama.