Help Baby Sleep Through the Night – 20 Tips from Real Moms

My new son, while totally wonderful, would not sleep!  Desperate to help baby sleep through the night, I asked my fellow mom bloggers for tips.  Below is a list of twenty awesome tips from real moms.  I’m happy to report, having tried many of these suggestions, that I have already gotten more rest!  As with all advice, only take what sounds like the right fit for your family.

Help Baby Sleep Through the Night

Establish a Routine

I’ve found the best thing to help babies and kids sleep is to create a simple bedtime routine and stick with it. From the beginning we nurse, sing 2 songs, then lay baby down drowsy but awake.  –  Becca of  Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Put them on a routine. Better if you can start at birth but if you haven’t, start now because I swear, you will see the difference. Have a consistent but simple bedtime routine. Don’t have more than three things. – Aysh of Words and Needles

Make Baby Comfortable

Fans (or other constant sound) work wonders for babies that startle at small sounds. Swaddle blankets are an amazing investment for newborn till around 3/4 months to help baby fall asleep and stay asleep! – Alida of  The Realistic Mama

Try introducing a lovey. -Laura of Lalymom

Rub (dilluted) lavender essential oil on the bottom of baby’s feet before bed. – Jenny of The Southern Institute

Is baby fussy in the evening? Try “rocking” them to sleep on an exercise ball.  – Jodi of Meaningful Mama

Get Help

One night a week we turned off the baby monitor and my husbeast slept in with the baby. That way I got a full nights sleep and didn’t wake at the slightest noise. We found that the babies self settled when left for longer (I would hear them and be straight to them)! – Jen of The Mad House

Ask a pediatrician for advice. – Dr. Orlena Kerek of Snotty Noses

Learn all you can about sleep rhythms. – Holly of Kids Activities Blog

My husband would be the one to go in and comfort them during the night. After a few nights they realized mama wasn’t coming in to nurse them, and all they got was daddy, so they would start sleeping longer stretches. – Deborah of My Life At Playtime

Daytime Matters

Try to get as much outside time during the day as possible.  All that fresh air is great for baby and mama.  Plus, it can really help with day-night confusion. – Carla of small + friendly

My top tip is for newborns is to make sure they get enough sleep during the day.  At that age, sleep begets sleep!  – MaryAnn of Mama Smiles

One tip, of many in this great post, is to try to fill your little ones attention basket during the day from Kristina of Toddler Approved

Change It Up

If your baby is old enough, consider night-weaning. – Kelly of The (Reformed) Idealist Mom

Try putting baby down in his/her own room instead of in your room.  We moved our baby to his own room and straight away he started sleeping through. We were obviously waking him up. – Abby of Things for Boys

Safe co-sleeping can be the answer for both baby and mama. – Lacy of Living on Love

If All Else Fails

Do your best to practice self-care.  Try these tips for coping with sleep deprivation from Mama Smiles.

They will do it when they are ready, be there to cuddle, nurse, and change them. My kids were terrible sleepers as babies and it was much less stressful to accept it than to keep wondering what we were doing wrong. Some kids need more help at night, so help them. – Alison of No Time For Flash Cards

Get help from your husband on the weekend so that you can at least sleep in. – Cerys of Rainy Day Mum

We did cry it out when she was 9-10 months (wasn’t so bad as everybody says: 1 night awful, 2nd woke up once, 3rd slept through) and I would recommend it to any parent of a child between 6 and 10 months old baby that wakes up more than 4 times per night. – Olga of Milk Crafts and Honesty

Wishing you a great nights sleep! 




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Meet Carla.  She lives in a small house on a friendly street with her husband, son, cat, and assorted chickens.  When she isn't busy being a Mom, you can find her writing on her blog at small & friendly about creating a handmade life, one adventure at a time.  Stay connected with her on Pinterest, Facebook, or Bloglovin'.