My new son, while totally wonderful, would not sleep! Desperate to help baby sleep through the night, I knew that I needed to try something new. I asked my fellow moms for tips. Below is a list of twenty awesome ways to get baby to sleep through the night tips from real moms.
How to Get Baby to Sleep through the Night
As with all advice, only take what sounds like the right fit for your family. I have organized these baby sleeping tips into groups that seemed to keep popping up in the advice.
Related: How to get baby to sleep
What I like about that is that you might find several things that could help. Try them one by one!
Establish a Bedtime Routine
1. Try Dream Feeding
So, I read about dream feeding. I had never heard of it, but it worked. Our baby actually slept through tonight. For the first time in months. I was shocked, but it works wonders! ~ Becky from Your Modern Family
2. Choose a Bedtime Routine and Stick to It
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
3. Try this Bedtime Routine
4. Start a Bedtime Routine Today
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
5. Swaddle & White Noise
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
6. Try a Lovey
Try introducing a lovey. -Laura of Lalymom
7. Lavender to the Sleep Rescue
Rub (dilluted) lavender essential oil on the bottom of baby’s feet before bed. – Jenny of The Southern Institute
8. Rock a bye Baby!
Is baby fussy in the evening? Try rocking them to sleep on an exercise ball. – Jodi of Meaningful Mama
9. Night Shift
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
10. Pediatrician Expert
Ask a pediatrician for advice. – Dr. Orlena Kerek of Snotty Noses
11. Sleep Rhythms
Learn all you can about sleep rhythms. She used the book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child as a sleep bible. – Holly of Kids Activities Blog
12. Comfort from Others
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
13. Night Time Drink (Depending on Age of Child)
Daytime Matters When it Comes to Bed Time
14. Outside Play & Fresh Air
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
15. Get Enough Day Time Nap time
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
16. Keep them Busy
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
17. Night Weaning Can Help
If your baby is old enough, consider night-weaning. – Kelly of The (Reformed) Idealist Mom17.
18. Decrease Distractions
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 at Bed Time
20. How to Deal with Sleep Deprivation
Do your best to practice self-care. Try these tips for coping with sleep deprivation from Mama Smiles.
21. Help is Essential
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
22. Did I Mention Help is Essential
Get help from your husband on the weekend so that you can at least sleep in. – Cerys of Rainy Day Mum
23. Crying May be Inevitable
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
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Wishing you a great nights sleep!
Do you have any baby sleep advice to add?