Newborns all have one thing in common: they wake their parents up at night. After several months of sleepless nights and interrupted sleep, you might start to feel stressed and anxious. Around four or five months old, however, your baby's sleep patterns should be normalizing into longer stretches of slumber. With a bit of encouragement and sleep training, your baby will be sleeping through the night in no time. Here are some tips.
1. Soothe her to sleepiness
Another way to get your baby to sleep through the night is to soothe them until they are on the verge of sleep and then put them in their crib. Letting your baby learn to drift off on their own will help immensely in getting them to sleep through the night. Once your baby gets in the habit of going to sleep on their own, they will be able to sooth themselves to sleep if they wake up in the middle of the night.
2. Have a bedtime routine
Babies who have a bedtime routine will fall asleep easier, sleep better and cry less often in the middle of the night. It’s best to keep an hour to hour and a half the same every night before bed. Make sure that whatever activities you have the baby doing during that time are low-key, quiet and will wind them down.
4. Use a noise machine
Even the smallest sound in the middle of the night could wake your baby up. The best way to get your baby to sleep through the night, even with noises, is to get a white noise machine or keep a fan on. A noise machine or fan will create a gentle hum that will mask out other sounds. Another benefit of a sound machine is that the noise will eventually become associated with sleep and when turned on will clue them in to relax and fall asleep.
5. Remember, it’s not play time
Some babies, especially ones who are learning to walk or crawl, will wake up in the middle of the night excited and wanting to play. If you go into their room and see that they are chatting and cooing, ignore them. You have to remember that it is the middle of the night and if they are just excited they will eventually tire themselves out and fall back asleep. If your baby is crying then that is a different story!
Guest Blog by Jennifer Jacobellis, founder of Baby J
Jennifer Jacobellis started Baby J when her son was just a few months old. She ventured out to mommy and me classes and play groups, armed with just a blanket for him to lie on. After class, she would fold up her blanket and stick it in the diaper bag, knowing that when she got home it would have to go straight into the laundry basket. There had to be a better way!
One day she decided it was time to solve this problem. She ran to the fabric store and began tinkering. She designed this baby play mat with her germ-a-phobe tendencies in mind, as well as being soft, baby friendly, and chic. The Baby J play mat was born!
For more information, visit www.babyj.com
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