Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night
Would you like to help
sleep through the night
? Is she
not sleeping as you'd like? You can improve with the right approach:
My dedicated No-Tears
Sleeping Through the Night guide
takes you through the whole
process in 3 steps. You will use proven techniques to wean from
unnecessary awakenings and night feeds, whether by habit, comfort,
patterns or any other possible cause.
The Night Basics
Good sleep is always based on the same solid basics.
- A good sleep
schedule helps your little one settle easily, sleep
well and for longer stretches.
- A bedtime
routine is crucial to help your baby wind down before bed
and you'll also find your baby sleeping deeper and for longer stretches.
- Being able to self
soothe is an all important skill to have baby
sleep through the night. Most babies need quite some time and
consistent guidance to learn
to fall asleep on their own.
- Night feeds
are quite necessary and unavoidable in young
babies. A newborn baby
should not be without feeding longer than 3-4 hours. From anywhere
between 4-6 months and 1 year old, night feedings will no longer be
Depending on the baby, she will
continue to wake for feeding out of
habit, or simply because she needs some reassurance. Nothing wrong with
that, but if the night
awakenings are very frequent
or you simply won't
have her wake up so often, reduce the night feedings with these extra sleeping
There's helpful hints on avoiding
early awakenings and the use of a dummy or pacifier too.
Not everyone agrees on what "sleeping through the night" means: some
moms are thrilled when their baby sleeps for 5 hours non-stop, others
need 12 hours in a row before talking about "sleeping through". Find
out what is reasonable to expect in "Isn't
Your Baby Sleeping Through The Night Yet?"
- If your baby is waking very frequently (every 45 minutes,
every hour, every 2 hours, ...) don't miss my special article with a
plan for avoiding hourly awakenings, part 1 and part
You may also want to join the 2014 Hourly Wakings Study to share your
experience and receive free counseling on top: click here
for more info.
Common Sleep Disturbances
Once you have all the above basics in place, your baby may still not be
sleeping through the night. She may simply be too young to be able to,
or one of the common
may be bothering her.
You can often easily avoid poor sleep due to a common
Browse the articles on this site for help with using the positive
progress approach that truly teaches baby's and toddlers the lasting
skills they need to both settle independently and stay asleep. Without
the need for crying it out.
Specifically for sleeping through, "No-Tears
Sleeping Through the Night"
parents' favorite guide
that makes it doable to
improve your nights, gently yet most effectively.