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Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night

Would you like to help your baby sleep through the night? Is she not sleeping as you'd like? You can improve with the right approach:

The basics
baby sleep schedule, bedtime routine, self-soothing, etc.

Avoid sleep disturbances
baby cold, teething, separation anxiety, night terrors, etc.

Use effective gentle sleep techniques
learn which techniques will help your baby go to sleep and stay asleep

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, stuck sleep patterns or any other possible cause.

Sleeping Through 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 well adapted schedule helps newborn babies discover the difference between day and night (newborn schedule), several month olds to start taking regular naps and longer nights (schedule 1-4 months) and sees a bigger baby sleeping through the night consistently (schedule 4 - 12 months).

Good naps during the day are crucial for good nights (see "Nap in a Snap" for step-by-step guidance for better naps).

  • bedtime routine is crucial to help your baby wind down before bed time 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.
Luckily there are alternatives to simply put your baby down awake and cold-turkey crying it out techniques: from effective self soothing tips on to different sleep method / sleep training approaches.
  • Night feeds are quite necessary and unavoidable in youngBaby sleeping through the night 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 strictly necessary.
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 through tips.

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 doable action plan for avoiding hourly awakenings, part 1 and part 2. 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.

Dealing With 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 sleep disturbances may be bothering her.

You can often easily avoid poor sleep due to a common cold, teething, a dirty diaper, separation anxiety, dreams, nightmares, night terrors, ...

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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" is our parents' favorite guide that makes it doable to improve your nights, gently yet most effectively.