In this section you'll find the 3 steps you need to
help your baby sleep through the night
. If your little boy or girl is not sleeping appropriately long stretches at night, there's a lot we can do to help improve that, dramatically, at any age.
Step 1. Get the basics right
(details below): a solid sleep schedule, bedtime routine, pacifier use, etc.
Step 2. Relieve physical & emotional discomforts
(details below): due to teething, acid reflux, gas, separation anxiety, etc.
Step 3. Use effective no-tears sleep techniques
: weaning from nursing to sleep, self-soothing, staying asleep, overcome waking every hour, etc. For doable all-in-one action plans and support with this, you might find my ebooks
Overcome Frequent Waking
(if many wakings each night) and
No Tears Sleeping Through the Night
(if just 1 or 2 wakings a night) helpful.
Step 1. Get the sleeping through
the night basics right
Good sleep is always based on the same solid basics and optimal sleep hygiene.
helps your little one settle easily, sleep
well and for longer stretches.
is crucial to help your baby wind down before bed
and you'll also find your baby sleeping deeper and for longer stretches.
Depending on your baby's age, night feeds may still be necessary. A newborn baby
should not be without feeding longer than 3-4 hours. From anywhere
between 4-6 months and 1 year old, night feeds will no longer be
continue to wake for feeding out of
habit, or for comfort and reassurance. Know that with the right techniques - in my approach these techniques are
- you can help your baby sleep through for longer stretches up to all night, wean from being helped to sleep (feed, rock, hold, swing, ...), avoid early wakings and make the most of pacifier use (and how to transition away from it).
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
Your Baby Sleeping Through The Night Yet?"
Trivial as it may seem, it's amazing how powerful a
and positive attitude
towards your baby's sleep is in helping your little boy or girl relax and sleep well too.
Step 2. Relieve physical and emotional discomforts
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
may be bothering her.
Also if your baby only wakes once or twice a night, you'll find
"Overcome Frequent Waking" most helpful. It makes it doable to
improve your nights, gently yet most effectively, and as quickly as possible.
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 14+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.