In this section you'll find the 3 steps you need to
help your baby sleep through the night, without any crying. 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, parents find my program Overcome Frequent Waking most 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.
babies discover the difference between day and night, then from 1-4 months old gradually start taking regular naps and longer
nights toward then sleeping through the night consistently.
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.
between 4-6 months and 1 year old, night feeds will no longer be
But your baby may
continue to wake for feeding out of
habit, a grown-into hunger feeling, 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, etc.) and learn to self-soothe to sleep, and avoid early wakings.
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".
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. They may simply be too young to be able to,
or one of the
may be bothering them.
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 15+ 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. Also, Baby Sleep Advice was awarded "Most Trusted Infant's Sleep Solutions Company 2023" in the Benelux Enterprise Awards 2023.
Heidi continually conducts personal research and participates in continued education and in that way stays up to date with current scientific and pyschosocial infant care.
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.