Almost every mom is told, “sleep when the baby sleeps,” but honestly, few if I’m quite sure none of my regular readers have cooks, cleaners, and chauffeurs taking care of all that needs to be done in a household. And, if you’re headed back to work, a baby’s sleep schedule is even more important to a working mom. For that reason, it is important to consider tips to help your baby sleep through the night.
Tips for getting baby to sleep through the night
- Have a routine which helps set the tone for nighttime versus daytime. Keep the lights low, sounds low and consider using a white noise machine to help keep baby undisturbed. You could even help calm their mood with swaddling baby wraps before settling them down to sleep, or stay nearby to provide comfort as they drift off.
- Make sure baby is fed before going to sleep. Babies systems are pretty efficient, especially breastfed babies, so the more time between feeding and bedtime, the more likely baby will need to wake up for nourishment.
- Don’t let a wet diaper be the reason baby wakes up. That means you’ll want to keep baby in an absorbent diaper for night time. For baby’s overnight diaper, you can rely on Huggies OverNites Diapers – the #1 selling nighttime diaper that’s scientifically designed to support baby’s sleep at night. The wick away layer acts to keep baby’s skin dry and healthy and the SnugFit Waistband keeps the diaper in place as your baby moves throughout the night for maximum protection.
- Make baby comfortable and you as well. If that means you need to find a way to safe co-sleep or room share, so be it. Many moms find that even when baby is sleeping, they aren’t because they’re worried about baby, so if you can look into a co-sleeper or nearby bassinet and know baby is okay, you won’t need to walk across the house for reassurance.
- Know that medically sleep through the night is 5 hours. So yes, once baby is asleep for the night, you need to head to bed. Really!
You can find additional Tips for Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night, but remember, if baby isn’t yet sleeping through the night, and still wakes, talk to your doctor, especially if you know the baby is fed, not wet, and has no other issues. You’ll want to know that you aren’t alone in your struggle to find sleep for you AND for baby. Working on a routine, ensuring baby is fed and not feeling wetness are some of the early steps to getting on to a good sleep system for the entire family.
And here’s a video that’s worth watching: Confessions of Sleep Deprived Parents Video
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