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by Chris on 05/01/2010

DSC 1500 300x198 Baby Sleep TipsFor the past couple nights Baby A has been kind enough to give her good looking, caring parents a full night’s sleep. Now that we’ve had a taste of what sleep used to be, we are going to do everything short of drugging her to keep it that way….hmm a shot of NyQuil before bed shouldn’t hurt.

So how do you program you baby so she’ll sleep through the night? Well… you can’t. All babies are different, some will sleep through the night immediately while it can take years for others. But what you can do is teach your baby good sleeping habits early.

Below are a few tips you can use to help regulate your baby’s sleep pattern to give you a fighting chance of getting a full night’s sleep.

Baby Sleep Tips

  • Have a comfort object. Chances are this comfort object – such as a stuffed animal or blanket – will become a cherished possession that will help soothe your baby. If startled awake at night, your baby will find comfort and security with their favorite blanket and will often so back so sleep on their own.
  • Separate day from night. Many newborns have their days and nights mixed up. To help reverse this, start a bedtime routine and stick to it. Give them a bath, turn down the lights, and play quietly. Whatever you do, just try to help your baby relax and not to do anything stimulating.
  • Keep nighttime meals business only. When your baby starts to fuss in the middle of the night, don’t wait. Go to her immediately and feed her before she has a chance to wake up. Don’t talk or turn the light on, keep the atmosphere calm and quiet so that baby doesn’t think it is playtime.
  • Teach your baby to fall asleep on her own. As a newborn your baby will undoubtedly fall asleep while being held, feeding, etc. Eventually you will want your baby to get used to the idea of going to sleep on her own. To do this, you want to put your baby in their crib sleepy but still awake. If she becomes accustomed to falling asleep while feeding, rocking her, or just being held, she will be upset (to put it mildly) if she wakes up in the middle of the night to see that her comfort is gone.

Teaching Baby A to fall asleep on her own is a huge priority for the wife and I. The last thing we wanted is for her to be dependent on us to get her to sleep. We have relatives with children that had to be rocked asleep or would throw a fit. Not only is it tiring for the parent, it sets up nasty habits for the future.

By putting her in her crib while she is still awake has worked wonders. We now know how to tell when she is tired and ready for bed so the second we see those cues we rush her to the crib and tuck her in with her blanket. I must say that (knock on wood) we haven’t had any problems yet!

{ 7 comments }

calgarydaddy January 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Nyquill is a no-no? I think it worked on me? lol…

Chris January 7, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Hah, just remember… you didn’t hear it from me.

Scott January 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Falling asleep on their own was key for us. I just knew that holding our daughters till they fell asleep would lead to hard times.

However, the comfort object has come back to haunt us with our 4 yr old. She gets in moods and want’s to take it everywhere

Diana February 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I disagree that having baby dependent on you to fall asleep is a bad thing. I think sometimes parents are overly scared of setting a pattern that will last forever, but babies are dependent on us for many things that they will grow out of naturally when they are old enough. Putting baby down sleepy is not a bad idea, but parents should remember to be guided by love so that the fear of creating a kid who can’t sleep by themselves doesn’t lead the parent to letting the baby cry it out!

Chris February 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Diana,

Thanks for stopping by. You make a great point worth noting. They will grow out of it when they’re old enough. The art of parenting seems to come down to picking your battles, and what works for one child may not work for another.

Cheers!

busymommy April 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I think we all worry too much about what the correct way for sleeping. The babies do grow up. There are some great times to calm things down and stretch out the sleep times. For us a warm bath and a ocean wave sound machine worked the best. I even found a portable ocean wave should machine online to take along when we are away from home or just in the car, Sleepy Bee. So now when I leave the house I double check list includes, keys, check, phone, check, diapers, check wipes, check, Sleepy Bee, check. Good to go!

Jennallee March 7, 2012 at 2:34 am

Hi, I love your site, it’s so nice to hear it from a farthers prospective. I totally agree on many levels with your tips and ideas for sleep patterns and getting baby of to sleep. From day one our little Bean has been put down to sleep and has done a great job of taking himself off to sleep with his music playing in the back ground. I have been slatted in the past for indicating that our child likes his independance and would rather be put down when he is tired but he had fallen into this routine and we loved it. However he is just about to turn 4 months and is in the middle of sleep regression! He will stll go down between 6 and 7.30 but instead of waking up at just 1.30 for milk he now wakes at 2.30 and 4.30 then 6.30 is get up time i was at my witts end and spent a coulpe nights sleeping in his room so his Daddy wasnt woken up and well rested for work. decided this was not a good idea and didnt want him to get into bad sleeping habits so put a stop to this straight away. He has his milk at 1.30 and music at 2.30 and 4.30 then milk at 6.30 Not sure if its coincidence or not but he dropped one of his wake ups last night and went 1.30-4 so maybe this has helped will keep going and see what happens. Lovely to have found your site I will share with my friends who have babies of similar age. Keep up the good work and a big squeeze for your little one.

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