Does anybody have any ideas on how to help a baby sleep through the night?

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Angie - posted on 12/09/2009

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Going along with the suggestions above, the best thing to do is to make a list of ways to tackle this issues and start crossing off the list. I had the same problem with my two litle ones and tried many suggestions before one worked. And both were completely different from the other. You will know right away if one worked or if it is time to try something else. My only suggestion to this method is to not give up too quickly. I would try different things for a week or two before deciding it wasn't working and moving on. My daughter responded to crying it out for a few days at 14 months after trying so hard to do the no cry sleep solution. My son responded to music, routine, etc. at 8 months. Good Luck!

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Having a routine helped best for my son. We do the 4 B's (Bath, Bottle, Book, Bed) Every night around the same time, I give him Easton a bath, then we sit in our room with the lights dim, I give him a bottle while my husband reads him a book. He knows when it's bedtime too and will start getting fussy if it's time for his bath. He usually only wakes up once in the night to eat, and goes right back to sleep.

Kelsey - posted on 12/09/2009

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It takes time, but if you are consistant it should work. I have done this since she was about 2 mos. She is 5 1/2 mos now and sleeps 12 hours straight through the night with an occasional middle of the night bottle especially now cause shes teething. I may just be lucky and have a naturally good sleeper. Its mostly just common sense, but make sure you have a bedtime routine so she knows that its coming and can prepare herself. I give her a bath every other night, put her pjs on, give her a bottle, and sing a song or two.I always make sure shes full, and cuddle with her for a while before I put her down. The most important part is making sure shes actually tired before you put her down. She will create a good sleeping schedule on her own with time. My daughter gets up at 7:30 and goes to bed at 7:30 every day and I had nothing to do with it. Its just letting them lead the way. If they dont sleep enough during the day it can actually make it harder for them to get a good nights sleep as well, despite what you may have been told.

Courtney - posted on 12/09/2009

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I co-sleep with my baby (he's two weeks tomorrow!) and he sleeps for a good five hours straight, wakes up, nurses, and back to sleep again for another five hours at night. I really think the co-sleeping helps him to sleep longer because as soon as he starts fussing and before he gets all worked up and bawling, I am able to comfort him back to sleep. Plus, I don't have to get out of bed! Even if he has a sporadic night and wakes up every couple hours, I still feel really well rested in the A.M.

Good luck!

Janet - posted on 12/09/2009

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All babies are different. There is no one perfect answer. Also it really depends what age your baby is. But if your baby is over 5 months then this would be my suggestion. My suggestion to you would be listen to your baby. Every baby has a different type of cry; hunger, pain, needing attention, sad, scarred. You just need to find out what your baby is trying to tell you. Try and set a bedtime, make sure noise level is low, lights dim. Once your baby falls asleep move him/her to their crib and wait. Once your baby starts to cry ask your self what type of cry it is. Maybe they have a burp still inside their tummy, or they may be hurting (teething, little leg cramps from growing, you can always go to your family doctor to rule out anything like ear infection, or bladder infection) and lastly they may be having a hard time falling asleep on their own. If they are having trouble falling asleep on their own you may want to let him/her cry it out for awhile (put baby to sleep in their crib, let them cry for a 5 minutes, go in with lights off, check to make sure they are okay, re-adjust them if they have wiggled around, try burping the first time they cry. Then place baby back into their crib say goodnight and walk out leaving the door partially closed. Wait a few more minutes then repeat your check, but don't lift your baby out of his/her crib. You may need to repeat this a few times each night until your baby can fall a sleep on their own.

Jenna - posted on 12/09/2009

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hey,I personally think routine is the best way my son was 1 1/2 months old when we started the routine thing(next time i will start from birth)I also make sure he doesnt sleep to much or too less through the day,(For a 2month they should only be sleeping 3 1/2 hours through the day.)We always give our son his bottle 30-45mins before his bath 6.30-7pm then we give a relaxing bath,give him a baby massage after keeping the lights dim then put him in2 bed awake as i made a big mistake when we first had him i was letting him sleep on me then putting him in2 the cot and he would would wake up not knowing where he was so we nipped that in the bud!Also another mistake i did was giving a dummie at night as now when his dummie falls out he wakes up but only early evening which is ok but he WAS doing it 4-5times anight!Theres a great book by gina ford called the complete sleep guide for contented babies its brill and i swear by it and another great thing its FREE in prima baby and pregnancy magazine!!!well good luck it does get better, my son was a monkey for not sleeping through the night and now hes great sleeps till 8.30-9am and im much happier now im getting more sleep!!!!!
good luck
p.s loving the your name by the way!x

Shannon - posted on 12/09/2009

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A box fan worked wonders for one of mine. Another needed to eat more solids during the day. It depends on how old the baby is. I am assuming the baby doesn't really need to eat? Another thing, they might be over tired. Try putting them to bed half an hour earlier. Hope that helps!

Natalie - posted on 12/09/2009

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how old is ur baby? i waited til mine was 7 months to start letting him cry. i went by the ferber method....the book is called solve your childs sleep problems, richard ferber, it worked great, as long as u can stand him crying, but within two nights he was sleepin thru it and waking up about 6:30-7 am!

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