Tips and Tricks to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Newborn sleeping

One of the biggest hurdles parents face is getting a full night’s rest. Infants and even toddlers can make sleep a challenge, but these tips and tricks to get your baby to sleep through the night are lifesavers!

Each child is different. Each parent is different. Each family is different, so realizing that there is no one-size-fits-approach to getting your child to sleep through the night is half of the battle. It will take trial and error, but with time and sticking to the technique you are trying, your baby will learn to sleep through the night.

As always, consult a pediatrician for the best options for your specific issues. Never be afraid to get a second opinion, either!

Related: Tips to Help Your Child Who Can’t Sleep

Co-Sleeping

There are several ways to co-sleep, but the most effective method of sharing a room with your child is by sleeping in his or her room in separate beds, according to all three of the pediatricians I personally surveyed. While this was not their first choice in getting a child to sleep through the night on their own, it does work for some families. All 3 docs agreed, that getting your child to sleep in his or her room – with or without you – is key. It will be tempting to bring little Junior into your comfortable bed to sleep, but you’ll be significantly better in the long room to make a temporary bed in your child’s room. Start by placing the temporary bed as far away from your child as he or she is comfortable with. It might start side-by-side, but it’s important to begin moving the bed father away over the course of sharing their room. This eases the detachment as you return to sleeping in your room.

Related: Safe Sleep Practices to Remember for Your New Baby

Cry It Out aka The CIO Method

It may seem barbaric and extremely hard, but letting your child cry it out is a popular pick for pediatricians. I personally used this method for all 3 of my children. It’s not easy, but it worked the fastest and was the most effective. It’s also the most difficult technique on several levels. We are naturally hard-wired to answer the cry of a baby, and trying to fight that response isn’t easy. The best way to ensure those long nights of learning to self-soothe is to put baby down with a full belly, still awake, and plenty of hugs. Some parents make the mistake of rocking their little cherub to sleep or holding them as they peacefully drift away to the Land of Nod. Feed your tot, give them plenty of love, and then put them down to sleep still awake from an early age. This way, they learn and understand from the start to self-soothe.

Tell baby you are just across the hall sleeping and will be with them in the morning and, after the lovely hugs and kisses, go to your own room –crying or no crying. When the wailing begins – don’t give in. Invest in visual monitors to ensure your tot is safe, but don’t be tempted intervene. If you must intervene in a concern of safety, enter the room, don’t say anything, fix the possible safety concern, and exit the room. If baby drops his or her favorite toy or blanket, don’t be tempted to get roped into the game of fetch. If baby tosses their snuggle item, they have to try and cope without it knowing you will not be lured into a game.

Schedule

Babies, generally speaking, are programmed to be creatures of habit. Kids need structure and prefer schedules. I, personally, feel like kids’ schedule gives them a feeling of control and sense of security in knowing what comes next. Even babies get the rhythm of life faster than you might expect. Set a time table that works for you and your family’s needs. Start your infant and newborn with a 7-7 schedule for bedtime. Set alarms to feed and change them every 3 or 4 hours for weeks 3 and 4. Yes, wake them up to get the schedule right.

It seems crazy, but Helen Moon, Elton John and David Furnish’s Hollywood nanny, is the authority on this method and even sold a book called ‘Cherish’ detailing the technique. When baby hits week 5, cut out one feeding, so you’ll get a 6 hour block of sleep. For example, put baby to baby at 7p.m., nurse at 10 p.m., and then wait until 4 a.m. for another feeding. As time progresses eliminate another feeding, until baby is sleeping through the night.

What worked for you? Share your tips and tricks for getting your baby to sleep through the night in the comment section below.

Comments

  1. says

    We did the complete opposite for all three of ours, and still co-sleep in a huge family bed now they are 6, 4 and 2. We’ve never had any sleep issues, let them determine their own sleeping pattern (all very different) and have never had any tears at bedtime or any other problems. It works perfectly for all of us.

    We have conducted extensive research into co-sleeping and other aspects of attachment parenting, and so much academic and medical opinion backs these philosophies up. Not to mention that it’s what people have been doing for thousands of years until misogynistic doctors, and capitalists wanting to sell product (cribs, cots, beds, bottles, dummies etc etc), started telling mothers their instinct and beliefs were wrong!

  2. Elizabeth O. says

    It’s always tough at first but when you figure out a schedule it all becomes easier. I love having a schedule, that worked very well for me when the twins arrived. Establishing it took a bit of time but it all worked out in the end.

  3. Jeanine says

    My babies never slept through the night until a little later on in their lives (9+ months) which I didn’t mind as a nursing co-sleeping mom. Getting them on a schedule after the early newborn weeks is so important! Great tips!

  4. travel blogger says

    This is very helpful! We had a pretty rough patch for a few months, but we tried the cry it out method, and it was awful but it only took three nights to get my son to learnt o self soothe when he would wake up. But those three nights were some of the worst of all my parenting experiences.

  5. Rosey says

    It’s nice to share the tips. I remember having to walk my youngest up and down the hall holding him like a football, lol

  6. says

    As a mom I have gone through all those hurdles for both my babies. And these are some simple yet effective steps that could help new moms to make sure their baby has a proper sleep through out the night.

  7. Melissa Bernardo says

    Great tips! I try to make sure my boys are on a schedule and that they’re bellies are full for bedtime.

  8. says

    These are great tips. After four kids I can tell you it is so nice to be able to sleep through the night. Sometimes you wonder if you will ever sleep again lol.

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