Would you like to know the best tips for getting a baby to sleep through the night? Are you tired of co-sleeping or bed-sharing with your child? (Co-sleeping means in your room. Bed-sharing means in your bed).
I must admit, I loved the extra loving and snuggling with my little one in bed, but after a few weeks of co-sleeping, I got a good glimpse of my future.
It was going to be the three of us sharing a bed. That didn’t sound so good.
I liked my sleep. And so did my husband.
From my days as a teacher, I knew one thing for sure–repetition created habits. You start the way you want to end up. That is when I decided to move our little baby boy into his crib.
Over the next couple of years, I listened to many of my friends’ nighttime soap operas that included the “family bed” while I got a good night of sleep most nights. He slept through at six weeks thanks to Babywise.
For those of you who are happy with your co-sleeping situation, by all means, keep doing it! But if you want seven easy tips for getting a baby to sleep through the night then check out this post.
7 Best Tips For Getting a Baby to Sleep Through the Night
I heard Keriann MacElroy, a certified pediatric sleep consultant, speak at our MOPS group. Here are some of her tips for getting a baby to sleep through the night…alone.
By the way, she says to avoid co-sleeping or bed-sharing. It’s a bad habit that will eventually have to be broken unless you want your teenager in bed with you. Yikes!
1. Create a routine
Start day one on a routine. Yep, a habit. This will help your baby regulate his circadian rhythm. Did you know we all make melatonin? It goes from about 7 pm – 7 am. Work with it!
Eat, play, nap, and have a bedtime routine about the same time every day. Make the days you are off your routine an exception. Not the rule.
Us News says, “Researchers also found that one of the three family routines for preschoolers – a regular bedtime schedule – might be the most important of all.” This is by far one of the best tips for getting a baby to sleep through the night.
2. Early bedtime
Put your baby to bed at the same time every night. Your child naturally starts making melatonin at about 6 pm-8 pm depending on age. If you don’t put your child to bed during this time, she will get a second wind a little later.
Staying up late actually prohibits a body from making melatonin.
I’m sure you have witnessed your child late at night bouncing off the walls when she is overtired. Cortisol kicked in. EEK.
And you triggered it by keeping her up. Yikes!
3. Dark room
We all sleep better in the dark. Make your child’s space as dark as possible during nap time and bedtime so you will get your baby to sleep through the night. Get blackout curtains or heavy shades to help block out the light.
Don’t use a night light. If you have to get one, use only one. And make sure it is yellow or amber light. Blue and green lights inhibit melatonin more than any other shade of light.
Watch out for alarm clocks, phones, and iPads. They are all stimulants and can inhibit sleep.
4. Boring bed
You want the bed to be boring so your baby only has the idea to sleep. Nothing else. Don’t put toys, animals, or books in the crib or bed. It is a distraction.
5. White noise
Keriann said a noise machine is okay. Her test is that if your child can take it to college, then he can have it now. Great way to decide if it is okay.
Start where you want to end up. This is one of the best tips for getting a baby to sleep through the night.
6. Cool temperature
Set the house temperature between 68 degrees to 72 degrees. It needs to be comfortable. This is one of the best tips for getting a baby to sleep through the night.
7. Set clear boundaries
Your child needs to understand that she is not allowed to get out of bed. Make sure there is a meaningful consequence in place if she decides to test you.
You will not get a decent night’s sleep if you don’t do this. You have to be consistent for this to work. Sickness, nightmares, and loud storms are an exception.
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How Do I Get My Baby to Sleep Through the Night?
These seven tips for getting a baby to sleep through the night is the best way to get your child to develop a habit. I did all of the things Keriann suggested when I had babies, and it worked.
I used Babywise (not an affiliate). It was the BEST thing I ever did.
I am so glad I transitioned my baby earlier rather than later. It would have been much harder to transition a toddler or elementary-age child out of our bed as there would have been a lot of crying and getting up.
When we moved our baby, he was so young that he didn’t know the difference.
What will you do?
I know many other cultures and even people in America co-sleep/bed share. They say things are fine. And it may be for you.
But if you are looking for a change or need sleep, then try these ideas. It may be hard at first, but once the transition is made, you will be glad you did it.
And you may find it also improves your marriage. In fact, your husband may even thank you!
What are your tips for getting a baby to sleep through the night? Comment below.
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