How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night?
Watching your baby sleep is such a wonderful experience. He or she looks so sweet and innocent that you even can’t help kissing your baby. At that moment, you smell your mother's love.
But if you think about it, have you ever slept through the night for one night after giving birth?
You are faced with countless troubles: feeding your baby, changing diapers, taking care of your baby all the time even if she or he is sleeping...
How to turn it around and get better rest?
You should consider training your baby to sleep through the night. This is the most effective way because you can get much more time to sleep instead of waking up so often.
When Do Babies Sleep Through the Night?
When your baby can start to sleep through the night hinges on plenty of factors: age, weight, breastfeeding or not, feeding habits, etc.
It is irrational to train your baby to sleep through the night prematurely, which may ruin your baby’s health.
Newborn: For newborn babies, food need matters more than sleep and your baby grows really fast in the early weeks. Your baby's longest sleep period will be 2 to 3 hours and you will have to feed your baby.
2 to 3 months old: With the growth, your baby’s intake per meal is gradually increasing. And she or he can sleep for a longer time (5 to 6 hours) during the night. But your baby still needs to be fed during the night.
4 months old: Having reached the weight of 11 pounds, your baby is able to sleep for 7 to 8 hours for one night, but they may still ask for a nighttime feeding which is not needed.
5 to 6-month-old: Your baby is capable of sleeping through the night and you should train your baby to do it. If you have no idea about how to cut out the unnecessary nighttime feeding, consult your doctor. And if she or he wakes up frequently, you may know that your baby is not really hungry.
How to Get Baby to Sleep Through the Night?
As a new parent, it would be hard for you to control your baby’s sleeping habits. But if you get the hang of it, your baby will develop the habits.
1. Establish a bedtime routine
It's the same for adults, going to bed on a scheduled basis helps to develop a good habit. Start with a nice and relaxing bath, then, tell a story, developing the signal that it is time to sleep.
It would be better not to change the diaper during the night because you may wake your baby up. If there is a mess, do change the diaper gently with the light dimmed and make the least noise.
2. Fill your baby’s tummy during the day
Getting enough intake in the daytime makes your baby easier to fall asleep and your little one will be less hungry at night. Feed your baby at the suggested frequency and record the amount. If your baby eats less than usual, add an extra feed.
3. A dream feed before you go to sleep
Before you go to bed, wake your baby up with a dream feed. At that time, your baby is not completely hungry, but this feed will support an extra 1 to 2 hours of sleep for your baby.
What might prevent your baby from sleeping through the night?
Newborns are sensitive to plenty of factors.
Illnesses bring discomfort to your baby and make your baby agitated. When your little one feels really uncomfortable, he or she may cry rather than fall asleep.
One of the most common illnesses that may attack your baby is diaper rash. It makes your baby hurt and refuse to touch. If things get severe, it might hurt when your baby is lying down.
Changing the diapers often and restoring the used diapers in your Diaper Genie with Lionpapa generic Diaper Genie Refill. This couple contributes to sealing the odors and reducing the germ, reducing the risk of infection for your baby.
When your baby is getting the first teeth, it will wake your baby up often at night. Maybe your baby will cry more often than usual.
3. Uncomfortable sleeping environment
If it is too hot, it would be hard for your baby to feel asleep. 68 to 72 degrees would be perfect for the baby’s room. Silence and darkness also contribute to sleep.
And so on...