Wouldn’t it be nice to have simple baby sleep through the night tips all in one spot? Well, you have come to the right place, then.
This post is meant to give you some baby sleep through the night tips that are easy to implement.
So, here is my list of the 5 most important (and simple) things you can do to help your baby learn good sleeping habits.
When To Set Your Baby Down In The Crib
You will want to put your baby in her crib when she starts to get sleepy. This is opposed to holding her until she falls asleep.
Put your baby down when she starts showing signs of being tired.
For my babies this meant holding them until they started closing their eyes once or twice. This was always my sign that it was time to set them down in their crib.
Let Your Baby Cry For A Few Minutes
If your baby wakes up in the middle of the night, let her cry for a few minutes. The same goes for when you put her in her crib to fall asleep.
This will give your baby the opportunity settle back down to sleep without being held.
If the crying lasts longer than 5 to 10 minutes, then I would recommend going to check on your baby to make sure she doesn’t need anything.
Additionally, I would only recommend letting your baby cry after she is 6 months old. Before that, it is likely she needs something like food or a diaper change.
Don’t Pick Your Baby Up
Again, this tip is for babies that are 6 months or older.
If your baby starts crying in the middle of the night, comfort her in her crib by pressing gently on her stomach. Or, if she uses a pacifier put it back in her mouth.
If everything seems fine besides the crying. For example, she does not have a poop diaper, is not in pain (teething), or sick, go ahead and leave the room.
Continue checking on your baby in longer increments, she should eventually go back to sleep without needing to be held.
Move Baby To Own Room Around 3 Months
I recommend transitioning your baby to a crib in her own room somewhere between 3 months and 6 months.
This will allow your baby to be comfortable sleeping by herself.
You do not have to put your baby in her crib right away. You can just move the the bassinet into the nursery to prevent too many changes at one time.
Give Your Baby Enough Nap Time
It is very important that your baby is getting enough daytime sleep.
If your baby is overtired it will be harder for her to fall asleep and stay asleep at night.
The most important thing is that your baby is getting the correct of amount of total sleep throughout the day.
The recommended time between your baby’s naps was always the reference I found the easiest to use to make sure my baby’s nap schedule was on track.
Baby Sleep Through The Night Tips Summary
To summarize, here are the 5 simple baby sleep through the night tips in list form.
- Put your baby in her crib when she starts to get sleepy
- Let your baby cry for a few minutes
- Avoid picking your baby up
- Move your baby into her own room between 3 months and 6 months
- Make sure your baby is getting enough daytime sleep
Sometimes things happen, like your baby getting sick or teething. These things will probably force you stray away from some of these tips.
But, once your baby is back to normal, make sure you continue to stay the course.
Just remember, you might need to revisit implementing some of the list again to get your baby sleeping through the night.
These tips really helped me get all my children sleeping well at night, I hope they work for you too.
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