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How to Get Baby to Sleep Through the Night

 by: Wendy Owen

Much as we love them, babies can bring parents to their knees when they wake frequently during the night.

Tired from a hard day at work, it’s hard to get up in the wee hours of the morning to soothe a crying baby who probably doesn’t realize he’s supposed to be nice and quiet so the rest of the family can get some rest!

So how do we cope with this situation? The first thing to realize is that babies do wake frequently during the night as their sleep cycles are shorter than ours. Most times we are unaware of this as they often just close their eyes and go back to sleep again.

However if your family’s sleep is being disturbed all the time, helping baby sleep through the night is priority number one! Here’s some things to try.

Make sure he goes to bed at the same time every night - In other words establish a baby sleep schedule. Babies & young children find routines comforting, it makes them feel secure. Whether it’s a bath, a cuddle or a bedtime story, try to do the same things every night.

Don’t put him down too late - It’s a fact that sleep deprived babies wake more frequently. Let him have naps during the day when he seems tired, this will help him sleep better at night.

Don’t stimulate your baby in the evenings or close to bedtime. He will find it harder to go to sleep and may wake up more often. Make the hours before bed soothing and relaxing.

Give him a chance to go back to sleep on his own. Babies will often do this if left for a few minutes. Falling back to sleep by themselves establishes good sleeping habits. Of course if he becomes really distressed you need to attend to him.   (continued...)

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About The Author

Wendy Owen is a health researcher and author.

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