Help! My Baby Won’t Sleep Through the Night!
One of the hardest parts of being a new parent is the fact that getting your baby to sleep through the night could prove to be very difficult, which means that you and your spouse could be losing out on hours of sleep every night. While most parents expect the first few months to be difficult, by months four, five, and six, some parents are pulling out their hair, asking us for help to get their baby to sleep during the night.
While the cause of a baby’s restlessness during the nighttime hours needs to be determined, and while every baby is different, there are some things that parents can do to help their babies (and themselves) get the sleep they need during the night.
One: Develop a Schedule and Routine
If your baby isn’t sleeping and you’ve ruled out health or other issues, the problem may very well be simply that your baby hasn’t figured out that it’s time to sleep. This can be helped by developing a sleep schedule and a routine revolving around that sleep schedule. For example, if you are planning on putting your baby down to bed at 7:00 p.m., you should make sure that they are in bed by 7:00 p.m. every single day, and that the routine leading up to bed – bath, reading a book, snuggling, putting on PJs, etc. is done at the same time and in the same manner every day. You should also make sure that naps occur at the same time during the day as well.
Two: Give Your Baby a Chance to Fall Back to Sleep
Some babies may not go back to sleep when they wake in the middle of the night because they are waiting for mom or dad to come and rock them back to sleep, associating rocking motions, cooing, being held, or being fed with bedtime. Sometimes, the only way to break this association is to allow your child to fall asleep on their own. As such, if your baby wakes up in the middle of the night, you should give them some time to try to soothe themselves back to sleep before rushing in.
Contact Seven Oaks Sleep Science Today
To learn more about sleep and your baby, contact Seven Oaks Sleep Science. We can help you figure out a sleep schedule and sleep philosophy that works for your family.