When your baby to sleep through the night it’s not only great for baby but it’s great for mom as well! After all, life as a mom can you leave you a little worn out, to say the least. Every baby is different and there is no one size fits all method to getting your little bundle of joy to sleep, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment. All five of my children were very different – a few slept through the night early on and the others took longer. Some babies will sleep through the night early on, some may wake up during the night the first few years of life. Just love and support your little one the best you can. Don’t compare to other babies. If your baby needs some extra snuggles at night sometimes, that’s ok too.
Here are 10 tips to try that will help sooth your baby and get her/him to sleep through the night.
- Establish baby’s bedtime routine. This is key to developing positive sleeping habits for your baby. Having a predictable pattern helps baby identify when it’s time to go to sleep. This is also a really wonderful way to spend some quality time with your little one. It’s a great time for story time, snuggles and singing lullabies.
- Unplug. No TV, tablets, stimulating noises, electronics or bright lights an hour before bed.
- Give a warm soothing bath before bedtime. I like to add one drop of Lavender essential oil & one drop of Frankincense to an unscented, non-toxic bubble bath or Dr. Bronners unscented castile soap. Never add the oils directly to the bath water.
- Massage. Mix coconut oil and 1 drop of doTERRA Lavender, Serenity or Roman oil together for a soothing massage oil. Make sure the room is not cold and lay a towel or blanket under your baby and focus on short gentle strokes from head to feet.
- Use a sound machine or white noise. Nowadays, there are specific baby sleeping sound machines that play white noise and other sounds to put your baby to sleep. Place the sound machine on the other side of the room and turn the volume down even more after baby falls asleep. A good rule of thumb is to play the white noise machines at 50 decibels (which is pretty quiet). I recommend downloading an app to measure the sound.
- Choose a favorite lullaby and play the same song(s) each night. My daughters still remember the ones I played for them from this album. This will also tie into building familiarity into their new bedtime routine.
- Adjust the temperature. Make sure the room is not too hot or cold. “Many experts recommend that the temperature in the room where a baby sleeps be kept between 68–72°F (20–22.2°C). Although most bedrooms don’t have their own thermostats, an indoor thermometer can help you track the room temperature.” – source Not only will this help keep your baby get relaxed before bed it also helps prevent SIDS because overheating can be dangerous you can read more.
- Swaddle your baby. Swaddling helps calm your baby and settle them down for sleep. The best part? There are so many great swaddling blankets out there these days to choose from. Here’s how to properly swaddle your baby:
- Spread the blanket out flat, with one corner folded down.
- Lay the baby face-up on the blanket with their head above the folded corner.
- Straighten their left arm and wrap the left corner of the blanket over their body. Then tuck it between their right arm and the right side of their body.
- Then tuck the right arm down, and fold the right corner of the blanket over their body and under the left side.
- Fold or twist the bottom of the blanket loosely and tuck it under one side of the baby.
- Make sure baby’s hips can move and that the blanket is not too tight. You should be able to fit two to three fingers between the baby’s chest and the swaddle.
- Use doTERRA essential oils. Use the Aromalite diffuser (runs for eight hours) with 2-3 drops of Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Serenity or Roman cChamomile. Remember to keep the room ventilated when diffusing.
- Lots of snuggles! I do not believe in leaving babies to cry. I snuggled, rocked and sang to mine and they all still learned how to sleep through the night. 🙂 Here is an article about why not let your baby cry it out: Remember that babies waking up through the night is completely normal so don’t feel discouraged! Eventually children will grow out of this (and move on to the next phase!) and in hindsight this will be a very small part of your baby’s life. Good luck and sweet dreams!
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