Do you have trouble getting your baby to sleep at night? Perhaps you have issues with putting them down to sleep without them being out cold.
Perhaps you have issues with them waking up all throughout the night. Whatever the case it is frustrating for a parent to have a baby that doesn’t sleep well.
All parents go through rough patches with their new baby.
Each baby is different and what works for some may not work for others and so on. You need to find out where your baby’s best sleep behaviors fit and devise a good bedtime routine.
Sometimes parents may not know where to turn or what to do to get their baby to sleep and then sleep all night. The truth of the matter is that all babies are different and you must figure out what routines work for you and your baby.
You need to decide what you are willing to do or sacrifice in order to obtain a peaceful night’s sleep for you and your baby. Sometimes sleep issues stem from medical concerns such as digestive issues or colic.
Some babies may suffer from allergies that cause their noses to be stuffy. But for most babies sleep issues come from bad sleep habits that developed early on. The good news is that there is hope for getting your baby to fall asleep and sleep soundly through the entire night.
Having a video monitor is certainly one of the best ways to keep track whether these tips work out or not. It can be a life-saving device for ensuring quality sleep for both you and your babies.
47 Tips to Get Baby Sleep Through the Night
Below are 47 tips that will serve to help you get your baby to sleep and to sleep (hopefully) through the entire night, or, at least, to sleep long enough to give you a chance at some good shuteye time.
Each tip is just a suggestion on things you can try. You can mix and match the tips for best sleep results.
1 – You need to have realistic expectations
When dealing with baby’s sleep patterns, you need to have realistic expectations. You will probably not get a solid night’s sleep for a while, so prepare mentally for the getting up through the night.
If you approach it with the right attitude, it will go better.
2 – Make sure your baby is up to date on their well baby check-ups
Sometimes the cause of sleepless nights might be a hidden medical reason like tummy aches, painful bowel movements, ear infections, teething, or even a fever.
Rule out any medical reason for the frequent night wakings. Change formula or feeding times or even diaper brands if necessary.
3 – Try feeding your baby a light meal
Try feeding your baby a light meal before laying them down for the night’s bedtime. Sometimes a full belly with food will help them to feel satisfied and they will sleep longer.
Try feeding a bit of baby cereal and warm milk (breastfed formula or breast milk if they are newborns) and warm milk if they are weaned and older.
4 – Keep the bedroom for night sleep only
Naps are good, but they should be limited in the place and time, try laying the baby down for a nap in any room but the bedroom. Keep the bedroom for night sleep only.
Let them nap for forty-five minutes and wake them, even if it’s for a short time. This helps them to be sleepier at night.
5 – Maybe it is too quiet for the baby to sleep sound
While you don’t want big noise, try adding simple white noise to the room. Perhaps the hum of a humidifier or a fan set on low and turned away from the baby.
Soft low music is good too at lulling to sleep. Don’t play very loud jumpy music.
6 – No blaming yourself
It may be easy to play the blame game and blame yourself for your baby’s inability to sleep through the night. You must realize that babies will wake up throughout the night and that’s just the way it is.
Some babies will wake up more than others will. It only lasts for a short season so no blaming yourself.
7 – Give the baby a soft stuffed toy or a soft blanket they can hug
Make sure the toy or blanket is “baby proof” and safe to put in their crib with them. This offers a sense of security and warmth, which may help to lull them back to sleep. Let you baby takes naps with it too as a habit.
8 – Keep the noise level normal
Contrary to keeping it quiet at night, when you lay your baby down for a nap do not keep the house quiet. It becomes very difficult to keep the entire house quiet while baby naps.
If you do this, they will awaken at every little sound. Keep the noise level normal during naps and quiet at night.
9 – Babies love to be swaddled
If the baby is lying in loose blankets or clothing, they may not sleep very well. Try swaddling the baby in a receiving blanket or a special swaddle blanket before laying them down in the crib to sleep.
Swaddling helps them to feel safe and secure and they tend to sleep better when swaddled.
10 – Is the room nice and dim or dark at night?
Sometimes if there is a night light or a lamp left on this will disrupt sleep patterns. Babies sleep better if the room is nice and dim.
Help their inner clocks by making sure the room is nice and bright at night. Keep the day and night lighting separate.
11 – Let others help you with the night time wakings
If you have a partner or husband allow them the opportunity to share in the responsibility and let them get up with the baby at night. Take turns, trade night duty either every other night or every other waking.
Try both ways to see what works best for your family.
12 – Don’t put the baby on a regimented sleep schedule
Probably one of the worse things you can do is try to get the baby on a regimented sleep schedule and expect it always to go smoothly.
Being a parent of a new baby means you must adapt to being flexible. You will have nights where the baby will be sick, or hot, or cold, or having bad dreams.
13 – A nice bedtime routine
Sometimes a nice bedtime routine is good for preparing your baby for sleep. One of the best methods of relaxing a baby is a nice warm bath.
Give your baby a bath about a half an hour before their bedtime. Make the bath nice, calm, and gentle. Soothe the baby with soft words as you dress them for bed.
14 – Find a night light that is soothing or fun for your baby
If your baby is entertained with the night light they may not need you present to fall asleep.
Find a night light that is not too bright and yet bright enough the baby can easily see it. Use one that’s on a timer so it shuts off.
15 – It will not last a lifetime
Everything you go through with your baby only lasts for a season and the same goes for the sleepless nights. If you set your mind on this thought you can buckle down and just ride it out knowing there will come a day when your baby will sleep better through the night. Children eventually do sleep all night long.
16 – Babies will give you cues when they are tired
They may become cranky. They may rub their eyes. They will yawn a lot.
They will look for a place to fall asleep. Watch for these queues and begin the bedtime routine when you see them. They tend to sleep better if they are sleepy when they go to bed.
17 – Without the need of being held to sleep
As tempting as it is to want to hold your precious napping baby you are only serving to make it a habit. Soon they will not be able to sleep unless they are in your arms.
Try to make naptime a time when they are resting on their own without the need of being held to sleep or nap.
18 – Nice warm Bath
Start to tone down your baby’s activities a couple of hours before bed, ending with a nice warm bath. This helps to send a message to their body that it is time to wind down and become sleepy.
Too many stimuli will make them wide awake at bedtime and then you will have a battle. Keep the evening quiet.
19 – Do not allow your baby to take many naps throughout the day
By limiting the number of naps you are increasing the chance they will want to sleep longer through the night.
Babies that take too many naps need to expend their energy sometime. Limit the daytime naps and help to put a sleepy baby to bed each night.
20 – Changing their diaper right before you put them to bed
Set your baby up for a successful long night’s sleep by changing their diaper right before you put them to bed. If you use cloth diapers, double up on the diapers so they can go longer in between changes.
If you use disposable purchase the special night time diapers which are designed to hold more wetness allowing them to sleep.
21 – Test out different room temperatures
Some babies need the air warmer to have a good night’s sleep and others may need it cooler. You can test out different room temperatures and try incorporating a humidifier to see if it makes a difference.
Something as little as five degrees in temperature can make all the difference in your baby getting a good night’s sleep.
22 – Try putting the baby to sleep with you
If you are drug-free and a light sleeper you may be happy to find that your baby will sleep just fine all night snuggled up beside you.
Make sure the bed is safe for the baby, make it free from items that may cause suffocation and away from the edge.
23 – Keep the house nice and quiet
It may help your baby to sleep if you can keep the house nice and quiet when you put them to bed. If you have the TV on turn it down low enough that they cannot hear it, or turn it off altogether.
Night is a good time to keep it quiet and dim for the baby to sleep.
24 – Change of scenery
Sometimes all that is needed for the baby to sleep longer at night is a change of scenery. Try rearranging their room. Move their crib to a different spot.
Try changing rooms and see if the baby sleeps better in a different room. Test this out during naps and at night and make a decision on the best place.
25 – What may have worked for one child may not for another child
Any parent of more than one child will tell you all babies are different. You will need to find what works for your child without expectations that what worked for the older child will work for the younger child.
Each child their own unique sleep pattern.
26 – Different positions
Try laying a small baby in different positions to see if one of the positions will help them to fall asleep faster and comfortably stay asleep longer.
Try laying them on their back. Try laying them on their right or left side, scotching up a newborn with a rolled blanket or a special wedge made just for newborn babies.
27 – Have a baby monitor
Try going to your baby the moment they cry at night to prevent them from waking up with a full blown cry. If you can try to lull them back to sleep before the crying stimulates them too much.
It may help to have the crib in your room, or to have a baby monitor so you can hear.
28 – Keep the lights off
If you have to get up with your baby in the middle of the night keep the lights off. Try changing their diaper or feeding them with just a nightlight.
Light may stimulate your baby and cause them to wake up and be alert. Keep the light as dim as possible to help them to go back to sleep.
29 – A baby will sleep better if they are nice and warm
If their bed is too cool, they may squirm and wake up more. Try keeping the bed warm.
Dress them in warm pajamas and swaddle them in a soft warm blanket. Make sure the air is warm but not hot. Babies sleep much better when they are warm.
30 – Keep them from being too stimulated and coming fully awake
When your baby wakes up in the middle of the night you must do what you can to keep them from being too stimulated and coming fully awake.
It may seem cruel, but when you come in their room to feed them or change them in the middle of the night avoid giving them eye contact and no talking.
31 – Try some light aromatherapy in your baby’s room
Keep it light and out of contact of your baby. Perhaps use a gentle diffuser and try some lavender oil. If you don’t have a diffuser try placing a drop or two of the oil on a cotton ball and place it near the crib, but out of baby’s grabbing range.
32 – Once your baby is sound asleep, do not disturb them
While it may be tempting to go into their room and arrange their blankets, you should try not to do anything unless they are in danger and allow them to keep sleeping.
Sometimes just pulling blankets up on them may disturb them to waking up from a peaceful sleep.
33 – If you are a breastfeeding mom, cut back on the amount of caffeine you consume during the day
Avoid the caffeine completely from midafternoon on until the next morning. Do not feed your baby any caffeine, which is included in chocolate.
Try consuming foods that help to induce sleepiness like a cup of warm milk before feeding them before bed.
34 – Right before you lay baby down give them a gentle massage
There are books that explain how to give a baby a good massage. Just like a massage will help you to relax so will it help your baby to relax.
Gently rub their arms, legs, head, hands, feet, and back. Soothe them to sleep with your gentle hands.
35 – Give them a reward
If your baby is older make a reward chart and give them a reward if they sleep through the night. This gives them incentive to try to reach this goal.
Make the reward something age appropriate so they will want it and will try their best to earn it. Even a tiny toddler can be inspired with a good reward.
36 – Babies thrive on set routines
Try to come up with a comfortable bedtime routine for you and your baby and practice it each night.
You can give a bath, dress warmly (sleep sack might be a good choice), feed a little cereal and or warm milk, give a baby massage, and even read them a nighttime story. Keep the room dim and your voice calm.
37 – Try placing them in a baby swing
If your baby has trouble falling asleep in the beginning of the bedtime try placing them in a baby swing. Sometimes the back and forth motion of a swing help them to relax and fall asleep.
You may want to place them in the swing for a few minutes after their night bath and just prior to laying down.
38 – Try practice attachment parenting
If your baby is ultra fussy at nighttime, try practice attachment parenting. This is where you wear your baby in a baby sling with you through the day.
If you can’t do it all the time, try doing it in the evenings only. The movement in the sling lulls them to relax and makes them feel extra secure.
39 – Sufficient sleep during the day
Sometimes sleep issues occur at night if the baby is not receiving sufficient sleep during the day. While you want to limit the naps, you want to make sure they have their naps.
Keep up with the amount of sleep your baby gets in the day and adjust the nap times as necessary. Sleep habits change as they grow.
40 – Try different bedtime routines
Follow the path of least resistance when it comes to getting your baby to sleep all night. Try music or white noise and adjust it as necessary.
Try different bedtime routines until you hit on one that works. Give each new change several days to see if it works.
41 – Sleep training helps
Sleep training helps if you wish to be able to lay your baby down without putting them to sleep first. This takes practice and it must become a habit for the child.
Lay the baby down each night after going through their calm bedtime routine. Allow your baby to cry for a few minutes before showing up to check.
42 – Perhaps your baby needs to sense you are near to sleep well
You can remedy this by wearing a T-shirt or a soft robe for a day and then leave it with the baby, right next to them, so they will sense you while they sleep.
You can try placing their blanket with you while you sleep one night, so you are touching it all night.
43 – Consistency is the key
Consistency is the key is helping your baby to develop good sleep habits. If getting them to sleep through the night is the goal then work towards that.
Decide how long you will allow your baby to cry before coming to them to soothe them. Set your baby up for success at night by making sure they are comfortable.
44 – Create a space that will help you
If you must get up during the night create a space that will help you to help soothe the baby back to sleep fast. If they wake up needing diaper changes, have a clean diaper and baby wipes handy.
Make sure to use wipe warmer to warm the wipes before applying to baby’s bottom. Keep a burp cloth by the crib for feedings.
45 – Put your baby on schedules that will help them to relax and feel comfortable
This includes their feeding schedule. If they are well fed during the day, chances are pretty good they will sleep soundly through the night. Stay on the feeding / sleeping schedule.
Understand that interruptions in your baby’s daily routine may cause some night sleep issues.
46 – Do not give in to pressure to co-sleep or not to co-sleep with your baby
You will have opponents on either side of this debate. You should do what is best for you and your baby in this situation.
You know your sleep routine well enough to know if it will work or not. Follow your own instincts here.
47 – Make the bedtime routine a fun time for baby
Be happy and smile as you bathe them and dress them for bed. Sing lullabies and read a nice sweet bedtime story to them.
Give them something to look forward to each night. Your baby will be more likely to lie down and go to sleep if you are happy.
By now you are equipped with a good number of tips you can try that will help to encourage your baby to fall asleep on their own and sleep through the night. Sleep, like anything else, is a habit.
Babies are creatures of habits very much like adults. They enjoy a good routine and a schedule that does not vary but stays consistence from day to day. Schedules and routines obviously can be and should be adjusted as your baby grows.
Their needs change, they require more or less sleep at once. You, as the adult, must be flexible with your baby especially in the first couple of years. years.
A baby does most of its growing during the first year as they go from being a very helpless and dependent newborn to an independent seeking and very mobile toddler.
You will see the changes take place and you will have to adjust their sleep routines accordingly. Newborns may need five or six naps during the day as well as sleep at night, while a toddler may only need one or two naps. You can adjust the duration of the naps to see what helps with night sleeping.
All habits take a couple of days to break and new ones take a couple of days to make. You must be patient with the sleep process. Try one tip at a time instead of trying for several at once.
Even if your baby is not accustomed to sleeping well at night, this is their schedule and routine. If you are going to break the bad habits do so gently and slowly.
Make it seem as if it is their idea and allow the changes to take place at a natural pace. You will eventually help your baby to sleep all night.