Most often, in the first days, weeks and months of the baby’s life, the young parents can only dream of making the baby sleep through the night and this dream shifts the other ones away. When will the baby start sleeping through the night? How can we get them sleep longer without waking up? These are some of the questions that are important to young parents, who are still getting used to one of the greatest changes in their life.
It is actually quite normal for the babies to wake up during the night. Some babies fall asleep more easily, but others start crying and wake their parents up. Many babies start sleeping all through the night after they turn one. Remember that in order to start sleeping longer, they should be old enough not to be fed during the night. For example, a 6-month-old baby is able to sleep for 6 hours without waking up when fed.
It sometimes takes more time for a baby to get used to sleeping during the night. Even when it comes to 2-year-olds, every fifth child wakes up and cries through the night. The overall temper of the baby may also be a factor. Some babies, for example, are more restless, which means that they basically wake up easily. Others sleep quietly and continuously. And third just need less sleep and wake up early in the morning.
How can you help your baby sleep through the night?
We offer you a few ideas about how to help your baby sleep during the night.
- First and most important, remember that babies are different. Some babies need more time to start sleeping during the entire night.
- If your baby wakes up late in the morning, it is most probably because of their night awakenings. A good idea is to start waking your baby earlier in the morning. This will make them sleep longer during the night.
- When the baby drifts off to a sweet and peaceful slumber, put them in a well-lit room. This way you will make them sleepless, which on the other hand will make them sleep better, and most importantly, longer during the night.
- Babies, and especially the ones around the age of 5 or 6 months are usually extremely interested in what is happening around them. More frequent meals during the day and playing with them will help you create a certain schedule which can meet their needs at the time, which is appropriate for you.
- When you breastfeed your baby, leave them to decide when they are full. This way the baby will have the opportunity to get more breast milk, which basically means that you can reduce the evening meals.
- Hug your baby often or use a “kangaroo” in order to keep them calm, especially in the early evenings, which will help them go to sleep more easily.
- Try making the evenings as calm as you can in order to avoid making the baby over-excited. If bedtime bath comforts them and makes them go to sleep easily, turn it to an everyday routine. However, if bedtime bath causes them too much excitement, choose the more appropriate timing.
- If your baby wakes up at night because they are hungry, breastfeed them in a dark room, if possible, and don’t turn the lamps on. Also, avoid diaper changing during the night – this will make your baby understand that nights are made for sleeping.
- Don’t get up every single time when your baby cries. Most babies wake up at night for short periods of time, and if you leave them be, they go back to sleep after a while. You also need some rest. So, don’t get up the very moment when you hear your baby crying.