New moms know all about baby sleep problems and how exhausting it can be to spend your sleepless nights rocking your infant to sleep as he nurses for the fourth, fifth, even sixth time in the night. But how do you get to that sweet spot where your baby falls asleep without tears and only wakes up once (maybe twice) per night? The truth is that it takes a bit of trial and error, but here are some things to try when your baby just doesn’t seem to want to go to sleep.
Tips for overcoming baby sleep problems
1. If you don’t have a routine, now is the time to start one
There’s a reason why everyone urges parents to get into and stick to a routine with their babies. Perhaps it’ll take three weeks, and in some cases, even three months to get into the routine, but it’s an absolute must. Babies and kids thrive on routine, and it’s one of the first things you need to establish in order to overcome baby sleep problems.
2. For babies, “through the night” does NOT mean 8 hours of solid sleeping
You really should chuck out the idea that babies who “sleep through the night” do 8-hour shifts. Five or six hours is much more realistic. In theory, a baby can accomplish a “through the night” session by the time he is three or four months old, but only if he isn’t hungry, wet, or sick.
3. Make your baby as comfortable as possible
You’re miserable whenever you’re uncomfortable, which means the same goes for your infant. It’s super important to figure out what your baby needs for comfort and then to use it as a sleeping tool. Some babies hate sleep sacks while others easily dose off if they’re snuggled up in a swaddle. Try as many approaches as possible and make sure you get the comfort levels just right for a restful night of sleep. For you and your baby.
4. Don’t beat yourself up
It’s hard not to get frustrated with baby sleep problems, but try not to beat yourself up about it. so what if your kid’s friends are already asleep by 7 p.m. You’re not a horrible parent if your kid is still awake at 10 p.m. Things don’t always go according to plan, even if you stick to a routine. And that’s okay.