When will I get to sleep again? It’s one of the most common fears many new moms and dads have (for both their newborn AND themselves). It’s a legit concern – evidence-based research backs that sleep IS a priority! And you’re not alone if you are or have asked yourself this question….
I’m about to share my best tips for getting your baby to sleep through the night.
After years of working with women during pregnancy, labor, and in the postpartum period, I’ve found most parents are looking for that one magic answer to get their baby sleeping through the night. You’ve likely seen plenty of people claiming to know the “trick”, “secret”, or “resolution” to getting your little one to do so. Can I share a Truth with you? There isn’t one.
There isn’t a magical trick out there. The truth is, each baby is unique. Your baby’s needs aren’t the same as my baby’s needs.
But I’ve got good news!
The KEY to helping your little one extend their nighttime sleep is actually learning the “WHY” behind the information overload, suggestions, quick tricks and tips out there.
This looks less like “just stick to THIS schedule!” and more like educating yourself and being informed about infant sleep cycles, realistic expectations for sleep, methods and ways to naturally extend sleep time, and implementing the right steps to a good foundation for sleep.
It’s a HOLISTIC approach to sleep. And it’s a PROVEN method to get your baby, and yourself more sleep!
I’m going to share the proven methods in just a minute, but I want you to know – You can access my free guide, the Essential Truths to Birth, Babies, and Breastfeeding to get your started!
If you’re looking for a routine, I’ve got my 2 to 6 weeks recommended routine for baby !
I want to empower you to set your baby up to be a good sleeper!
Many parents are made to think “sleep training” is some kind of developmental milestone you have to walk through with your baby. But It doesn’t have to be.
Gaining understanding on each of the topics I’m about the mention and incorporating some foundational practices from day one ….will help your baby naturally extend their sleep from 5-6 hous…..to 6-8 hours….. then 10-12 hours….
Without using the cry it out method!
Here are some ways that are proven to get you [ and baby ] more nighttime sleep!
- Feeding on cue (whether breast or bottle)
- Learning how to hit “reset” when your baby gets overstimulated
- Following a routine (not the same as a schedule)…and following the feed, wake, sleep, feed cycle.
- Limiting your baby’s wake windows specific to their age and also to their current developmental leap or growth spurt
- Helping your baby organize their naps…and “get” naps. *talk about the cycle of no naps and ineffective feeds.
- And lastly, knowing how to soothe your baby…to help baby get into a deep sleep, especially during the first 12 weeks of life.
Many factors come into play when it comes to your baby and sleep. A well meaning friend might have shared a “fool proof schedule” with you. But the truth is, you don’t want to live trapped by your baby’s schedule….and that schedule isn’t going to work for you…if you don’t know the WHY behind the recommendation.
Your baby is constantly changing!
Babies go through growth spurts, developmental leaps, teething, illness, you name it. You also go on vacations, visit your neighbors, stay with your parents.
You need to have the “know how” to not have to refer to your book, app, or manual every time something happens outside of your “schedule”. When you know the “why” you can have a routine you are confident in rather than a schedule you hope your life can stick to.
It’s hard to feel confident in your ability to figure out what your non-verbal baby needs when no one has taken the time to help you understand the “why” behind their recommendations or give you helpful suggestions.
And I just shared a few tips, but I share a lot more, including the “why” in my Babies Made Simple course.
In the Babies course you’ll get access to the “why” behind my suggestions and the “know how” to feel confident in your ability to support your baby with a routine that gets all of you the extended nighttime sleep you need!