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How to get your baby to sleep through the night
Your baby has her reasons for waking up through the night with a cry. It may be that she wants to be breastfed or just want to be fed. She may also need you to rock her, comfort and reassure her of your presence during the night. It can also be that she is teething, this can also make any baby uncomfortable.
As a mother of four amazing babies, I can emphatically tell you that my baby waking up in the middle of the night and at other hours in the night really affected my health initially. Every day, I felt drained of energy, I was constantly tired and got easily aggressive.
I remember returning to my job after my baby was a year, It wasn't easy for me at all. I could remember grabbing my mug of coffee that I hardly drink on a normal day. At that period it became my best friend because I needed it to be at alert and function properly in the classroom where I've 20 pupils. I also needed to function well at home for my other kids and husband. So it became somehow frustrating and depression was about to set in until my midwife told me these…..
I have heard few moms complain that their babies always wake through the night because of hunger. Well, this is not always true. There are few moms that are less bordered by their babies waking through the nights often times. It means those moms can cope with the night-interruptions.
These moms let their babies sleep naturally on their own without having to manipulate the time, their babies go to bed. Of course, babies wake up multiple times in their first few months till at least six months.
If you belong to the group of moms that find it difficult to cope with the night-interruptions, then these pieces of advice are for you.
How to help my baby sleep through the night
this first-year guide will teach you the basic things to know about your baby's nighttime sleep to find out how many hours of sleep he or she need at every age.
At about 1 week old baby – sleep 8 hours. Babies in this month
sleep 16 to 18 hours a day.
6 weeks baby- sleep 8.5 hours. At Nighttime their sleep finally begins to solidify.
By about3 – 4 months – Babies sleep 9 hours. It is advisable to Move bedtime upwards. They tend to sleep 10 to 12 hours at night with a feeding or two.
6 months baby – sleep 10 hours. Now is the best time to sleep-train your little one.
9 months baby – 11 hours of sleep. Most babies sleep typically about this hours and take two daily naps that adds up to three hours, though it varies from baby to baby.
12 months – 3 years toddlers
At this stage most toddlers need up to 10 to 13 hours of sleep, this includes an afternoon nap of one to three hours.
Steps to help your baby or toddler settle easily
- Social and lively daytime feed
- quiet and calm night-time feeds ( This help your baby to set her body right and learn the difference
Start with a warm bath and then pop your baby into his pyjamas. You can follow this up with a calming massage and a bedtime story or lullaby. Try and be consistent to let your baby know it's time to go to sleep. ( your baby can sleep in your room for the first six months) This you can do for at least 30 minutes.
A simple and short bedtime routine does the magic too, at least for about 3 months. It encourages some quiet time.
Babies who naturally fall asleep on their own can sleep most times through the night. That is why it is advisable to allow your baby sleep on her own. Babies who are rocked or feed to sleep may start to depend on it, rather than settle by herself.
Babies who are over six months old can be given a security object, such as a stuffed animal or baby blanket. At that time when you separate from your child that familiar object given to her can be a comfort to her.
- Don't just rush away but wait to see if your baby settles on her own before patting or rocking her to sleep.
These are ways you can help your babies sleep through the night. I hope this will at least help someone out there.
How were you able to help your baby sleep through the night?