Getting Your Infant to Sleep Through the Night.

By Moriah Holland, Publisher of Macaroni KID Hagerstown, MD. May 5, 2023

One of the biggest challenges new parents face is getting their infants to sleep through the night. Waking up every few hours to tend to a crying baby can be exhausting, and can lead to sleep deprivation, which in turn can impact both the baby's and parents' health and wellbeing. While every baby is different, there are some strategies that parents can use to help their infants sleep through the night.

Establish a Bedtime Routine

One of the best things parents can do to help their infants sleep through the night is to establish a consistent bedtime routine. This can include activities such as a bath, reading a story, singing a lullaby, or just cuddling. Whatever the routine, it should be calming and predictable, and it should happen at the same time every night. By establishing a bedtime routine, parents can signal to their babies that it's time to wind down and get ready for sleep.

Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment

Babies need a safe and comfortable sleep environment to help them sleep through the night. This means making sure the room is dark, quiet, and cool (between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit). It's also important to make sure the baby is not too hot or too cold, and that the crib is free of any potential hazards. Soft and soothing white noise machines can also be helpful in drowning out any other noises that might disturb the baby's sleep.

Encourage Self-Soothing

Another strategy for helping infants sleep through the night is to encourage self-soothing. This means helping the baby learn to fall asleep on their own without relying on being rocked, fed, or held. One way to do this is to put the baby down while they are still awake, but drowsy, so they can learn to fall asleep on their own. This may take some time and patience, but it can be a helpful strategy in the long run.

Avoid Overstimulation

Babies can easily become overstimulated, which can make it difficult for them to fall asleep and stay asleep. To avoid overstimulation, parents should try to keep the baby's sleep environment quiet and calm. It's also a good idea to limit screen time and bright lights before bedtime, as these can interfere with the baby's natural sleep rhythms.

Be Patient

Finally, it's important for parents to be patient when it comes to getting their infants to sleep through the night. It's normal for babies to wake up during the night, especially in the early months. However, by establishing a consistent bedtime routine, creating a comfortable sleep environment, encouraging self-soothing, and avoiding overstimulation, parents can help their babies learn to sleep through the night.

Affirmations for Moms

Being a new mom can be challenging, and getting your baby to sleep through the night is just one of the many challenges you may face. Here are some affirmations to help you stay positive and focused on the journey:

  • I am doing the best I can for my baby.
  • My baby's sleep patterns will improve over time.
  • I trust my instincts as a parent.
  • I am patient and loving with my baby.
  • I take care of myself so I can better care for my baby.
  • I am grateful for the moments of peace and quiet during the night.
  • I am proud of myself for all that I do for my baby.

Wishing you a full nights worth of sleep Momma's & Daddy's!