Anyone who’s ever cared for an infant or toddler can tell you that sleep is a precious commodity – for parent and child alike. Babies awake during the night for many reasons, including hunger, discomfort, and just general restlessness.
And while some hours spent feeding or soothing your child back to sleep are inevitable, there are some ways in which you can create the optimal sleeping conditions, ensuring your best chance of baby sleeping through the night.
Here are the top 6 expert tips we found:
- Encourage activity during the day. When your baby is awake, make sure she is highly stimulated, so she’s more ready for sleep at night.
- Keep bed time consistent. Putting your baby to bed at the same time and with the same rituals each night will condition her to associate those things with bed time.
- Carry your baby in a sling or a carrier during the evening hours to make her relaxed.
- Try not to let your baby fall asleep outside her bed or crib. When she starts to become drowsy, transfer her right away, so she associates her bed with sleeping.
- Create a restful environment. Keep the room comfortable for sleeping at 65-70 degrees fahrenheit and add room-darkening shades or a night light, if necessary.
- If you sit in a chair next to the crib while you soothe your baby to sleep, each night, progressively move the chair further away from the crib until it’s not within view of your child, so she doesn’t come to depend on your presence in it to sleep.
If nothing seems to help, consult your pediatrician for more personalized recommendations. Use the Vitals Doctor Finder to find a pediatrician you can trust.
Sources: parents.com, ivillage.com, and mayoclinic.com