I’m That Mom Who Has That Baby
June 10, 2015
Will you hate me if I tell you my 9-week old is sleeping through the night? I won’t blame you if you do. I do realize this is a small miracle. My other babies never slept through the night the first year of their lives either. (Heck, my 2.5 year old still doesn’t!) And, I remember when someone would mention that their baby was sleeping through the night I would always ask (most likely in a high-pitched voice in disbelief with a red, panicked face):
- How old is your baby?
- How long do they sleep for?
- What is your bedtime routine?
- How long have they been sleeping through the night?!
Even now, when my baby has slept through the night since week 6, I feel the need to KNOCK ON WOOD after I say “she sleeps through the night.” When I put her down for what I think may be her last feeding for the night, I think: “She might be up again soon.” And yet, she sleeps.
I even have been thinking ahead when she will be four months old and ask myself: “Oh man, will she have a sleep regression?” And, “When she changes beds (she currently sleeps by our bed in a Rock n’ Sleep bed), will she no longer be able to sleep through the night?”
I mean, I STILL don’t believe that she actually is capable of doing what she does. And yet, every morning, I hear her cooing and grunting trying to get her hands out of her Swaddle, check my phone to see what time it is, and awe at her ability to sleep through the night.
When my other babies didn’t sleep through the night, I was overcome with intense jealousy of a fellow mother getting a full night’s rest. Even then, I knew that my babies just needed me during the night. But, that doesn’t make the restless nights any easier, or the waves of exhaustion that come during the day anymore doable.
And yes, I am going to be that annoying mom that offers advice even if you don’t want to hear it. But, I have done different techniques with this baby than I did with my first or second, so maybe they will help you too:
- Don’t let your newborn sleep longer than 4 hours during the day. Let your baby save that long stretch of sleep at night.
- Swaddle baby.
- Use a comfortable, safe bed for them to sleep in. (We love this bed.)
- Use white noise (especially if they don’t take a binky).
- Once baby wakes up follow this order of actions as much as you can: Change baby’s diaper, Eat, Play, Sleep. (Except for at night, no “play” time.)
- If the baby wakes up during the night, keep bright lights turned off, and keep it a quiet environment.
- During the day, have window coverings open, go about your normal routine (including vacuuming or having siblings around), so your baby gets a sense of daytime vs. night-time.
These steps have helped my baby sleep through the night. But, trust me; I do realize that every baby is so different. But, keep trying new techniques to putting the baby down, stick with a routine, and do what works for you.
(And now, I’m KNOCKING ON WOOD! I don’t want to jinx my luck.)
Any suggestions you have for helping baby sleep through the night?
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