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Tips To Get Your Baby On A Regular Sleeping Schedule

April 12, 2013

You know what the experts say: Establish a regular bedtime routine and teach your baby to fall asleep on her own. Then, within a few days or weeks, you too will have a baby who sleeps through the night. Sounds great, but does it really work?

Establishing a consistent bedtime ritual — one that includes some variation on a bath, book, and bed — is the number one way parents help their infants drift off to sleep.

The following are more sleep strategies that worked for other members of the BabyCenter community. Whatever route you choose, remember this: What worked for one family might not work for you, so do what’s best for you and your baby.

Comforting sounds

“One day I noticed that my 3-month-old fell asleep every time I blow-dried my hair. Then I discovered that turning the radio to static also worked like a charm. We just crank the radio up and it soothes her to sleep. It’s more convenient than the blow dryer. And it’s a lifesaver when we’re traveling and she gets tired and fussy. She’ll cry sometimes for a few minutes, but it always works!”
— Richelle

“I cried a lot when I was a baby, and my mom ran the vacuum to get me to fall asleep. When my parents worried about wearing out the carpet, they set the vacuum up on a board while it ran. Then when they worried about wearing out the vacuum, they made a tape of the vacuum noise. It’s a family joke now, but it worked!”
— Heidi

“The fan in the bathroom works wonders when our baby is tired and restless but won’t sleep. At first, we put her in her bouncer and left her in there to take a nap, but now she falls asleep in her crib after just a few minutes in the bathroom. We use a small fan in her bedroom to help ‘white out’ noises.”
— Joy

“I bought a sound machine that has about eight sounds, such as white noise, heartbeats, rain, ocean, and streams. I use it for every nap to help drown out the noises of the day and at night, too.”
— Angela

Sleep aids

“We keep a bucket of pacifiers by his crib so one is always handy.”
— Roxie

“I put a heating pad in my baby’s crib to warm it up and take it out when I lay him down. I also put a nightshirt that I’ve worn over him. He has slept all night since I started those tricks.”
— Sharon

 Separate day from night

“From the day we brought our son Zachary home, we started to treat daytime differently from nighttime. During the day we would be very playful and speak in normal tones. At night, we spoke less and more softly to him while feeding, and kept his room dimly lit and quiet.”

— Carol

“My husband and I established a routine while still in the hospital to differentiate night from day for our little girl. During the day, our daughter is always in the light (even when she naps) and never swaddled. At night it’s dark and she gets wrapped up in her swaddling blanket (she loves it). The only thing the same between night and day is the quiet public radio station playing in the background.”
— Luckiest mom on earth!

Watch for sleepy signs

“My best advice is to watch your baby’s cues, i.e., rubbing his eyes, fussing, sucking fingers or a thumb. The minute we see him do any of the above, we just put him down in his crib and he goes right to sleep.”
— Tracy

Flexible bedtime hour

“Don’t make bedtime a fight. Not all babies go to sleep at 7 p.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. Our son Ian sleeps from 9 p.m. until 7:30 am. This schedule is rarely changed and he sleeps without a hassle.”
— Dan and Christine

 Modified crying it out

“After weeks of repeated night wakings, we decided to try the technique where you let your baby cry for 15 minutes and then go in and verbally soothe him. Nicholas cried for 15 minutes, and we went in there and ‘talked’ him down. The next night he did it again, but only cried for ten minutes and he was out. It didn’t happen the next night.”
— Kevin

“When my daughter was 2 1/2 months, I started the bedtime routine of bottle, bath, and bed. I put her in bed tired but awake and let her cry for five minutes, then went in and calmed her down without picking her up — every five minutes the first and second nights, then every ten minutes, and so on. It worked great. One week and she was sleeping eight to ten hours a night.”
— Anonymous

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6 thoughts on “Tips To Get Your Baby On A Regular Sleeping Schedule

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Karrie

Thank you, Angela! My Owlet was a gift from my friend, Ali, when this unthinkable tragedy occurred. She is now working to have Oklahoma legislation passed that would improve daycare standards on safe sleeping practices. If there is any way that Owlet can help spread awareness, we would greatly appreciate it! The Facebook page is: https://m.facebook.com/shepardswatchOK?fref=ts&_rdr

There is a link to the news stories that ran today on the Facebook page as well. Please helps us make Oklahoma safer for our children!

Lacey Pappas

Thank you Karrie! We definitely will look into it.

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Karrie

Here is a link to an article on the dangers of sleeping in a car seat. Please read and pass along the information.

http://www.ahchealthenews.com/2015/04/30/is-it-safe-to-let-your-baby-sleep-in-the-car-seat/

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Karrie

Regarding the post advice of letting the baby sleep in the car seat – my best friend’s 3-month-old recently died at an in home daycare because he was left in a car seat to sleep. It is possible for the baby to sink down in thee carrier until his chin rests on his chest and cuts off his airway, which is what happened to my friend’s son.

For that reason, it is now illegal in most states for a daycare to let infants sleep in a car seat. There have been far too many deaths that way already. I am glad it worked out well for that family, but I would greatly appreciate it I that recommendation would be removed for the safety of other infants.

Angela Silva

Karrie, thank you for your feedback, and you are exactly correct. As firm proponents of safe sleep, this should not have been included in our article, and we apologize profusely. It will be removed immediately.

Jordan Monroe

Karrie,

You are completely correct!! This blog article was written by an intern two years ago when the company first started. Safe sleep is now so important that anyone representing our company via text, audio, or video, has to go through a course about safe sleep. I am so very embarrassed this slipped through our fingers. Please know it will never happen again.