One thing I often hear from new mothers is the difficulty they’re having with helping their babies learn to sleep through the night. It can be one of the most difficult, yet most rewarding, tasks an early mother and father go through. The first night your baby sleeps through the night will feel like a huge reward and allow you to get solid sleep for nights to come.
I recently came across this graphic from a childcare and nanny company based here in Northern Virginia that outlines the strategies, goals, and guidelines for helping your baby sleep through the night.
One additional tip that I found to be a huge help is to let your husband be the one to go in and check on the baby. Young babies often have different expectations from their mothers and fathers and may respond better to their father gently but firmly reminding them to lay down and that everything will be okay. My husband and I implemented this approach and it was very helpful in our efforts to help our three boys learn to sleep through the night. He was a bit more reasonable and helped me relax when I wanted to barge in and save my baby from the crib and his tears. Working as a team through this life lesson was extremely beneficial.
Once they’re sleeping through the night in their cribs, you’ll have at least until they grow into a toddler bed to sleep through the night. After they realize they can get out of their bed though, they’ll come find you in the middle of the night for loves and snuggles.
What do you think? Do you think the recommended approach from this graphic is similar to how you taught your children to sleep through the night? Is there anything else you’d recommend to help them learn to sleep?
About Jamie Hinckley
I am a mom of three crazy boys! We love life, play hard, and ALWAYS get messy! Life is busy and full of fun, jumping, crashing, skinned knees, rough housing, torn jeans, scratches, but most of all LOVE. Yes, life is crazy. Actually its completely nuts, but I wouldn't change a thing! We love life and can't wait for our next adventure... and one day, possibly a little girl! Haha!