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These tips are simply what I did with my kids and should not be taken as medical advice.
Feeling tired? Another mom kindly pointed out, that if I’m not willing to share sleep tips, I should not be bragging about having 4 awesome sleepers.
First off, I wasn’t always getting 12 hours of sleep from my kids, with good naps. With my first, he had terrible colic, and I honestly had moments wondering what the heck I had gotten myself into. I was exhausted, my baby was up screaming all night, and I could not seem to console him.
I surveyed all my friends who had good sleepers, and read every book on the market that came recommended.
Babies can be watched for signs of sleepiness right from the early days. When they are getting sleepy, I try to put them down awake. I also try not to rush in if they are fussing. To clarify, that doesn’t mean I leave my baby unattended. It means, if baby is looking sleepy, I may put them in the playpen nearby and start working on the dishes. If they start crying, I may finish doing one or two more dishes before I go pick them up because they may fall asleep on their own. However, under 4 months old, I pretty much cater to any whim a little one desires. And if having them sleep in a carrier is the only way to get them to sleep at their regular naps, I am (mostly) game.
Between 3 and 4 months, although I am usually hoping that the baby will settle nicely into a sleep pattern, they tend to become increasingly erratic sleepers. They require more frequent nursing to sleep, rocking or holding, and seem to wake even sooner. The erratic sleep patterns need to be addressed ideally at this stage, because of the huge developmental milestones taking place.
Around 4 months of age, healthy babies are able to sleep through the night. Some may still require one feed at my bedtime, but otherwise, I count on baby sleeping from 7pm to 7am. The most important point that works for us is, I place my babies in their crib, completely awake, in a very dark, quiet room. We also start an age appropriate nap schedule at the same time so that my babies can grow and develop well. I use a variety of methods to teach the baby to sleep through the night, depending on each baby’s personality. But they have all learned to sleep through the night within a few days and napped well within 2 weeks.
At our house, all 4 kids sleeping well is a high priority. It is necessary for them to recover from their activity, be pleasant little people and grow. It also gives my husband and I quality time together in the evening, ie binge watch something on Netflix.
Feel free to e mail me or comment if you have specific questions though. I will do my best to help.
PS. I do consult families on getting their little ones to sleep. I have a couple spots available in April. E-mail or comment if you want more information.
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