Getting my baby to sleep. How hard can it be? L was the perfect sleeper as a baby. She slept through at 8 weeks old. She has always kept this up as well now, at 3 years old. She was easy to get into a routine, I breastfed her until she was 18 months old. I believe this helped her with a bit of comfort as well as her milk.
Now baby Dottie is totally the opposite. In fact, they are total opposites of one another in most things. Including the blonde and red hair! Baby Dottie is now 14 months old and is still finding it hard to sleep through. I admit she’s getting better, thank goodness, but I’m still trying very hard to get her there.
As a baby, Dottie would go to sleep around 7 pm then wake again at 11 pm, 2 am and I remember seeing 4-5 am quite often. This continued for a few months. Once I picked her up and she had some “booby” she would go back to sleep again. Dottie suffered from reflux issues and she still has some symptoms even now. So that hasn’t helped. She gradually dropped the 11 pm wake up so that’s been something.
Dottie now wakes at 2 am ish. She can be fully awake at that time, babbling wanting to climb around. It’s not good for me when I have to be up at 4 am for my day job! But she normally does this when she’s teething. Her full-on wake-up time every morning is around 5-5:30 am.
After having a good sleeper and a not so good sleeper, I’ve come up with a few tips on getting my baby to sleep, as well as sharing a few baby sleep tips from Emma’s Diary. I’m a huge fan of Emma’s Diary to use as a resource for parents looking for advice on a range of parenting issues from baby sleep to feeding, health, and development.
Baby Sleep Tips
- Stay to a specific time each night for putting your baby down.
We choose 7 pm for baby Dottie and have done from the start. L is now around the same time as well, since she started nursery after Easter. We try to keep to these times, so they don’t get overtired. I believe it’s important to have a set time, to help establish a good bedtime sleep routine.
- Have a dim bedroom.
We have recently bought blackout curtains (in pink!) for the girl’s bedroom. They have helped massively to keep the light out, especially with the very light evenings. I’ve also discovered they keep the heat out, which is ideal for keeping the room cool. Their bedroom window faces southwest so gets all the afternoon and evening sun.
- Quiet time before bedtime.
We have story time just before bed. It may be the same picture book read 3 times over, but it’s prefect for relaxing and calming instead of screens.
- Relaxing massage.
Emma’s Diary suggests a gentle relaxing massage before bed after the bath. Rubbing arms and legs with a little oil before popping on bed clothes work a treat.
- Put down baby awake.
It’s recommended to try and put your baby down awake. So it can encourage them to fall asleep by themselves. I’m being honest here by saying this never worked for us. When I’ve given both my girls they’re last breastfeed before bed they always fell asleep on the boob. So then I’ve gently put them down after. It did make it harder for L once she was weaned off the boob to fall asleep independently but we got there in the end.
Do you have any tips for getting a baby to sleep? I would love to hear them.
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