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If you’re not sleeping well, you’ve come to the right place.
Here you’ll learn 7 simple and wildly effective tips for helping your baby sleep through the night.
In the sleep world there’s a term called “independent sleeper”. And, that’s what you’ll be helping your baby learn. Commit some time to learn these tips and teach your baby to sleep well so everyone can get the rest they need.
Stick with it, and your baby will:
- Fall asleep on their own. No more rocking or nursing to sleep for hours every night.
- Learn to sleep all night and take long, restful naps.
- Have a predictable schedule each day.
- Be getting the rest he/she needs to be the healthiest, happiest baby.
Use these 7-tips and go from exhausted & overwhelmed to a well-rested & confident that your baby will sleep well EVERY SINGLE DAY.
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7 Best Sleep Tips for
Sleeping Through the Night
Sleep Shortcut #1 - Watch the waking hours
One of the BIGGEST enemies of sleep – especially for babies and toddlers – is being overtired…
and many parents are surprised to learn just how soon their children get overtired!
Here’s a quick guide to how long your child should be awake between naps during the day:
- Newborns (0-12 weeks): 45 minutes of awake time
- 3-5 months: 1.5-2 hours of awake time
- 6-8 months: 2-3 hours of awake time
- 9-12 months: 3-4 hours of awake time
- 13 months to 2.5 years: 5-6 hours of awake time
If you make sure that your child is put down for naps BEFORE they get overtired, you’ll find that they fall asleep more easily at naptime…AND that they are more relaxed at bedtime, too!
Sleep Shortcut #2 - Don't be afraid of the dark
We humans (babies and toddlers included) sleep better in the dark.
Try making your child’s room as dark as possible.
(I recommend using blackout blinds, taping cardboard over the windows, or whatever it takes!)
In many cases, even the glow from a nightlight or a digital alarm clock can be enough to disrupt your child’s sleep cycle!
BONUS TIP: Try to keep your child’s room as dark as possible during daytime naps, too. This can often make a BIG difference in how long your child will nap during the day!
Sleep Shortcut #3 - Be predictable (And a little boring)
Babies and toddlers love predictable routines.
And a predictable bedtime routine (lasting no longer than 30 minutes) is a great way to let your child know when the time for sleep is coming.
A typical bedtime routine might look something like this:
- Nursing or bottle (10 minutes)
- Bath (5 minutes)
- Put on pajamas (5 minutes)
- Read a story or sing some songs (10 minutes)
Make sure that this routine is the same every single time.
Remember, you want bedtime to be as predictable as possible for your child!
After your bedtime routine is complete, be boring.
Lots of children will try to “drag out” bedtime by playing games, throwing toys out of the crib, standing up, etc.
If your child has thrown their blanket or favorite stuffed toy out of the crib, calmly return the item without saying a word.
Be boring, and the games shouldn’t last too long!
BONUS TIP: The number one mistake I see in the bedtime routine is feeding to sleep. If your child is nursing or having a bottle before bed, make sure it’s at the beginning of the bedtime routine. This will help to prevent drowsiness in the routine and help them fall asleep easier and stay asleep all night long.
Sleep Shortcut #4 - Feed after naps, not before
For a lot of babies and toddlers, the single biggest reason they don’t sleep well has to do with a feeding-sleep association.
In other words, your child has “linked” the ideas of feeding and sleeping.
They think that they need a bottle or nursing BEFORE they can fall asleep.
By feeding right after naptime – instead of before – you can help your child break this feeding-sleep association. And, you’re also feeding them when they’re most alert which will help them get a full feed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This strategy should only be used before naps, not before putting your child to bed for the night. A full tummy is needed to make sure your child doesn’t wake up hungry during the night! Just be sure it’s at the beginning of the bedtime routine.
Sleep Shortcut #5 - Same place, same time
Remembering that our children love predictability, it’s a good idea to have your child sleep in the same place – at the same time – every day.
This means that naptime should happen in the same place as nighttime sleep – rather than in car seats, strollers, your lap at the coffee shop, etc.
For many parents, simply changing WHERE their child naps during the day causes a big improvement in the length and quality of nighttime sleep.
BONUS TIP: When you are putting your child to sleep for the night, it’s a good idea to make sure that they fall asleep where you want them to stay asleep. In other words, if your child falls asleep in your arms on the couch and then wakes up during the night in a completely different place (like their crib), chances are they’ll be surprised… and start crying to let you know about it!
Sleep Shortcut #6 - Try the "1,2,3" System
When your child wakes up during the night – or during a nap – and starts crying or fussing, try to wait a specific length of time before going in to check on them.
The first day you try this, I recommend waiting exactly one minute before going in to check on your child.
On the second day, wait two minutes. Three minutes on the third day, and so on.
Well, everyone (babies and toddlers included) will wake up briefly at the end of each 45-minute “sleep cycle.” Which means your baby will never truly sleep through the night! And, neither do we!
Most adults wake so briefly that we don’t even remember it in the morning. But children who haven’t learned to fall asleep independently need a little longer.
This 1, 2, 3 System gives your child the opportunity to get themselves back to sleep – without your help.
And once your child has learned this skill, you’re home free!
Sleep Shortcut #7 - Take five
Before you put your child to bed (for naps or at night time), make sure the five-minute period before they are put to bed is very calm and relaxing.
No throwing your toddler in the air… or watching TV… or tickle fights… in the five minutes immediately before bed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I totally encourage tickle fights and any other kinds of rowdy fun you can think of with your children. It’s fun for the whole family! Just NOT in the five minutes before bed. (Right after waking up is a great time to play!)
These tips, for some parents, are the missing piece of the puzzle that gets their child sleeping through the night.
And, while I hope that you’ll be one of the lucky parents who’s able to solve their children’s sleep problems using these tips, I’m also here for you if you need a little more guidance.
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Hi, I'm JoAnna!
I’m a sleep consultant that helps tired, frustrated parents get their babies sleeping through the night and napping well so that everyone in the family can get the rest they so desperately need.
I help parents understand exactly why their babies aren’t sleeping, make a clear plan, and support them every step of the way while they teach their children to be great sleepers.
When I’m not helping babies sleep through the night, you can find me spending time with my awesome husband and 2 sweet boys (both of whom are amazing sleepers, of course!), cooking or hiking with my dog, Cooper.
I’ve worked with families all over the world, from different parenting philosophies, and newborn to 8-year-old children. They all have one thing in common: Results. I’m proud to say that each and every one of these families have moved from being exhausted and frustrated to delighting in their child’s new sleep skills.
Some of the best praise I ever received was, “We are so thrilled with our little sleeper. He goes down easily and sleeps through the night. We are believers in your advice and plan.” Helping parents teach their children to sleep through the night – watching them go from thinking they’ve tried everything to amazing results in a few days – absolutely thrills me and is my WHY for everything that I do.
Interested in working with me? Book your FREE 15 call with me so I can answer all of your questions and we can make sure we’re the right fit.
Remember, parenthood is exhausting enough when we’re well-rested.
And, you have too much to accomplish each day to spend another minute tired because your baby isn’t sleeping well.
Here’s to a well-rested family,