<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none;" alt="" src="https://ct.pinterest.com/v3/?event=init&tid=2614473898371&pd[em]=&noscript=1" /> 8 Tips to Help Baby Sleep Through The Night - Making of Mom Skip to Content

8 Tips to Help Baby Sleep Through The Night

Help baby sleep through the night with these tips!

Friend – “Oh, you look tired.”

Me – “I’m pretty sure this is just my face now.”

Baby days are tough. Newborns might sleep 16-17 hours a day, but rarely more than 1-2 hours at a time. Exploring all 24 hours of the day is exhausting.

Are you holding your eyes open with toothpicks to read this post? You need the Exhausted Mom’s Survival Kit! It contains short video tips on how to gently teach your baby how to sleep (through the night!), get your baby sleeping in (bliss!) and top tips to help you avoid the worst baby sleep mistakes. Go check it out now (it’s FREE!)

Baby sleep is such a big issue. It’s hard to find a middle ground between crying it out and cosleeping that you can live with. And just when you think you’ve found a solution that works, it all changes.

Here’s my biggest tip for sleep: when things change don’t ‘grieve’ over the fact that your baby ‘used to be a great sleeper’. Pining over the great sleep you used to get just makes things worse. (Trust me, I say this from experience.)

Before we get into the tips on how you can help your baby sleep through the night, I’ll tell you straight up:

We co-slept from about 4 months. That worked for us, after going from sleeping through to hourly wakings… I always wanted to co-sleep, it just made sense to me. But, I was too scared to do it straight away. I was so anxious about my baby’s safety. So, we persevered with the bassinet and the crib for the first few months.
Here’s what you can try to help your baby to sleep:
help-baby-sleep-through

Note: this blog post probably contains affiliate links, which means we may receive small commissions from purchases made through links in this post (at NO extra cost to you). You can read our full disclosure for more information.

1. Make it Noisy

It’s noisy in the womb – all the bodily sounds, whooshing blood. I’ve read that it’s about as noisy as a train! And then they are born and it’s suddenly rather quiet.

There are a couple of ways to soothe baby with white noise.
The easiest way is to get a white noise machine like this one. Or even a doll like this one it’s caused a bit of a sensation – apparently it sounds like Darth Vader… hahaha!

You can also make shushing noises for your baby. However, all that shushing can be a bit tiring which is why I prefer the white noise machine.

2. Pat the Baby

Patting babies bottom like a heartbeat can help put them to sleep. This still works on my toddler! I’m surprised!

You don’t have to pat baby’s bottom you can also pat next to them on the bed.

3. Baby in Motion

Babies come from environment that’s constantly in motion. Rocking them is soothing.
There are several ways you can rock your baby. You can rock them in your arms, doing the mom dance. Or you could buy a glider (totally worth the money and was my FIRST baby purchase at 12 weeks pregnant). Or even a baby swing like this one. Or you can bounce up and down on your fitness ball.

Hands free options are so good if you need time to do other things like shower, or eat. And who doesn’t?

4. Swaddle Them Up

Babies have a startle reflex. Swaddling helps babies feel secure and it keeps them from moving around and startling themselves.
You can swaddle your baby using a receiving blanket or using a specifically designed swaddle. My favorite was the Love to Dream – 10 hours straight the first night we got it can’t be beaten!

5. Bed Time Milk

The act of breastfeeding makes baby sleepy, especially newborns. In fact, it can be quite frustrating when you’re trying to make sure your new baby is getting enough milk and they keep falling asleep at the breast.
All the books say don’t let your baby fall asleep at the breast. But, it’s one of the easiest ways to get baby to sleep if you’re desperate.
You can try using a pacifier in place of the breast if your baby will take one.

6. Check Your Schedule

If you want your baby to take his long sleep at night, you might need to restrict day sleeps. I know waking a sleeping baby… it’s crazy, hey? But if you want a good sleep at night…
If your baby sleeps longer than about 2 hours in the day, you might find it harder to get them to sleep through.

7. Wear that baby

Some babies are thoroughly sleep-resistant.
If you’re having trouble getting your little one to sleep, you might like to try baby wearing. Babies usually find this soothing and will calm down when worn. This option works well for reflux babies or for teething and let’s you have your hands free!

My favorite type of baby carrier for newborns is the stretchy wrap. There’s a little bit of a learning curve getting it tied, but once you do you can leave it tied all day and have it ready when you need it. There’s also no hard buckles or tightening you need to learn like other types of carrier.

8. Stroking Baby’s Head

Brushing your hand gently through baby’s hair or drawing up and down their nose and rubbing their forehead is another great way to get baby to sleep. Or you can use a tissue and brush it over their face.

Have you seen this video? This method worked for me one time only. (and then the tissue started to annoy him, but maybe if I’d started earlier…)

Putting It All Together…

You don’t need to use each of these tips in isolation… No! Use them in combination as many and as often as you need to.

The sleep thing will get better eventually. It’s just one of those things to ride through.

Over to You:

What are your best tips for sleep? What’s working for you right now?

If you enjoyed this post, please share it on Pinterest or Facebook because there’s someone out there struggling with this issue right now and you might help them out immensely!

Zero to Blog: How to Choose Your Blogging Niche
← Previous
Zero to Blog: How to Choose a Perfect Domain Name
Next →
save-money-ebook

Sign up to my email list and get ready to save serious money on baby things!

Babies can be expensive! But, you don't need to buy everything the baby shops tell you you need. And you also don't need to buy everything brand new. In this ebook, you'll find 64 tips, tricks, and hacks to help you save thousands getting prepared for your little bundle of joy.

Sign up below and your free ebook will be on its way to your inbox in no time at all! You'll also receive regular emails on how to save more money, you can view our privacy notice here!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

hospital-bag-checklist

Sign up for my email list and you won't forget to put the most important things in your hospital bag!

Relax - don't worry that baby brain is going to make you forget to pack something important - just download this checklist and you'll have nothing to fear.

Sign up below and your free checklist will be on its way to your inbox in no time at all! You'll also receive regular emails about pregnancy, birth, baby and beyond you can view our privacy notice here!!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

baby-shower-gift-register

Be prepared for your shower - sign up for my email list and get a free gift register printable!

Don't be scrambling for a scrap piece of paper to record your gifts. Print out this gift register (maybe a few times) and you'll have plenty of room to record who got you what.

Sign up below and your free gift register printable will be on its way to your inbox in no time at all! You'll also get regular updates from me you can view our privacy notice here!!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Sign up for my email list and be prepared - for anything!

This diaper bag checklist will help you not get caught out - diaper disasters, mud, mess... no worries!

Sign up below and your free checklist printable will be on its way to your inbox in no time at all! You'll also get regular emails on me about pregnancy, birth, baby and beyond you can view our privacy notice here!!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

blog-accel

You want to start your blog out right

You don't want to waste time spinning your wheels trying to work everything out yourself. And you don't have to. The Blog Accelerator is the quick injection of info you need to get started with your baby blog.

Sign up below and your free ebook will be on its way to your inbox in no time at all you can view our privacy notice here!!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

3rd-tri-checklist

Sign up for my email list and keep track of everything you need to get done with a third trimester checklist!

Ugh! Baby brain! Write down your to dos and check them off as you go, don't try to remember them all. This checklist will help you there!

Sign up below and your free checklist will be on its way to your inbox in no time at all! You'll also get regular emails on me about pregnancy, birth, baby and beyond you can view our privacy notice here!!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Sign up for my email list and prepare for your first month with the new arrival

You hear loads of horror stories about new moms who are 'too busy to eat'. Not you! Plan ahead and have dinner on the table every night for the entire first month.

Sign up below and your free grocery list will be on its way to your inbox in no time at all! You'll also get regular emails on me about pregnancy, birth, baby and beyond you can view our privacy notice here!!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Elegant Baby Milestone Cards Free Printables

Sign up for my email list and get ready to take some beautiful milestone photos!

Planning to commemorate your baby's beautiful memories on camera? Here's some help!

Sign up below and your free baby milestone card printables will be on their way to your inbox in no time at all! You'll also get regular emails on me about pregnancy, birth, baby and beyond you can view our privacy notice here!!

    Powered By ConvertKit

    You have Successfully Subscribed!

    pregnancy journal

    Sign up for my email list and get the free printable Bump Journal.

    Make sure you remember all the special moments and details of your pregnancy with this pregnancy journal.

    Sign up below and your free checklist will be on its way to your inbox in no time at all! You'll also receive regular emails about pregnancy, birth, baby and beyond you can view our privacy notice here!!

    You have Successfully Subscribed!