I am NO expert at getting a baby to sleep through the night. Just ask my husband. But I have gathered some information you might find helpful so you and your little one(s) can get more shut eye!
Our Sleep Story
My son was not a good sleeper and I really struggled with it until he was about 10 months old. After reading nearly every sleep-related book I could get my hands on and trying countless methods, I finally read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth. That book, the reassuring words of my pediatrician and 3 nights of letting my little guy cry led to my now fantastic sleeper. He has napped and slept through the night consistently since then.
Baby Girl was a bit earlier to sleep through the night consistently (about 6 months old), but has really regressed a bit since she started teething. For some reason, I actually don’t mind waking to feed her but I know if I want her to sleep through the night again I need to get a plan and get consistent.
What I’ve Learned
- Do What Makes You Comfortable! No matter how many people tell you the Cry It Out Method works, if you don’t feel comfortable doing it DON’T. If you think it might work for you, be consistent and stick with it. But, more than anything do what feels right to you and your child.
- Be Consistent. Whatever method you chose, stick with it. I definitely made the mistake of giving up on a theory after a day or two if I didn’t work.
Advice from Experts
Here are a collection of resources that provide helpful tips to get your baby to sleep through the night
- Mayo Clinic. Includes the general recommendations to encourage your baby to sleep through the night. (You know, the stuff that you think you’re doing so will make you totally frustrated when he’s still not sleeping!)
- Kids Sleep Training with Dr. Weissbluth. In conjunction with Parents Connect, Dr. Weissbluth offered step by step advice on getting babies and children to sleep better. There are specific suggestions for a variety of common sleep issues, too.
- The Baby Whisperer. I think of this as a kinder, gentler version of the Babywise program.
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. At only $9.36 on Amazon, this book is worth its weight in gold. Written by a well-respected pediatrician, I highly recommend it and know many other families who swear by.
- Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. Tracy Hogg is a nurse, mother and nanny who suggests a structured routine to get baby to sleep for longer stretches at a time.
- The No-Cry Sleep Solution. What mom can argue with this title, right? Author Elizabeth Pantley helps you discover stumbling blocks and work with baby’s natural sleep rhythms.
You’re Not Alone
Misery loves company. Read about other moms and their experiences with sleep deprivation and sleep training woes.
* Kate, The Shopping Mama
* Twenty Something Momma
* Heather Nicole on Ferber & Co-Sleeping
Share! What was your experience with your baby sleeping through the night? Any book or website you found particularly helpful? What method worked and did not work for you?