Since becoming a mom this past April, my world has changed, especially my sleep world! In the beginning we were up every 2-3 hours, including in the middle of the night. We would hear rustlings from the Pack N’ Play and know, it was time to get up. It wasn’t too long though, before we were only up a couple times each night. At eight weeks our little Elijah started sleeping “through the night” so-to-speak from 11 pm to 5 am. At about ten weeks he started sleeping through-through the night from 9pm to 5am, and that is where we are at with his sleep schedule today. I must say that I am relieved that he is such a good sleeper, it keeps me fresh and ready for the work day ahead of me. However, every night is not always that great. There are some nights I am up two or three times trying to get Eli to fall back asleep or on occasion having to nurse him because he is going through a growth spurt.
Here are some suggestions to use for your baby, that may help you get the FULL night’s sleep you have been waiting for.
Put baby to sleep on a flat firm surface such as his crib or a Pack n Play – this really made a difference for us. We went from the bassinet to the raised Pack N Play to the crib and each time we moved him to a new “bed” he would sleep better than in the previous “bed”.
Swaddle the baby- try to get it tight or use a Velcro swaddler (Summer and Woombie are two great brands)
- Make sure baby is not too hot, or too cold (double swaddle if necessary)
- Check baby’s diaper- there may have been some middle of the night “damage” and they need a fresh diaper
- Rub baby’s tummy- this is a great soothing tool that we use a lot
- Give baby a pacifier- Elijah’s used to fall out all the time so we invested in the Wubbanub to help keep the paci in place (PaciPlushie is also another similar product)
- Rock or sway with baby baby for just a short time to calm them
- …And lastly, make sure baby’s tummy is full! Night hunger is usually caused by growth spurts (once your baby has started sleeping through the night)
We would love to hear any of your suggestions for getting your baby back to sleep in the middle of the night. Leave your suggestions in the comments section below!