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How To Get Your Child To Sleep Through The Night

March 19, 2019
How to Get your Child To Sleep through the night. Sleep Routine, Toddler Routine. Baby Routine. Newborn Routine. #throughmamaseyes #sleeptraining #Sleeproutine #sleephabits

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   ~ 5 Best Tips To Help Your Baby or Toddler

Sleep Through The Night ~

You would think with Baby No. 3 I would know how to get my child to sleep through the night. But honestly sleep training is a job in itself. Just getting the kids to sleep on time without coming in and out of their room is an accomplishment in itself.

How to Get your Child To Sleep through the night. Sleep Routine, Toddler Routine. Baby Routine. Newborn Routine. #throughmamaseyes #sleeptraining #Sleeproutine #sleephabits

Marie reached out to me recently after several of my posts about how my baby was waking up at 3 or 4 am regularly wide awake and wanting to play.

She kindly offered me some advice which to be honest I thought probably won’t work because I was at the point where I had tried so many things but it appeared that I was doing all the wrong things!

Today she is sharing her top 5 tips to get your baby or toddler to sleep through the night. Sounds like a miracle right? But it can happen mama’s! Just keep reading (and please do read more about Marie at the bottom of this post and contact her for a consult. You won’t regret it.

Guest Post By Our Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Marie Gillezeau from The Dream Sleep BSC.

Ask just about any infant’s parent what’s on their mind and you are likely to hear the same answer. SLEEP.

With my own two kids I’ve learned that one of the major issues that parents generally don’t prepare for when expecting a child, is sleep – theirs and their baby’s – and often problems can creep in due to a poor understanding of the importance of sleep.

When my son and I struggled with his sleep patterns, every other mother I knew was struggling as well but no-one seemed to talk about it and they accepted it as an unavoidable part of being a parent.

It wasn’t until I was waking 4 plus times a night, feeling drained, irritated and resentful towards my husband and even my baby, that I decided that things had to change. In came the world of sleep training and our lives have never been the same.

My cranky, overtired, fussy baby transformed into a happy, well rested angel, who has continued to be a good sleeper at night and an enquiring, energetic little boy in the day.

He was followed five years later by an even more cooperative sister and now, after training and certification, I’m a Pediatric Sleep Consultant, helping moms and their little ones to get the sleep that we all need.

It is my hope that these tips will give you the tools to teach your son or daughter the skills to fall asleep easily… and to get long, restful sleep! Start making changes tonight. Your little one will thank you for it!

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Tip# 1: Don’t be afraid of an early bedtime

The best time to put your baby or toddler to bed is sometime between 6 and 8 o’clock in the evening. This ensures that your child will be able to get a solid 10-13 hours of sleep during the night. (And yes… that is how much sleep children should be getting every night up until the age of about 10.)

I know for some you may feel like your little one is ready to party at this time but you as the parent know what’s best and once you start, their sleep will get better and better. You can base your lo’s bedtime off of the chart below. When the time awake ends within 6-8pm, that’s your bedtime.

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Tip #2: Be Consistent

If I had a dollar for every time I told a client, Consistency is key……….

In order for your child to accept any rules or changes, you have to be as consistent as possible. Being consistent with your rules around sleep is no different and equally, if not more important. It’s very normal for your baby/ toddler to test the boundaries to see where they lie.

They may want to play around bedtime, get a snack, have a glass of water or for you to come back and stay with them some more, and soon you’ll find yourself going further and further down the rabbit hole.

Children LOVE to test the boundaries, and once they find that their parents will bend, they become anxious around sleep as they are not well equipped to handle being in charge.

Also, as much as possible, put your child to sleep in the same place every night. Whether your child has a room of their own or shares a room with parents or siblings, it’s important that you put your little one to sleep in the same place every night (and for naps during the day as much as possible).

Putting your child to bed in a familiar place lets them know they are safe and that they are in a place where sleep is expected of them. Soon, once they enter their sleep space their bodies will expect sleep and prepare them for it.

 

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Tip 3#: Create a predictable bedtime routine.

Babies thrive on a routine and I can’t speak highly enough about them! Consistency and predictability are really important to babies and toddlers. With a routine a child knows what to expect and when to expect bedtime which makes the process much more calm and enjoyable.

Once you start the first step of the routine your babies brain will click and start preparing them for the sleep they know is coming. Routines make it MUCH easier for them to make the transition from waking to sleeping – and that’s why creating a bedtime routine and sticking to it is so important!

A good example of a bedtime routine might be something like this:

6:30 p.m. Begin Bedtime Routine

Bath time

PJs

Nursing or bottle (NOTE: Do NOT let your child fall asleep while feeding!)

Story or songs

Cuddles

7:00 p.m. Into crib or bed

Your bedtime routine shouldn’t take more than about 30 minutes. It’s VERY important that the routine is the same every single night. The repetition and predictability are what let your little one know that they will soon be expected to fall asleep.

Tip# 4: Put your baby to bed AWAKE!

If you’ve been rocking, nursing, or otherwise soothing your baby to sleep, this is going to seem like a tough one… but it’s actually the most important step!

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Create space between the feed and sleep be adding an additional step to your routine such as a song, a book or just bedtime snuggles. If your child is getting drowsy during these steps, Wake them up!

Sleep is a journey, we can prepare them as much as possible to have a successful journey but we can’t do it for them. By feeding/ rocking/ patting etc to sleep, we are teaching our children to need us as part of their journey.

It’s only by letting your baby fall asleep WITHOUT your help at bedtime that he or she can learn the skills necessary to stay asleep through the night.

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If a baby feels that in order to fall asleep they MUST be fed or rocked to sleep, then they will need you to come and re-create that scenario several times a night. *Cue night wakings*

Tip# 5: Le Pause

If your baby wakes up during the night, wait a few minutes before intervening, this is called ‘Le Pause’. Everyone – babies and adults alike – will actually wake up several times every night in between sleep cycles.

For most, these wakings are so brief that we don’t even remember them the next morning. However, many babies will immediately start to fuss or cry when they wake up, simply because they haven’t learned how to fall asleep on their own.

If a baby has been nursed or rocked to sleep since birth, naturally they wouldn’t know how to fall asleep without assistance.

Due to being used to being rocked/nursed to sleep, they are convinced that this is what they need in order for sleep to come, whether they are hungry or not.

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The good news is that many babies can figure out how to get back to sleep within just a few minutes of waking up in the night if they are just given the chance!

If your child continues to fuss or cry for more than a few minutes, you’ll want to go in and offer some comfort, but it’s important to let your child do the work of falling back to sleep. Speak softly to them and do some gentle rubbing or patting to comfort them.

If they are due for a feed, feed them! But again, you should avoid rocking or nursing them back to sleep as it only perpetuates the problem.

 

So there you have it…

The 5 most important things you need to know about getting your child to sleep through the night. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that every child is a little different – this information may fit up to a size 10 and maybe your baby wears size 11. That’s ok! Reach out to me and let’s talk about it. Getting babies to sleep is what I do and I can do it for you too! The gift of sleep is an amazing gift that keeps on giving. Let me know if you plan on trying these tips, if you have tried and how they worked for you!

Sleep Well!

How to Get your Child To Sleep through the night. Sleep Routine, Toddler Routine. Baby Routine. Newborn Routine. #throughmamaseyes #sleeptraining #Sleeproutine #sleephabits

 

About Marie Gillezeau

How to Get your Child To Sleep through the night. Sleep Routine, Toddler Routine. Baby Routine. Newborn Routine. #throughmamaseyes #sleeptraining #Sleeproutine #sleephabits

Marie from The Dream Team Baby Sleep Consultancy has been personally trained by Dana Obleman, the creator of The Sleep Sense Program, whose methods have been used worldwide by approximately 100,000 families to solve their children’s sleep problems.

Her aim is to educate parents on how sleep in young children works and how to encourage good, healthy sleep habits. She also solves sleep issues in babies and young children ages 0-10 through personalized plans and one-on-one coaching.

If you are struggling with your little one’s sleep, she offers a free 15 minute call to talk about your baby and their sleep situation and how she can help. Get in touch with her on Instagram through @thedreamteambsc or email her -> marie@thedreamteambsc.com.

Full disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you use it to make a purchase. However, it costs you nothing and I only ever recommend products I use and love myself.


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