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How can i Get my baby sleep through the night

Babies wake in the night for all sorts of reasons. You are not alone if you are having difficulty getting your baby to sleep all night. Many children have sleep problems, particularly refusing to go to bed or waking in the night, and the two often go together. 

If your baby is constantly waking in the night it can disturb your own sleep patterns. You may find it much harder to cope with tasks the next day. Women whose sleep is disturbed because their baby has sleep problems may be prone to depression

As your child grows, it's important to sort out sleep difficulties, because it can put pressure on relationships between you and your husband, and between you and your child. 

There are different sleep strategies, from crying it out at one end of the spectrum to co-sleeping at the other. It's up to you to decide which one best suits your family. 

What sleep strategies can I try?

The following tactics can help your baby to sleep well from as early as six weeks. But remember, whichever approach you take, you must be consistent:

  • Make daytime feeds social and lively and night-time feeds quiet. That way you’ll help her set her body clock so she can learn the difference between day and night.
  • Give her a chance to fall asleep on her own from about six to eight weeks. Put her down when she's sleepy, but still awake. Some experts advise against rocking or breastfeeding babies to sleep, even at this age, because they may come to depend on it. It's up to you to decide what's best.
  • Set a bedtime routine. Keep it short and simple: bath, nappy and pyjamas, and a story or song. Finish the bedtime ritual in your baby's bedroom. It's important she learns her room is a nice place to be.

  • Give her a security object, such as a baby blanket or stuffed animal. A great way to make a blanket or teddy bear a favourite is to keep it near you for a while so it becomes mum-scented. Babies have a strong sense of smell, and when they startle awake, the smell of their mothers will calm them.

  • Let her cry it out. This is suitable once your baby is four or five months old. If she's crying after you've put her down, go to her. Pat her gently but avoid eye contact and don't pick her up. Be gentle, but firm. Leave the room. Wait for a set interval, anything from two to five minutes, then check again. Do this repeatedly until she falls asleep, extending the time between each visit.
  • Cuddle up. If you plan to have your baby sleeping in your bed, comfort and rock her so she is ready for sleep as part of her bedtime routine. Lie down together and cuddle her, pretending to sleep, firmly letting her know it's bedtime.
  • Share the role of comforter with your husband, so both of you can help your baby fall back to sleep. Once your baby is old enough to do without night-time feeding, she can learn to be comforted by your husband. She might stop needing anyone when she learns there's no food coming!
  • Tune in to your baby’s needs: During the day, make her feel secure by carrying her in a sling. If she wakes in the night, try to work out why. Is her nappy full, are her night-clothes comfortable, has she got a cold?
If your baby is still waking after you've tucked her in bear in mind that her age will have a lot to do with how well she settles, and you may have to be adaptable according to her stage of development. 


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