You may have heard that the key to good sleep for your baby is allowing them to fall asleep on their own. When babies are newborns, most parents expect that they’ll need to help baby get to sleep, whether that’s by rocking, walking, bouncing, nursing, bottle feeding, or any other prop! However, as your baby gets older and continues having regular wakeups, you may wonder, “When will my baby be old enough to fall asleep on their own and sleep through the night?”
First, let’s talk a little bit about why it’s important for a baby to learn to fall asleep independently. Every person, babies included, wake on average 2-6 times per night. If a child only knows how to fall asleep when she is being rocked or fed, every time she wakes she will cry out and signal that she needs to get back to sleep, and therefore she needs to be rocked or fed. If a child … Continue reading
Is your 6 month old still not sleeping? I think every parent has heard some version of this encouragement. When your baby is a newborn, they tell you that his sleep will get better by 3 months. When your baby hits 3 months and the sleep is still chaotic, they reassure you that it will definitely get better by 6 months. When your baby turns six months old and you haven’t gotten a full night of sleep since they were born, you may be thinking, “Maybe some babies can sleep through the night, but apparently my baby can’t!”
This is unfortunately more common than not! A small percentage of babies- typically the ones with more laidback personalities- will develop good or “easy” sleep habits, or begin sleeping through the night without any sort of intervention. A very large percentage will continue to have night wakings and poor sleep habits without parental intervention, up to age 5 years old … Continue reading
Are you finding yourself constantly frustrated trying to get your baby down for bedtime and regular naps? You’re not alone! Trying to figure out how to make a baby sleep is a common worry. Sleep is one of the main things that parents agonize over when it comes to their little ones. And this problem doesn’t just affect new parents- often seasoned parents of multiple children find that they are at a loss when it comes to their little one’s sleep. The important thing to remember is that there are many things that can be done to help your baby sleep better.
How to Make a Baby Sleep in 3 Simple Steps
Establish a good routine
Knowing your baby’s appropriate wake time, putting him down for naps regularly, and having a consistent bedtime is very important. It’s also very beneficial to have a short routine that you go through before each nap and bedtime. Having a predictable … Continue reading
What is a Baby Sleep Consultant?
As soon as you become a parent you’re suddenly hit with a myriad of conflicting parenting advice, through books, magazines, or personal experiences from friends and family.
It’s hard to know which advice to take and it can all get to be a bit overwhelming, to say the least.
Parents are exhausted trying to come up with ways to get their child to sleep, to keep their child sleeping, and to basically develop a sleep pattern that works in their home.
Just as no two households are the same, each child is unique and requires a tailor-made program and schedule that suits their needs and goes in line with their family’s schedule.
Why is sleep SO important?
Sleep deprivation is a very common problem in households with newborn’s or babies and is often the #1 frustration and concern for mothers. Unfortunately, if the sleep troubles are not addressed during infancy they won’t get … Continue reading
Baby Wakes Up Every time I Lay Her Down
You’ve just spent the last little while rocking, nursing, and putting your baby to sleep. Your arms are at breaking point, and you’re ready to put her down.
You slowly tip toe over to the crib trying to make as little movement or noise possible, and place baby into the crib, holding a few seconds before gently sliding your arms out from beneath her.
You step away, hold your breath and within second’s of putting baby down, baby screams and wakes up. Uh, oh, back to square one!
A baby waking up just when you’ve put them down can be so disheartening and frustrating for any parent, especially if you’ve been dying to use the bathroom, grab a bite to eat or get on with the house chores.
Some day’s we feel incredibly patient and don’t mind giving our baby a little extra attention, and other days, patience is … Continue reading
Wondering how to stop comfort nursing, or if you even need to?
Breastfeeding is both nourishing and comforting. A special moment designed especially for mommy and baby. An opportunity for mommy to step back from all her multitasking chores, and relax while bonding with her baby.
It’s a little bit of magic – sleep magic! The physical act of sucking releases sleep-inducing hormones for both mommy and baby. This can be very handy for falling back asleep easily during those first months where your newborn continuously wakes up, instead of being wide awake.
Breastfeeding really is a powerful tool we’ve been given to not only help us put our baby to sleep but to help us stay calm during those hectic moments of “mommyhood.” During a busy day, there is nothing better when you’ve reached sheer exhaustion than to sit down with your little baby to nurse her to sleep, whilst feeling that sense of euphoria surrounding you as you … Continue reading
Newborn Sleep Schedule
One of the first questions most parents seem to get asked when having a newborn is, “is your baby sleeping through the night!” Even a seasoned mommy knows that newborns don’t and shouldn’t be sleeping straight through the night at least for the first couple of weeks.
Even though a simple question like that has every good intention, it does leave you questioning your mommy skills thinking that you’ve got to get baby on a schedule right away or else you’re falling short.
How many hours do newborns sleep?
The different stages your baby goes through from the time you take them home from the hospital to when they take their first little steps can change drastically, and this is exactly how it is with their sleep pattern.
Newborns can sleep a lot, anywhere from between 14-17 hours a day. But this doesn’t mean all at night. In fact, a newborn shouldn’t sleep straight through the … Continue reading
So if you have been following my blog, you know that my first baby was a horrible sleeper, totally my fault! I had no idea how to get a baby to sleep through the night. And I surely didn’t know that I was doing things that were actually hindering the process. I was a new mom, I had no clue that little things like nursing or rocking my baby to sleep would be the reason she would be up all hours of the night for months to come. Babies should really come with manuals!
Wondering how to get baby to sleep through the night? Violet can help! Take a look at the available consultation packages and options! … Continue reading
How to Get a Baby to Sleep
How cute is it to watch a baby literally fall asleep at the dinner table on top of their food! If only it were always that simple.
It almost seems like there is a secret game babies play that we don’t know about. A game of how many times can I resist mommy and daddy’s desperate attempts at putting me to sleep, along with my personal decision to fall asleep where I want, when I want to.
Babies are smart!
Getting a baby to sleep is no small task, and will at some stage bring a few hair pulling moments.
It just comes along with the package of parenthood.
What is Stopping My Baby from Sleeping?
If your baby is finding it hard to sleep you might want to first investigate possible reasons as to why they’re finding trouble going to sleep.
Are they hungry, are they overtired, are they uncomfortable? … Continue reading
Is your 5 month old waking every hour at night? Or are you dealing with some major sleep troubles at this age? I’m not surprised. In fact most parents that reach out to me for help usually do so around this age. So what is it about a 5 month old baby that causes them to wake up every hour? Well…A LOT!
Somewhere between the age of 3-5 months a baby starts to develop adult-like sleep stages. So now they have to cycle through these stages. If a baby has not learned good sleep habits, and requires lots of help to get to sleep, he/she will expect your help to get back to sleep in between these sleep cycles.
At the end of each sleep cycle, there is also a brief and light waking. If a baby does not know how to get themselves back to sleep on their own, your baby will fully wake and call out for your … Continue reading