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Good Night Sleep

Sometimes all it takes are a few simple steps that can quickly lead to better rest for you and your baby. Every child is different, but that doesn’t mean they can’t all have a great night’s sleep. Many of my clients and their babies struggle with the same sleep issues.

• Irritable and fussy around late afternoon and dinner time?
• Needing a sleep association to fall asleep? Rocking, soother, breast/bottle?
• Taking short naps? 45 minutes or less?
• Waking up frequently throughout the night?
• Waking up too early in the morning?

Below are 5 sure-fire ways to help your child sleep at night and get healthy sleep for all your family.

Sleep begets sleep
Naptime is one of the most important factors in establishing healthy sleep at night. Babies and children up to four years of age need a lot of sleep. The better rested a child is during the day the more accepting and expecting they will be of sleep at night. If no limits and routine are set during the day, you can’t expect there to be any at night. Working on a consistent nap schedule and long restorative naps are just as important as working on sleeping through the night.

Bump up that bedtime?
An earlier bedtime is sometimes all that is required to get your child sleeping through the night. It also could help with bedtime battles and early risers. You’ll get your nights back and your baby will go down before he’s overtired. While it may seem counter-intuitive, when babies are put to bed too late they become overtired and have a hard time accepting sleep and staying asleep throughout the night.

Routines are the best route to bedtime
A bedtime routine should be followed consistently. You don’t have to do the exact same routine every night. Following a similar pattern every night will help prepare your little one for sleep.

Wake up to sleep associations
Sometimes parents can be the biggest obstacle to their child getting adequate sleep. Sleep associations, like rocking and nursing to sleep become a problem because your baby needs YOU to recreate the environment in which they fell asleep. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea to rock or cuddle your baby. Give them a lot of love and cuddles. But when rocking your child all night long, or nursing your child every time they stir is preventing both of you from getting the sleep you need, it’s a problem. The key is to have your child learn to fall asleep the same way they will wake up throughout the night, on their own. Put your child to bed drowsy, but not asleep. Stop. Wait. Listen. You may surprise yourself when they fall back asleep on their own.

Consistency is key
No matter what method you choose or how you schedule your routine, please remain consistent. I can’t stress that enough. Consistency is key! Once you have carved out your schedule and implemented it, your best chance to success is to stick with it.

You also have a better chance of remaining consistent if you choose a method that you are comfortable with, and that follows your parenting philosophy. This makes it less likely that you’ll quit half way through. Be patient and with time and consistency, your kids will learn how to get the healthy sleep the need.

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