My Baby Stopped Sleeping Through the Night—Help!

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A 5-Step Method for Better Baby Sleep Habits

If you’re about to become a new parent or already have a little one and your baby stopped sleeping through the night, this article is for you. I watched my child transition from sleeping through the night as a newborn to a toddler. I was amazed, my friends were amazed, and everyone (including me) was wondering what the secret was.

So, I took a step back and thought about what my partner and I had done over 12 months to create such a great little sleeper, and here’s the magic formula.

When you’re about to become a new parent, you are likely to hear people say, “sleep as much as you can now because when the baby gets here, you won’t be sleeping much.”

When I was pregnant, it felt like every other person I met told me I would be struggling with sleep deprivation after birth. And while I’m not saying that having a newborn is a walk in the park (it’s not), it doesn’t have to be as challenging as some people make it out to seem. Sleep or not, bringing that bundle of joy into the world is sure to be one of the best times of your life.

So, how can you help your baby sleep through the night starting from when they’re born? Follow the step-by-step guide below. While this sleep train method may not work for everyone, it certainly worked for me, and at six weeks, my newborn was able to sleep through the night every night.

Practice the Pause

When I was pregnant, one parenting book stood out to me more than most—Bringing up Bébé. Bringing up Bébé is about an American mom who delivers and raises her children in France. In each new stage of parenting, she notices the differences in American and European cultures when raising kids.

And the biggest takeaway I got from the book was—”The Pause.”

The pause is a lot of what it sounds like, a pause that you begin when your baby is a newborn. The pause does not suggest that you let your baby cry it out. However, it does mean that you take a moment of pause before running to your little one’s aid. Babies wake, move, cry and make noises for all sorts of reasons. And taking an extra pause before rushing to your little one’s side might help them (and you) figure out what the fuss is about.

Learn more about “The Pause” and other helpful parenting tips in Pamela Druckerman’s book — Bringing up Bébé.

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Swaddle at Night Only

If you want a sound sleeper, I suggest swaddling soon after your little one is delivered. During your time in the hospital and recovery, swaddling your little one during naps is a great way to help them feel cozy and secure. However, once you get home, leave the swaddling for nights only.

Now, if you had a sound sleeper and solid bedtime routine and your baby stopped sleeping through the night, it’s not too late! Swaddling at night only will allow your baby to understand the difference between naps and the a full night’s sleep. And it may help you get a few extra hours of sound sleep before baby wakes.

Swaddling with a muslin swaddle blanket is a great way to help your baby feel secure enough to sleep through the night. However, if you’re not confident in your origami skills and searching for a swaddle that’s a little more user-friendly, you’ll want to purchase the Aden & Anais Easy Wrap Swaddle, which allows you to swaddle your little one arms in or arms out.

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Lay Baby to Sleep When They Are Still Awake

This step is crucial to creating a solid bedtime routine. To help my baby fall asleep, I lay them in their crib, turn on the sound machine, turn off the light and say, “I love you.” That’s it. I have friends who spend hours trying to rock their children to sleep; only for them to wake up the second they are put in their crib. I even have some friends who fall asleep in the crib with their children to get them to bed. And others who have resorted to bed-sharing.

To help your little one sleep through the night, begin laying them down when they’re still awake from a young age and allow them to fall asleep on their own. This will instill a bedtime routine and good sleeping habits from the start. 

Now, this doesn’t mean you should lie your baby down fully awake and walk away. Instead, begin swaddling your baby at night, placing them in their bassinet (or baby’s crib) awake with the lights low, and staying close by. Talk to them softly, allow them to feel your touch, and help them learn how to fall asleep using their skills while you support them.

Transition From Swaddling to Magic Merlin

Swaddling worked wonders for our bundle of joy, and because they learned that swaddling meant the “long” sleep (a.k.a nighttime) from the start, I was terrified of what would happen once we could no longer swaddle them. Once your little one can start rolling over on their own, you should no longer be swaddling them. Swaddling a rolling baby could end up in them rolling over in the swaddle face down and pose a risk of suffocation and sleep related infant deaths, like sudden infant death syndrome.

That said, ditching the swaddle cold turkey may also take away the safe/cozy feeling that the swaddle provides, causing many babies to no longer feel safe falling asleep or sleeping on their own. So, if you’ve followed the steps above and are wondering how to keep your little sleeper on the right path of routine sleep, the answer is the Magic Merlin Sleepsuit. The Magic Merlin Sleepsuit helps babies transition out of a swaddle by providing a cozy and secure sleep environment. It’s also absolutely adorable.

When purchasing the Magic Merlin Sleepsuit, you should consider the weather and temperatures in which your baby sleeps.

If it’s winter and you’re looking for a way to keep your sleep time extra snuggly, then the microfleece sleepsuit is a perfect choice for most babies.

However, if it’s summer and the temperatures are hot, you’ll want to purchase the cotton one, as the fabric is much lighter.

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Slowly Pull Back Nightly Feedings

The number of nightly feedings you’re little one will need is up to them! They’ll wake up when they are hungry and expect you to be waiting with a bottle in hand. That said, once your baby begins to eat solids and sleep through the night, you can start to pull back on the nightly feedings. Or, your good sleeper might do it all on their own!

To successfully cut down on the number of times your little one wakes up during nighttime sleep, try feeding them dinner right before bed. Doing so will help keep their tummy full during the night, making them less likely to wake up for food.

Remember that every baby is different when trying out the tips and tricks above. While this step-by-step guide worked well for me, you may find that it needs a bit of adjusting to suit your baby’s needs. So, if your baby stopped sleeping through the night, listen to your parental instincts and always do what is right for you and your little one to help them get a good night’s sleep.

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