How To Get Baby To Sleep Through the Night

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hi it's Julie Blankenship here from baby

sleep made simple and today I'm going to

tell you my five steps to teaching your

baby or toddler to sleep through the

night this is like the holy grail of

parenthood right when your baby's

younger and the newborn months you know

that your baby needs to feed often

throughout the day and night and

therefore your baby can't sleep through

the night and that's okay that's

accepted but now your baby's older and

let's say six months or so and you're

starting to wonder when you can get some

long stretches of sleep at night right

in general I do say once a baby reaches

six to nine months old they can start to

wean off their night feedings but it

really depends on your unique

circumstance so it depends on if your

baby was full-term how your baby's

growth and development and nutritional

intake are and if there's been any

concerns about your baby's medical

history or growth or feeding always

consult with your doctor first but if

you've been given the go-ahead from your

doctor here are the five steps to

teaching your baby to sleep through the


step one is get on schedule now it

doesn't have to be military tight and

not every minute of your day it needs to

be accounted for but what we're doing

here is we're setting your baby's body

clock to expect asleep at the same time

every day so that it's easier for your

baby to fall asleep at certain times so

there are certain parts of your baby's

day that do need to be by the clock and

it's typically the sleep times so it's

the morning wake-up time nap times and

when you start your bedtime routine and

also the time of your baby actually

falls asleep what you want to do is you

really want to have these events

occurring at the same time each day

because it sets your baby's body clock

to wake at the same time to nap

predictably and also go to bed at the

same time each evening so that he or she

resists bedtime less and less and it

really works now if you need an idea of

a general schedule or routine for your

baby check out the description below and

I've linked to different daily routines

and schedules depending on your baby's


step two introduce a relaxing bedtime

routine so studies show that if you can

start a bedtime routine for your baby

before the age of 12 months that as your

baby grows into a toddler and a child he

or she will sleep better

so he'll fall asleep easier at bedtime

he'll sleep longer at night wake later

in the morning and also mom's moods are

improved and that's really a no-brainer

right I mean how nice is it when your

baby goes to sleep peacefully and easily

every evening giving you a few hours of

personal downtime every evening I know

it's certainly loose my moods and I'm

sure it's true for you too if you'd like

a step-by-step guide on setting up a

peaceful bedtime routine for your baby

hop over to baby sleep made simple calm

and you'll see one of my blog post is

called how to create a peaceful bedtime

routine for your baby and I list every

step that you need to do in what order

and I tell you why it's important

because it really is important what you

do during your bedtime routine certain

activities have been proven to help

babies relax and when you do them in the

right order and at the right time every

evening your baby will fall asleep

easier and easier every evening so make

sure to check out that guide that I have

step three is discover the hidden

patterns now there are very few parents

that get excited when I recommend that

they should start recording or tracking

their babies sleep patterns but it

doesn't have to be complicated at all

and in fact there are loads of apps that

you can get for free that track your

baby's sleep now the reason that you

want to do this is because when you

track your baby's sleep for about just a

week or so we really start to see some

patterns pop out of this and I'll tell

you a few examples so one mom that I

worked with discovered that when her

toddler 20 bed before 9:00 p.m. that he

slept later in the morning and if he

went to bed after 9 p.m. even if it was

just ten past nine or you know nine

fifteen he would wake up a whole hour

earlier in the morning and she hadn't

realized it before actually seeing in

front of her eyes by tracking her

toddlers asleep you know she was tired

and busy and she just didn't see the

patterns going on but once she recorded

it it really popped out of us and then

she knew she had to get her little guy

down before nine o'clock another mom I

recently worked with got some really

great insight because she thought she

had a pretty consistent bedtime for her

baby but after she recorded it for about

a week or so she suddenly realized that

bedtime varied by about an hour or more

each week so some nights her little one

might go down about 7:30 then the next

night I might have an 8:15 and then the

night after that 7:00 o'clock and she

thought it all happened around the same

time but once she tracked it she was

able to see that she wasn't as

consistent with her bedtime as she

thought she was and that's okay but it's

really important to have a super tight

and super consistent bedtime when you're

teaching your baby to sleep better at

night so that was really eye-opening for


step four is introduce new sleep

associations so sleep associations are

basically just sleep props there's

something that your baby associates with

falling asleep and therefore he needs it

to fall asleep and it's not always a bad


sleep associations get a bad rap but I'm

here to tell you that they're not all

bad so you've got independent sleep

associations and dependents sleep

associations dependent sleep

associations are the ones that require

you helping your baby fall asleep so

feeding rocking replacing a pacifier

independent sleep associations are sleep

props that your baby needs to fall

asleep but they don't require your

direct effort so this might be a

pacifier if your baby can replace it by

themself in the night it might be

something like a lovey or a stuffed

animal or it could be as simple as

putting on your baby's sleep sack every

evening so the idea with step four is

you want to introduce sleep associations

now that don't require you so that when

you move on to step five and you start

to take your support away your baby's

not left with nothing so sleep

associations that you can start tonight

to help your baby sleep better are white

noise a sleep sack and if you have an

older baby or toddler

you can introduce a lovey or a stuffed

animal and remember the idea is that

you're not having to go in several times

a night and replace your babies white

noise or stuffed animal right they might

wake in the night they see that their

sleep associations are still there and

they resettle and fall back asleep

Step five is eliminate sleep

associations requiring you so this would

be the direct sleep associations that I

just talked about so if you're having to

help your baby fall asleep

so that would be feeding rocking padding

shushing replacing a pacifier anything

that requires you at bedtime and also

during the night when your baby wakes up

now there are a million different ways

to wean your direct support off of your

baby and it depends on your baby's age

your baby's personality and your

parenting style you can go as slow and

gentle as you like or you can take it

quick and efficient route it's totally

up to you now if you're wondering we're

in the world to begin and which method

is right for you and your baby and your

family a great place to start is in my

free exhausted mom's survival kit so if

you hop on over to baby sleep made

simple calm you'll see at the top a link

for the free exhausted mom survival kit

and once you sign up you'll see it's my

free video guide to getting your baby or

toddler to fall asleep peacefully and

easily at bedtime which sets them up for

sleeping through the night and waking

later every morning so make sure to

check that out I hope you enjoyed these

five steps to teaching your baby to

sleep through the night you've got any

questions please comment below and good

luck moms and dads