Sleeping through the night

It’s what we all aspire to from the second our babies are born – being able to sleep through the night!  While all babies are different and a lot of individual factors play into their ability to sleep through the night, most babies are capable of sleeping long stretches from quite early on… If the right approach is taken!

 

Here are our top tips for helping your baby sleep through the night: 

MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A FULL TUMMY!

Feeding your baby enough during the day will mean they need to feed less at night. If you have an overly sleepy baby or let them nap too much in the day they won’t have fed as much as they need to and will try and make up for it during the night. Hungry babies don’t sleep. 

HAVE THEY HAD ENOUGH DAY SLEEP?

Believe it or not, an overtired baby who hasn’t had enough sleep during the day will be harder to settle and will sleep worse.

HAVE THEY HAD TOO MUCH DAY SLEEP?  

And contrarily, too much day sleep will mean your little one will want to party all night long.  See our Napping section for more advice on the right amount of day sleep. 

SWADDLING

If your baby is younger than 4 months, swaddling them will ensure they sleep more peacefully and for longer.

USE WHITE NOISE ALL NIGHT LONG

For sleep, the white noise should be about as loud as a shower.  This will also block out any external sounds that risk waking your baby up such as noisy siblings or the neighbor’s dog.

DARK ROOM

Having a fully dark room with no night light will help your baby know it is still sleep time, with nothing to distract them.

SLEEP ASSOCIATIONS

This is a biggie. Once your baby is over 4 months old, their sleep cycles change and they can begin to wake fully between each cycle (every 2 hours in the night). This means that if you rocked or fed or patted them to sleep at the start of the night, they’ll begin needing this same help every time they wake during the night. Teaching them to fall asleep on their own by using positive sleep associations (such as a comforter) is your best line of defence.  

If you’ve implemented all these things and your baby is still waking, here are some possible reasons:

  • hunger
  • uncomfortable (wind, nappy, positioning)
  • sickness
  • they are too hot or cold 

To help your baby have the best chance to sleep through the night, see our Sleep Programs.