Newborn babies staying awake at night are obsessions of many families. The situation of babies crying and staying awake at night makes parents lack sleep constantly, exhausted, causing a significant impact on the next day’s work as well as disturbing the life of the whole family. How to make your baby sleep through the night? Find the right answer in my next article.
To help your baby sleep through the night, you should first learn about your baby’s sleep needs. This also helps you reduce stress and better prepare for sleeping arrangements reasonable for your baby.
In the first 2 months, the demand for infant nutrition exceeds that of sleeping. Babies need to be breastfed every 2 hours if they are breastfed; if they are bottle-fed, they can breastfeed a little less frequently. Babies may need between 10 and 18 hours of sleep each day and usually 3 to 4 hours at a time. However, when children are young, they are unable to distinguish between day and night. Therefore, children usually sleep at any time, regardless of the time. It also means that children can wake up at 1-5 am while adults are asleep.
When babies are 3-6 months old, many newborn babies can sleep for 6 hours. This is a good sleeping habit for the baby.
By 6 – 9 months, when babies are aware of sleep at night and don’t want to be alone at night, babies can cry at night to let parents care for their baby and stay close when they sleep.
Arrange Reasonable Bedtime for Babies
In a study involving 405 mothers with children between 7 and 36 months of age. Results showed that babies who sleep through a nightly routine can fall asleep faster, sleep better, and cry less at night.
Some parents have set the habit of sleeping at night for babies from 6 to 8 weeks old. The key to a successful sleep routine is:
Let your child play active games during the day and non-exciting games in the evening. This helps the baby to be active during the day and not excited right before going to bed, so it will be easier to sleep in the evening.
Try to maintain your baby’s evening activities and repeat daily.
Remember your baby’s favorite activities before going to bed and do them together. In this way, your baby will look forward to bedtime to do what they like.
Prepare your baby’s sleeping area clean, comfortable. Check the room temperature is not too hot or too cold because it is easy for the baby to wake up, while cold it is easy for children to get sick. Keep your baby’s bedroom space quiet, turn off the lights, and try not to change this because when she wakes up in the middle of the night, she will fall back to sleep.
How to Put Your Baby to Sleep?
From 6 to 12 weeks of age, comfort your baby until he or she is sleepy. When your baby is about to sleep, put him down, and let him fall asleep himself. You should not wait until your baby is fast asleep in his arms. When your child has this sleep-holding habit, it’s more difficult to change back.
When the baby is able to fall asleep on her own, she will be able to adjust herself. You don’t need to be held, cuddled, patted every time your baby wakes up in the middle of the night. For babies who have trouble sleeping, when laying down babies wake up and cry, don’t be discouraged but be patient and calm them down from the beginning.
Pay Attention to Safety for Your Baby When Sleeping
When putting babies in bed for babies to sleep, whether it’s evening or day, pediatric experts recommend following these guidelines:
- Always put your baby in a supine position
- Always let your baby sleep in a stable and stable place. Do not place your baby in a car or stroller seat
- If your baby sleeps in a chair or stroller, carry him to bed and crib
- Babies should sleep in the same room as their parents, but not in the same bed as their parents
- Remove soft objects, pillows, stuffed animals, plastic animals … from the crib.
- Offer pacifiers when babies nap and go to bed at night
- Avoid wearing wool hats or cloths to keep your baby warm because wearing hats can make them hot
- No smoking
- If you are tired, when feeding your baby before bed, you should not sit in a chair because if you overslept, you could endanger your baby.
Use a Method to Observe Your Baby’s Progress While Sleeping
A well-known sleep training method for babies is the Ferber method. The goal of this method is to train children to sleep on their own and the ability to sleep again when they wake up during the night. This method was developed by Dr. Richard Ferber, Director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, USA. He advises parents not to start exercising sleeping habits for babies until 5 – 6 months of age. Here are instructions for implementing the Ferber method:
- Put your baby in a crib when she’s sleepy. After placing the baby, you can leave the room.
- If your baby cries, stay for a few minutes. This timeout is up to you or 1-5 minutes.
- When returning to your baby’s room, try to comfort her but do not pick him up and do not stay for more than 2-3 minutes, even if he is still crying. Seeing the parents, the baby will be assured that the parents are still nearby so they can continue sleeping.
- If your baby continues to cry, increase the amount of time you wait before going back to the room to check the baby next time. For example: If you wait 3 minutes for the first time, wait 5 minutes for the second and then 10 minutes for the next time.
- The next day, you wait 5 minutes for the first time, 10 minutes for the second time, and 12 minutes for the next time.
Applying this method can be difficult in the first few nights. You can see the improvement in your baby’s sleeping habits on day 3 or 4. Most parents see a marked improvement within a week.
Tip: If you want to try the Ferber method, take a full rest because you will have to spend a lot of time listening to your baby’s crying, checking your clock when you enter and leave the room repeatedly. You also have to be very tough when practicing your baby’s sleeping habits. After only a few days to a week, you will see significant progress from baby.