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"How to make your baby sleep through the night"

If you are a parent, you know first-hand the sleepless nights. Your baby wakes up every 2 hours to feed or just needs to be rocked back into slumber. You lie awake in bed with your precious bundle of joy until they finally fall asleep again after what feels like an eternity. The lack of sleep is wearing on you and all three of your kids are getting cranky from the lack of restful sleep. I am here today to tell you how I made my baby sleep through the night! Read on for tips and tricks that will make this time period more manageable for everyone involved!
I hope these tips help make this time period more manageable!

1. Create a bedtime routine for your child

Would you like to learn how to create a bedtime routine for your baby that will help them sleep through the night? We all know what sleepless nights can do to adults, so imagine what it does to babies. It is important for parents of newborns and infants alike to create a bedtime routine so they can get some much-needed rest. Here are some tips on creating an easy routine that you'll both enjoy!
Don't forget about yourself- new mom or not! Creating a nighttime ritual with your partner can be just as beneficial for moms who want their children to have healthy sleeping habits too. The more time you spend together at night, the stronger your bond will become over time.

2. Make sure your baby is well-rested before bedtime

Baby's need about 12 hours of sleep each day, but the amount will vary by age. For example, a one-month old baby needs between 14 and 17 hours of sleep per day. If you're worried that your little one is not getting enough rest during the night or if they are waking up too early in the morning, try these tips to encourage them to get some quality shuteye before bedtime:
a) Keep your baby awake for 3-4 hours before bedtime so they'll be tired when it's time for lights out. b) Make sure you have a consistent bedtime routine with soothing activities like reading a book or singing lullabies to help prepare them for slumber. 

3. Keep the bedroom dark and quiet

Sleeping with bright lights and loud noises around can be very distracting for our little ones. Follow these tips to help them fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up refreshed.
The bedroom should be dark and quiet for babies. The darker the better! Use blackout curtains or shades on windows that face east or west so they don't have their first morning light coming in at an early hour.

4. Be consistent with the time you put them to sleep

In order to have a healthy, happy baby it is important that you stick to a routine. One of these routines should be when your baby sleeps. Be consistent with the time you put them down for their nap and bedtime so they can get used to this schedule and stay on track!

5. Play calming music or white noise in the background

Did you know that playing calming music or white noise in the background for your baby to sleep can help them get more restful sleep? It is recommended to play this type of soothing sound when they are napping and/or sleeping. Here are some ideas of what types of sounds work best for babies: strings, harp, piano, wind chimes, ocean waves with seagulls. If you're looking for a playlist of songs that might work well as a soundtrack to a baby's day, try these 10 popular picks from Spotify!   These songs include lullabies like "Hush Little Baby" by Billie Holiday and classics like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" sung by Judy Garland. 

6.Choose a good infant sleep drop for your baby

Sleep drops are a great way to help your baby fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. There are many different types that you can choose from depending on what type of child you have. Read our previous  blog post to find out more about the best infant sleep drop for your baby!