How I Got My 6 Week Old Baby to Sleep Through the Night

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So, you want your infant to sleep through the night. I don’t think there is a parent out there that says, “Hey, I think I want my baby to wake me up screaming every hour tonight!”. You will certainly find your own rhythm and come up with a bedtime routine that works for you, but I will share with you what worked for me personally and I hope that it helps. And let me tell you, I did a LOT of reading while pregnant to try to see what worked best and different techniques to try.  I will say, for the first few weeks to a month you will most than likely have to let them do their thing. Babies that young need to eat every few hours and will almost never sleep all night without waking up. That being said, around the one month mark is when I really started to implement Asher’s bedtime routine and within a couple of weeks, he was sleeping 7-9 hours at a time.

We kept our bedtime routine short, sweet, and to the point. My son happened to be a night owl and would not go to sleep until around 10:00. This routine worked up until his 4 month mark, when he was ready for solid foods. After that, he began getting tired earlier and we had to add in a solid food feeding.

⁃ 8:00 – Give a bath
⁃ 8:20 – Give a gentle massage with nighttime lotion and put on his jammies
⁃ 8:40 – Quiet playtime and cuddling in the living room
⁃ 9:30 – Dream feed and Bedtime

Using this routine, he normally slept until around 6:30, when he would wake up hungry. I just fed him another bottle and he would fall back to sleep until around 10:00. I always made sure to turn off the lights about 30 minutes before bed and fed him in our room with the lights off (his bed was in our room).

BE CONSISTENT

I can not stress this one enough! Consistency is key in establishing a bedtime routine and getting your baby to sleep through the night. At this age, you are teaching your baby to distinguish day from night and helping them to learn that nighttime is for sleeping. Having a consistent routine lets them know that it is bedtime and learn to expect what is coming next. Following the same routine every night will help you to be successful quicker.

At around 4.5 months, I for some reason or another got a lot busier, so we were getting home later. Because of this, his bedtime routine got put to the side more than it should and I was doing his nighttime feeding while in the living room and engaging with the family instead of in his room. This went on for about a week before I realized that he was not sleeping nearly as well and went back to his normal routine. It was amazing how just one week of neglecting his normal routine affected his sleeping patterns.

Establish a Set Bedtime

This one is important. No matter what time you choose, I know I’ve said it before, but BE CONSISTENT. Before having Asher, I read a ton of posts and articles to try to prepare myself. Each one of those said that you had to put them to bed around 8:00. We tried this at first, but he would NOT sleep that early. We eventually gave up on trying to get him to sleep earlier, and see when he was falling asleep each night. He ended up choosing a 10:00 bedtime. My fiancée and I are night owls as well, so this worked well for us.

Lights Out!

Turning down the lights around 30 minutes before bedtime was a key to helping us be successful in getting our son to sleep through the night. We always turned lights down around 30 minutes before bedtime, turned down the TV volume, and then did his dream feed in our darkened bedroom. By doing this, he almost always fell asleep very quickly and did not wake up until around 6am.

4 Month Sleep Regression

At around 4 months, Asher began to act more hungry and waking up often through the night. I was not prepared for it and it somehow felt so much worse than when he was a newborn. It was expected for me to not get much sleep and for him to be fussy when he was tiny. I, however, did not expect for him to all the sudden start waking up every 2 hours throughout the night again. Then because of his, he was grouchy during the day from not getting enough sleep.

Some people do not recommend starting any solid foods until 6 months, but Asher’s doctor gave the okay since he was showing signs of being ready. A couple of weeks after his sleep regression, we began feeding him rice cereal to start, then when he did well with that we started mixing in some of the stage one baby foods.

The change was almost instant! Within a couple of days of starting him on the rice cereal, he was sleeping through the night again. The only changes we really made to our routine was that we added in a nighttime solid food feeding at around 7:00 and we changed his bedtime to 9. He seemed to get kind of mixed up with the regression and began getting tired earlier.

To read about how I battled the 4 month sleep regression, click here!

Keep At It!

Sleep training takes time, effort, and a lot of trial and error before finding a routine that works for you. You may have to go through a few routines before you find the best one that works for you, your family, and your baby.

I would love to hear from you! If you have any routines or special ways that you use to get your baby to sleep through the night, let me know!

 

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  • Natalie April 11, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Shutting off the lights is a really great tip! Even adults could benefit from doing this before bedtime!

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    • kidsandkittens0912 April 12, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Very true! It’s such a simple step, but seems like it is often overlooked! Thank you for your comment! 🙂

      Reply
  • Holly Hood April 12, 2018 at 10:17 am

    You offered some great tips. I believe that any new mother can benefit from this advice.I will pass this on.

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    • kidsandkittens0912 April 12, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you! I just hope that writing about the things that have helped me will help out other moms as well! 🙂

      Reply

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