How Do I Get My Baby to Sleep Longer at Night?
“I am desperate for some sleep and was wondering if anyone had tips on how to get a 3 1/2 month old to sleep longer than 1.5 to two hours at a time. My son is exclusively breastfed and goes to bed around 8 p.m. and will wake up to eat every 1.5 to two hours after that all night long until around 7 a.m. when he is up for the day. He takes two really short naps at daycare and is eating about every two hours during the day as well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated – I am exhausted!!!” – Christina
One of the toughest things about new parenthood is the sleep deprivation. In today’s post parents share their best tips and words of advice for getting your baby to sleep for longer at night.
Tips for Getting a Baby to Sleep Longer at Night
“I know those sleepless nights well. Unfortunately, it’s pretty common with babies that age…some will sleep more like 3-4 hrs at a time, but I was in your shoes. The good thing I can say is that it doesn’t last forever. No fail-proof solution, but something that did help a bit was keeping the baby stimulated a lot in the early evening. Extra play time, etc. Then, try to establish a normal, calming bedtime routine. This might help you get an extra hour or so which can be so precious when you’re a sleep-deprived mom! Best of luck.” – Dasia
“I second the idea about trying to fit in some extra stimulation before bed. Lots of playtime right before you’re ready to settle in for the night might help your baby sleep an extra hour or so…which can feel like years when you’re a tired new mom! Good luck.” – Toya
“If you can spare any breast milk you can try feeding baby a few extra ounces before bed or have your spouse/significant other get up for one of the night feedings so you can get some rest.” – Amy
“I am guessing your spouse is around. I would recommend buying an electric breast pump and start pumping your milk. In the night time, your partner can feed him with the bottle and you can sleep OR sleep in the morning when somebody else can take care of him. Unfortunately, it is going to be like that for some additional months but try to stick to the schedule like take him to the bed at the same time etc. As other people said, stimulating would be helpful. Maybe if you can fill his little tummy before he goes to bed so that he can sleep longer. It will get better with time.” – Apneet
What helped you get some rest when your baby wasn’t sleeping through the night? Share your tips in a comment below.
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