How to Get Your Baby to Easily Sleep Through the Night

By Jennifer Magnesi
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Getting a good night's sleep is important for both you and your baby. Babies who sleep through the night wake up rested and happy; a parent who sleeps through the night feels less stressed and is more alert throughout the day. If you're finding yourself attending to your baby several times a night, you can try certain methods to help your baby stay asleep longer.

Maintain a consistent bedtime schedule and routine. If your baby likes to be rocked to sleep, you should rock him each night. The same goes for bath time, singing, reading or other methods of relaxing him.

Keep track of the exact times your baby wakes. If she wakes at the same time each night, get up a few minutes before that to change her diaper and feed her. Gradually wake her later and later until she gets used to waking up when you wake her and not on her own.

Wait a few minutes before going to the nursery to get your baby when you hear him through the monitor. Many times a baby will wake briefly but quickly go back to sleep if he's left alone.

Consider giving your baby a pacifier before bedtime to help soothe her to sleep and keep her asleep. A baby will often cry if the pacifier falls out of her mouth in the middle of the night, so get her a baby blanket with a pacifier attachment. Never hang the pacifier to the crib with a string or cord; it creates a choking hazard.

Get a white noise machine or CD with soothing sounds to play for your baby. If he wakes up, he may be lulled back to sleep.