You cannot force your baby to begin sleeping through the night -- you must create an environment that encourages sleep and wait for your baby to accept that environment. As long as you develop a plan and stick with it, your child will eventually develop a healthy attitude about sleep, which will allow you to begin sleeping again, according to the Ask Dr. Sears website.
Encourage activity throughout the day. Stimulating the baby while he is awake by talking to and playing with him can help him to sleep better at night, according to MayoClinic.com.
Create a bedtime routine. Having a nightly routine allows your baby to link the activities that you perform with sleep. The routine can include activities such as bathing, cuddling and reading, suggests Ask Dr. Sears.
Put your baby in her crib while she is drowsy, but still awake. This allows the child to associate her crib with falling asleep, so that she is calmer if she happens to wake up during the night, according to MayoClinic.com.
Stick with your plan. If your child wakes up during the night and you start with the cry it out method, do not waver from that plan until the baby goes back to sleep. Giving up on your plan too quickly shows your child that all he has to do is cry to get you to pick him up, according to DrPhil.com, which will lead to more crying at night.
Do not stimulate the child if she wakes during the night. Keep the lights low and speak in a soft voice. Stimulating your child informs the baby that she can wake up in the middle of the night for play.
Look for irritants near your child's bed. Your baby might be sensitive to some environmental factors in your house, so try to minimize those issues. An allergy to animal dander, perfume or dust can plug the baby's nose, making it difficult for her to breathe at night, while synthetic sleepwear can make the baby itchy. The problem could even come from the baby's diet, according to Ask Dr. Sears, as a food intolerance can give the baby a stomach ache and prevent her from getting a good night's sleep.
Do not allow your baby to sleep in the bed with you, even if it helps him sleep through the night, because that increases the risk of SIDS.