When Will My Baby Sleep Through the Night?
The question on every new parents mind.
When parents come home from the hospital with their newborn, the most common inquiry I get is “when will by baby sleep through the night?” That is unfortunately a difficult question to give a concise answer to — which is what new, sleep-deprived parents want.
In my experience working with families, education is a large part of the puzzle missing from the birth experience. No one talks about the one thing that none of us could live without, which still boggles my mind, but that’s not the topic for today. Today, I want to help you understand factors to consider around a child sleeping through the night.
First: No one sleeps through the night. Not now, not in 40 years from now. We as humans have various sleep cycles, which can vary from light sleep to deep sleep. The ability for us to be ability to get back to sleep on our own is really what many parents should be asking. The answer is simple, when they learn how. When your teach your little baby to go to sleep on their own, they will be able to use that skill when they wake in the night, not needing assistance from anyone. This holds true for the rest of their lives.
Now, there is more to getting there than just leaving your baby in the crib to figure it out. People have done that, and it does work, but there is a much more effective and gentle approach to giving your baby terrific sleep skills. Factors to consider are routines, the ideal awake times for a baby so that they do not become over-tired, which as a newborn is actually only 45 minutes. (And we know an over-tired baby is always harder to settle.) In addition, things like how and where they sleep plays a clear role in a baby learning the skills as well.
So the answer you are waiting for, it depends. However, if you follow my free guide, the 10 tips in there will be the building block and foundation of a terrific sleeper & by 12 weeks, you should be well on your way to a baby that is starting to consolidate naturally and take the long and much needed stretch of sleep at night, when you too can get the shut-eye your body is desperately craving. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I can tell you without any hesitation — your baby will fall asleep independently much sooner when you stop doing it for them.