I had a Mother call me the other day wanting some help. Her baby was still getting up every 3 hours at night and she had a older child whom would wake the baby during the day. She said she really couldn't afford my services but could I please help her so I offered her 5 tips to get her baby to sleep longer at night. These are the questions I asked: Have you tried making sure the room is completely dark? Do you have a white noise machine on? is your baby under 3 months are they swaddled? What does your night time routine look like? Also look at your daytime routine and make sure they are getting enough sleep during the day! ( Sleep begets sleep!)
Mom's first 3 answers were no to all. So we discussed her options and this is what we came up with. Since baby was 2 months old and Mom wasn't sure she could swaddle her, Mom got a pod so baby could move her arms just not startle herself and wake herself up. Mom got temp black out shades made of paper that helped darken the room and used a app on a old cell phone for her white noise. Then we discussed the night time routine. Mom said that at night she watched TV with her older child before bed then put baby down. As for daytime routine Mom got the baby up when baby woke up but at no specific time! We discussed that screen time right before bed can sometimes be stimulating to a baby and that maybe Mom could let the oldest watch TV in the other room while Mom did a night time routine with her baby. We also discussed that baby needed to have a set wake up time so that the body could start working on knowing when to get up. Mom called me after 2 weeks and Baby was now sleeping 6 hours at night! Mom had doubled her sleep time with just 5 little tips! If you are having issues look at these tips and see if they can help you too!
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