How to Get Your Baby to Sleep

This isn’t a how-to post so I’m sorry if that’s what you are looking for. I’m genuinely asking, how do you get your baby to sleep?

My little girl is 7 months old now. We have had highs and lows with her sleeping pattern. The first month and a half of her life was ROUGH! I use that word lightly. It was more like a disaster. I was a zombie. My husband just tried to help but he didn’t really know what to do either. I slept when the baby slept and that wasn’t very long or often, making me a very grumpy mama bear. Or grizzly bear depending on who you ask.

After survival mode, we slipped into pure bliss. Baby girl was still in our room but sleeping through the night in a Rock n Play Sleeper almost ALL NIGHT LONG! Praise Jesus! This lasted until about the 4 month mark when babies start to go through a sleep regression phase. Not to mention that we started trying to let her sleep in her own room around this time too.

The sleep regression wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t a walk in the park but it wasn’t a nightmare either.

So around 5 months we are back to sleeping through the night (for the most part) in her room. Well then this devil of a milestone strikes vengeance. Apparently around the 6.5-7 months point in a baby’s life, said baby starts to develop separation anxiety…

WHAT IN THE WORLD!! Can I catch a break please???

This child is testing every fiber of patience I have and don’t have! I’m up probably twice a night at least because someone woke up and realized that I’m not near her anymore. She just wants to hold my hand, which is so stinking sweet, but not at 2:30am.

You are probably wondering what the point is of this long rant. Well I’ll tell you! It’s okay Mama. You are going to get frustrated. You might cry. You might cuss. You might wish and pray that your baby would sleep through the night for just one night and promise to do better the next day if that promise is fulfilled. But it isn’t going to come that easy. We are struggling together.

Unfortunately, I don’t have this magic trick or product that will make your baby sleep flawlessly f0r 12 hours every night. What I do have is hope and faith. I hope that what I’m doing now to promote healthy bedtime habits will eventually stick. And I have faith that my daughter will learn that when I tuck her in at night, I’m not leaving her but will always be right in when she needs me. Just stick to what you are doing, it will get better. Not overnight, but slowly. But all good things take time.

In the meantime, if you are wanting to start working on some bedtime habits to signal to your little one that it is time to sleep, here are a few suggestions:

  • Give a bath at night. Bathing at night helps to make your baby drowsy. Try using Lavender soap as well to calm your little one.
  • Read a book. Reading to your little one may calm down his/her activity. Avoid rhyming books because the sing-song text might be too entertaining.
  • Dim the lights. After dressing your baby in pjs, try turning off the lights and rocking the baby in a rocking chair. Turning off the lights while you are still in the room and while the baby is awake let’s the baby know to not be afraid of the dark.

These are just some of the things we have done and seem to help a little bit. Don’t freak out! It will get better! Or at least that’s what they tell me. If you do something else different to wind your baby down at the end of the day, please leave a comment and share your wisdom!

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