Helping Your Newborn Fall Back to Sleep

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It’s 2am, and suddenly you hear the shrieking cries of your newborn – she is awake again for the third time tonight. After a month of this, you are completely exhausted, frustrated, and concerned about how much longer you can hold out.

Your patience is compromised by the fact that you haven’t slept a full night in weeks, and tears may slowly begin to roll out of the corners of your eyes. 

Welcome to early motherhood.

What makes things even more tiring is that the 6 week old baby you are trying to lull back to sleep is not in the mood to rest, even though you absolutely are. So, with a glimmer of hope that someday you’ll be able to sleep again, you keep trying! You change her diaper, feed her, and kiss her little cheek just to make sure they don’t feel too cool or have a fever.

You may have also gently try to work that very last burp out of her tiny tummy while rubbing her back, and swaying back and forth. Maybe you have even have tried the rocking chair, swinging her from side to side, holding her in your arms, and gently bouncing up and down.

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 Your patience is compromised by the fact that you haven’t slept a full night in weeks, and tears may slowly begin to roll out of the corners of your eyes – an involuntary reaction to physical, and emotional exhaustion. Every parent has been there.

 

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When none of these routine tricks seem to work at getting your baby to fall back asleep, you may want to begin looking at your daily routine. 

If you are at your wits end and conscious enough to try taking a moonlight drive around your neighborhood.

Many babies are born with their nights and days mixed up, and unless this problem is handled, it can be the root source for many of your nighttime battles. Begin by decreasing later afternoon naps by 10-20 minutes at a time, and wake your baby up (yes, wake your sleeping baby) in the morning about 30-60 minutes earlier. Implementing some fine tuning into their schedule, in the evening, you will end up having a baby who is more tired, willing to sleep for longer periods of time, and less likely to wake up.

If you are at your wits end and conscious enough to try taking a moonlight drive around your neighborhood. It just may do the trick to get your baby to sleep. You can then detach the car seat from the base and place it in your bedroom (keeping your baby buckled in), hoping that they will sleep for the remainder of the night. Some babies may react well to the background sound of a humidifier or the noise of a television on low, and it can often be just enough of a distraction to get their mind off why they woke up in the first place.

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When your newborn awakes, try your routine without turning on the light, this may help keep them a little more drowsy or calm. Pacifiers can also help babies learn to soothe themselves back to sleep, but know that infants can’t put them back in their own mouth so you may have to help them with this until they fall back asleep.

 

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One thing that all parents should realize is that waking up in the middle of the night is a certain fact of parenthood. Even when your baby begins to stay asleep all night, there will be nights throughout the rest of your life you will be subject to midnight cries, and pleas from your children. Sometimes, the cure-all can be moving your baby’s crib into your room so you will hear them and be able to reach him more quickly.

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As with all phases of childhood, this one will end! So try to remain patient, and know that things will be much better very soon

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Helping Your Newborn Fall Back to Sleep

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26 comments

  1. Kristen says:

    We’ve been trying to fine-tune our schedule, gotta keep working at it and hopefully we will get into a routine that works for everyone!

  2. valeria says:

    This did really helped.

  3. Ive been very luck with my baby and his sleeping habits… Hope I’m not jinxing myself. lol…

  4. My son is 5 months he will wake up usually one time in the night for a bottle

  5. Mine started out sleeping at night and now at 8 weeks he sleeps all day and is up all night.

  6. AsB says:

    We are finally getting a full night rest (6-7) hours. He is almost at his three month mark. During his last breastfeeding which is about 9:30pm I make sure there are no distractions, lights are dim and its quiet. He falls asleep at the breast and when he unlatches himself I know that he is almost fully asleep. I quietly put him in his crib and he is good until 7 or 8 in the morning. This is what has worked for us and I am going with it.

  7. My son has always slept on his back then he start to lern how to roll and then he started to sleep on his side and alternate then he learned how to roll and it seems he wants to sleep on his tummy but as long as he sleeps works for me 🙂

  8. Jeanetta says:

    My daughter is strating to sleep better during the night.

  9. Been there and went through this.It was so hard specially working like 12 hours a day and then coming home at night laying down exhausted and she’d wake up right away. So glad we are through that now.

  10. sheenaholman says:

    My baby had her days mixed but only for a little while. Im lucky.

  11. Sara says:

    My newborn sleeps perfectly during the day but hasn’t let me put him down at night.

  12. Melody says:

    But how about when they start teething?

  13. Evelyn says:

    This was the perfect thing for me lat night! My baby refused to go to sleep. This helped alot!! Thanks!! 🙂

  14. ornella says:

    My 9 week old sleeps all night!!! Such a happy mommy lol!!

  15. ChrisS says:

    My 3 month old baby has a timer. His automatically wakes up in a specific time, just for feeding. If I feed him in my arms then after he’s done, it’s hard to get him back to sleep.

  16. Angela says:

    Been there, thank God this stage is over for us! I am glad that when my baby wakes up, I just feed her/change her diaper and we are all back in our beds.

  17. My 10 month old has been sleeping all night since 7 months.. She only wakes up if she is sick.

  18. meredith says:

    Moving my baby to his own room did the trick to help him sleep through the night. I was super worried and I slept on his floor for a while, but he could finally sleep through dad’s snoring!

  19. Marie0209 says:

    My 3 month old will sleep from 10pm-530am.. It’s great except that’s the time I have to get up and get ready for work. We make it work one way or another!

  20. Melissa says:

    my son is almost 14months old and he is still waking up once or twice in the middle of the night, EVERY night.

  21. lawmaria says:

    my 6 month still wakes up at least 2 to 3 times a night.

  22. i cant wait for this moment. Hopefully he stays asleep.

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