6 Parents Share Their Secret to Getting Baby to Sleep

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Before you had your baby, you probably received a lot of warnings about how tired you were going to be. You know going into parenthood that children don't sleep, but until you have your own – it doesn't really sink in.

They take forever to fall asleep, and then when they finally do, they wake up every 20 minutes. They can't tell you what's wrong or what's going to help then fall into a happy dream state, so you try it all.

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You rock your baby. You change their diaper. You put clothes on, then take clothes off. You feed them. You sing. And even after all that, they're still not asleep, and you finally understand the whole sleep deprivation thing.

If you're struggling to get your baby to sleep, you're not alone! Read advice from 6 experienced parents on how they were finally able to get their newborn to sleep, and maybe it will help your little one.

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Swaddle!

“Swaddling! My babies did so well with a good, snug wrap.” – Alexandra

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Go with whatever works.

“Go with what works. You've got three months before it becomes really ingrained, so don't be too worried about creating habits you'll have to break later. […] Do whatever's necessary so that you and your baby get some rest. And yes, that can even mean ignoring all of the militant information out there about co-sleeping, tummy-sleeping, rocking, and nursing to sleep.” – Terra

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Don't bounce.

“Swaddle; don't bounce while rocking; full tummy [equals a] sleepy baby,” – Jean

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Hire someone.

“We just hired a sleep trainer, and she's finally sleeping,” – Jessica

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Tie them tight.

“Swaddle the *&%@ out of those babies. Learn to hog tie 'em like tiny little baby burritos.” – Casey

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Nurse them.

Maggie shared that to get her baby to sleep, she would nurse them each night to dreamland.

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What tip would you give to a new parent trying to get their baby to sleep? Share in the comments!

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6 Parents Share Their Secret to Getting Baby to Sleep

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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