Holly’s Top 3 Tips for Getting Your Child to Sleep

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Top 3 tips for getting your baby to sleep

Sleep is by far the #1 complaint I hear from parents.

Short naps, frequent night-wakings, lack of self-soothing, taking hours to fall asleep. I’ve heard it all!

So I thought I’d briefly share with you my TOP 3 tips for helping your fussy or high need baby sleep better. These are things I’ve learned through working with many different sleep consultants, through my own experience, and most importantly, from hundreds or even thousands of parents.

Here are 3 small changes you can make today that may just get your little one sleeping (finally!).

1. Move bedtime earlier.

Trust me, I know this is a super-scary one! The fear is that if you move bedtime earlier, your child will wake up earlier in the morning.

But in fact, more often than not moving bedtime earlier (between 6-7:30pm) will result in longer nighttime sleep, and better quality sleep. If your baby is an early-riser, he or she may continue to wake up early, but then at least they’ve gotten some good quality sleep at the front-end of the night.

When changing their bedtime, it’s best to do it gradually over the course of a few nights.

2. Invest in blackout blinds.

I’ve seen this truly be a miracle cure for early-rising, and trouble falling asleep at nap time and at night (especially in the summer months).

Not only does a dark room signal ‘sleep time’ for your little one, it helps their bodies produce melatonin, making it easier for them to fall asleep.

3. Whatever you do, be consistent with it.

There are so many tips, techniques and strategies for getting your baby or toddler to sleep. Some will work, some won’t.

But you’ll be cheating yourself and your little one if you aren’t consistent with whatever you’re doing. These little guys are smart; I truly believe they can sense when mommy or daddy has made a decision and is serious about it!

If you’ve made a decision, do your best to stick with it…often the difference between failure and success is simply waiting it out one more night!

To your healthy sleep!

Holly

 

Image Courtesy of David Castillo Dominici

Holly Klaassen has been running The Fussy Baby Site since 2007. Inspired to start the site after giving birth to her second child, the site aims to provide support and information to parents of fussy, colicky, high need or 'spirited' babies and kids. The main message of this site? You are not alone! When Holly isn't writing for The Fussy Baby Site, she can be found writing for other businesses on topics related to digital marketing, social media, business, and of course, parenting.

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  1. Autumn says:

    Great advise. 16 years ago while pregnant with my first child I was so blessed to come across a book that swore to me if I followed their steps my child would sleep through the night if I followed their steps precisely… All these years later, two children, one nephew, and two twin boys who are 5yrs old now, oh what I wouldn’t give, to know the name of that book or the author! All I do know is it should be handed out to each and every new parent on the face of the earth! I can tell you what I remember, and it DOES WORK, I’ve used it repeatedly with out failing once!

    1. Set a routine and follow it.
    2. About 2 hours before bedtime start to dim lights & lower all noise through out your home.
    3. At least 1 hour before bedtime further dim your lighting, turn off all stimuli, turn off all TV’s electronics, and sources of noise.
    4. You may choose to read some stories at this time, or just talk quietly, or sing some bedtimes songs whatever your choice in rituals. Just make sure none of these are loud, too entertaining, or promote physical activity.
    5. Bedtime turn off all lights in your home walk with your child to his unlit room for bedtime.

    Each of the children I listed above have all followed this routine, both my children have slept through night since before they were a week old, my nephew & step-children came to me with an array of sleep problems at various ages 2-4yrs old, it worked for each of them!

    I swear by this, I urge you to give it a try! Yes, it may take many days of using this method before it does work, but it works! Good luck to everyone!

    *Just a side note*
    Do not use these procedures for naptimes. During naptimes it suggested the opposite, to go on with your daily activities as usual even vacuuming etc. as this is YOUR time to get things done as well & can be very hard to keep a household of quietness during a naptime. It was always nice not to hush people because the kids were sleeping & my boys could sleep right through my vacuuming or a knock on the door.

    I Hope this helps someone struggling out there, or prevents a struggle for some maybe!

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