Night waking use to be the bain of my existence, I broke EVERY rule in the book. I did what many do when their babies wake 3-5 times per night (after 4 months old) we feed them. I’m not saying this is bad, if it works for you, run with it. If you’re like me and can no longer function the next day and you need help…read on.
Steps to Minimize Night Waking:
- Identify how many feeds per night your baby nutritionally “needs” and not “wants”. We feed the need!
- Set the first feed for anytime after midnight, trust me on this one.
- Implement an earlier bedtime, even 30 minutes earlier can help, multiple night wakings can be triggered by an overtired baby
- Identify a sleep training method that works for your family dynamic and the temperament of your baby (ie. Check and Console, Chair Method, Silent Return, Ferber, Pick Up Put Down)
- Apply your sleep training method to the night wakings that don’t require a feed (review with your pediatrician before starting)
- Be consistent, follow through and stick to the basics!
Why do we want to minimize night waking after 5 months old? (Other than because we can’t see straight)
Sleep is food for our babies brain, a sleeping brain is a working brain. Consolidated night sleep allows your babies body to benefit from deep, restorative sleep. Night sleep comes together first and then helps us improve day sleep, the almighty naps!
Sleep gets sleep, don’t fear the early bedtime. Big hugs to those struggling, I know the feeling.