How to Get a Baby to Sleep Through The Night
Having a baby can be a daunting experience especially in dealing with baby sleeping.
Some babies are good sleeper, while some are not.
If you haven't had a good night's sleep since your baby
was born, you're not alone. Sleepless nights can be frustrating moment for most new sleep deprived parents —
but don't get discourage.
“How to get a baby to sleep through the night?”
It seems like a question with no answer.
But truly I tell you, it is possible to get baby to
sleep through the night. All you need is a piece of knowledge and some options about what is happening, why
it is happening, what to expect and what to do and put that into action. And lastly give it some time to work
as your baby is not a robot.
In this article, you will learn how to get a baby to sleep through the night by
using SAFE co-sleeping technique.
Co-sleeping, sleep-sharing, or the family bed: Whatever
you call it, it means regularly sharing a bed with your child instead of sleeping
Why co-sleeping makes baby sleep
With baby close to mom, breastfeed or bottle-feed can be
easier because it is easier to access to the hungry baby and quite often without either member of the nursing
pair fully awakening. Hence baby and mom can get back to sleep immediately.
When mom and baby sleep together, mom can settle the
crying baby faster compare to if mom has to get out of bed and go across the room to comfort her crying baby.
By that time both mother and baby are wide awake and upset, and may have difficulty going back to sleep. Less
crying time means less stress for the baby and both mom and baby can get back to sleep
Parents that use baby monitor to monitor their baby in
separate room will only hear their baby’s cry and not the subtle signs of their baby’s uncomfortable
situation. Missing those subtle cues can result the baby will have to wake more fully in order to alert the
parents. Thus more effort and time are required to resettle the baby.
Because of the proximity of the mother in co-sleeping
technique, babies do not have to fully wake and cry to get a response.
- Baby sleep more peacefully
Night time can be a frightening time for babies. Babies
who sleep close to mother have less night time separation anxiety and will have no reason to be afraid of
At a later age, they will have no reason to associate
bedtime with being alone. They will then be able to move into their own rooms with positive image of night
time sleep. This healthy sleep attitude is one of the best lifelong investments you can
Research shows that co-sleeping infants feel more secure
at night time sleep and therefore cry less during the night compared to solo sleepers who startle repeatedly
throughout the night and spend four times the number of minutes crying, which can release adrenaline that can
interfere with restful sleep and leads to long term sleep anxiety.
Research shows that babies who sleep near parents have
more stable temperatures, regular heart rhythms, and fewer long pauses in breathing compared to babies who
sleep alone. It shows that the baby sleeps physiologically safer.
The proximity of the parent may help the infant's
immature nervous system learn to self-regulate during sleep. It may also help prevent SIDS by preventing the
infant from entering into sleep states that are too deep. In addition, the parents' own breathing may help
the infant to "remember" to breathe (McKenna, 1990; Mosko, 1996; Richard, 1998).
Co-sleeping mothers and babies get their sleep cycles in
a synchrony called night time harmony. When baby is about to awaken, mother gives her familiar presence, or
close-by touch, which coveys a reassuring “it is okay, go back to sleep” message to baby. The co-sleeping
mother is more aware if her baby’s well-being is in danger.