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During pregnancy this time around, I was so nervous about the differences between my two boys. Would this delivery be harder than the last? (Yep.) Would their personalities be incredibly different? (It’s hard to tell at this point.) And most importantly, would this little boy sleep through the night early on, like my first did?
Seriously, though. Theo slept through the night at six weeks. It’s not possible to get that lucky twice, right? Surprisingly, we actually did. I can’t claim that there is anything magical in our approach to getting our newborn to sleep. But I can tell you that there are a few things that help make it happen. Prayerfully, it’ll keep going as he gets older!
- Books. On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo, and The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Tracy Hogg – these books are game changers. They stress the importance of helping your baby get the sleep that they need, and help you develop a predictable rhythm in your day. Don’t fear adding a bit of a schedule – babies like consistency, just like older children do.
- Night lights. Instead of turning on the light in the middle of the night, keep the lights dim and use a night light instead. These blue lights come on automatically and have a soft glow.
- Sound machine. A little white noise in the background never hurt anyone. It helps to blur out background noise – so you can continue to live your life while baby sleeps. I hear that water sounds, like waves, mimic noise in the womb, so it is very soothing to baby. (We use the one linked above, but this one by SkipHop is super cute, too.)
- Swaddle blankets. Another thing that is soothing for baby is snuggling them close. For all the times you can’t do that, a swaddle will do the trick! SwaddleMe blankets are easy to use, especially for middle-of-the-night feedings and changes, and they are hard to break out of. Aden + Anais muslin blankets are another great alternative, if you can wrap them up pretty tightly.
- Diapers. Diapers that don’t leak are key, because if you were all wet in the middle of the night, you’d wake up, too. Pampers Swaddlers are our favorite. Luvs are a great option too.
- Pacifiers. Some breastfeeding moms avoid pacifiers altogether, but we are fans. As our doctor puts it, sometimes you need something to replace what you can’t do all the time. Most of the time, our little guy just spits it out anyway, but it helps at least get him to sleep. We really like Avent pacifiers.
- Rock ‘n Play. This alternative to a bassinet is so convenient. It’s light and easy to move, so Baby can sleep in any room. Plus it’s snug and has a slight incline, which is great if there are tummy troubles or stuffy noses.
- Dock-a-Tot. We really love this comforting spot. It’s another great snug place, and is a perfectly safe place for co-sleeping to keep Baby close. (Our Dock-a-Tot was provided by the company – read more about it here.)