When you're a parent, "sleeping through the night" can be a little ambiguous. Before becoming a mom I considered a good night's sleep to be a solid eight hours of glorious slumber. Once home with that little bundle of wiggly noise, however, my standards needed to be lowered. Considerably. I breastfed my son and when he spontaneously, at 3 months, stopped his 3 a.m. feed and snoozed from midnight through to 6 a.m., I was so happy and surprised. So, I asked 10 moms for their real-like hacks to get their child to sleep through the night, because that level of happiness and surprise should be shared with new parents the world over.
I've also realized that, truth be told, I was just lucky. Although I did follow a few steps to encourage my baby to sleep well, I am pretty sure some babies just sleep better than others, and there isn't much poor, sleep-deprived parents can do (except survive). If you are willing to try anything, though, you can always give a few of the tips I used a whirl, and try to calm your little one in preparation of a good night's sleep.
I followed Dr. Harvey Karp's tips from the book "The Happiest Baby on the Block." He has a program where parents practice the "5 S's" to help calm fussy babies ready for sleep. The "5 S's" are:
- Side lying (just to calm baby, babies should always be placed on their back to sleep)
- Shushing (like the sound inside the womb)
- Sucking (using a pacifier)
These tips worked for me and my baby, but read on for some other moms real-life hacks for getting their child to sleep through the night: