Thursday, June 29, 2006

Day 129 - Good Night, and Good Sleep

Today's Tip - Eliminate sleeping crutches to help your baby sleep through the night

By the time your baby is four months old, he should be able to sleep through the night, or at least only wake up for one feeding. If he insists on waking you up every few hours, there may be something wrong with the way you're putting him to sleep.

If you rock, hold or feed him as he nods off, you're actually building in a dependency on doing those things every time he needs to go to sleep. Not a big deal during the day, but if he wakes himself up in the middle of the night all alone, he's going to need those things before he goes back down.

Do everything you can to lay him down awake. Even if it means just waking him up a titch after a feeding so that he'll learn to fall asleep on his own. Stick with it, and you should see results soon.

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