I’m going to share with you how I got my baby to sleep through the night at 3 months old. Now remember, every baby is different, but I can promise you, the sooner you start, the sooner you get to sleep! I’m not an expert, but I do have experience in this…I don’t recommend starting this too early because the baby can get dehydrated if they don’t nurse or feed frequently enough. When your baby is ready, you will know…trust me when I say this…it is harder on us mamas then it is on them.
When Levi was about 10 weeks old, I started putting him in the nursery for naps with the white noise machine. I just wanted to get him used to hearing the sound while he was sleeping. By 11 weeks, I began the routine as follows:
- Around 7:00PM, Change the baby’s diaper, put them into pjs. Dim all lights around the house. NO bright lights in the nursery, and no noises except the humidifier and the white noise machine. Try not to talk to the baby above a whisper, and don’t make too much eye contact as this can overstimulate them.
- While rocking in a glider or swaying back and forth, nurse or bottle-feed until baby is full. Keep a loose pacifier handy so you can put it in the baby’s mouth if they want something to suck on while you rock them to sleep. Often times, baby may fall asleep with it and go straight to the crib with it.
- While shushing in their ear, slowly place the baby in the crib and quietly leave the room and close the door behind you.
- Around 930-10PM, while rocking in a glider or swaying back and forth, nurse or bottle feed until baby is full. Again, keep a loose pacifier handy so you can put it in the baby’s mouth if they want something to suck on while you rock them back to sleep. Again, try not to talk to the baby above a whisper, and don’t make too much eye contact as this can overstimulate them.
Now, I also have to caution, this might take a week or two of consistency to get them to follow this routine. Baby will get used to you putting them down and leaving. The key is, keep trying. Make sure they stay hydrated, trust your mommy instincts…you got this!