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What tips do you have for successfully putting your baby to sleep?

Even if you have been through baby sleep struggles with a previous child, no baby will go to sleep with the same tricks. However, a low stimulation and dark environment, a white noise machine, and a set routine can go a long way. Read more about these tips and a few other tricks to successfully get your bundle of joy to sleep, so you can too.

Chrissy Lawler

Chrissy Lawler

Chrissy Lawler is a baby sleep consultant, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and the founder of The Peaceful Sleeper.

Prevent Overtiredness and Teach Independent Sleep Skills

There are several key pieces to successfully putting your baby to sleep:

1. Prevent Overtiredness

Sleep begets sleep, and as such, an overtired baby fights sleep. To prevent overtiredness, follow age-appropriate wake windows and watch for your baby’s sleepy cues. These signs tell you that your baby is ready for sleep.

2. Teach Independent Sleep Skills

Once your baby is older than four months, you can teach them independent sleep skills. This means starting with optimizing their sleep, then working on sleep initiation, nap lengthening, and finally dropping wake windows (if you want!)

Rachel Fink

Rachel Fink

Rachel Fink, CEO & Founder, Parenting Pod.

Four Tips to Put Your Baby to Sleep

  1. Have a routine! Doing the same thing every night can create a healthy bedtime habit to which your baby reacts well.
  2. Make sure that the hours before bedtime are quiet and calm so that your baby gets into a sleepy mood.
  3. Adjust your baby’s bedtime routine and schedule as they grow since it will constantly be changing. Babies progressively need fewer and fewer naps, meaning they can sleep more hours throughout the night.
  4. Make bedtime a fun experience for your baby so that you have a higher success rate. For example, give your baby some extra love and attention so that going to bed means bonding.
Smriti Tuteja

Smriti Tuteja

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Decrease Stimulation

Most sleep consultants advise keeping the room dark. Blackout curtains are a great investment and work to ensure better sleep for adults and babies alike. You must cut out all loud and disruptive noises as they distract the kids. Playing white noise can work for some children. It worked for my older child but not for the younger ones. Most kids love rocking movements and fall asleep easily in a rocker or arms.

However, I always experienced pain in my arms while rocking, and moving from rocker to bed was a nightmare. Thus, I adopted a different approach. I normally put the child on my chest in a hugging position and rock up and down. I also sing a lullaby or chant ‘aum’ alongside.

This is very effective at calming the baby and helps to get past sleep resistance most times. It also helps to dim lights and minimize stimulations towards bedtime.

Kristin Hood

Kristin Hood

Kristin Hood is a mother of two and resident gear expert at GoodBuy Gear.

Establish a Consistent Bedtime Routine

Getting your baby to sleep can be difficult no matter what. My biggest tip is to keep bedtime consistent. Start around the same time each night and keep it very routine so that your baby knows when it’s time to go to sleep.

A warm bath before bedtime can be a great option. I always recommend a good sound machine, a swaddle or sleep sack, and blackout blinds if your baby’s room lets in a lot of light.

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott, Co-Founder and Medical Practitioner at National TASC LLC.

Set a Lights Off Time

Babies thrive on routine, hence, establishing a proper routine can help you in putting your baby to sleep. I highly suggest identifying a time at night when you will put the lights off.

This will signal your baby that it is nighttime and time for sleep. Doing this on a regular basis will create a routine. Aside from that, this will also encourage the release of the sleep hormone melatonin, which further encourages deep sleep.

Vanessa Osorio

Vanessa Osorio

Vanessa Osorio is a sleep health content specialist and certified sleep coach at Sleepopolis.

Sleep Training and Schedules

I recommend trying either the cry-it-out method, no tears method, or the fading method. Tips [for implementing] the cry-it-out method include developing a routine, preparing emotionally, sticking with it, and creating a consistent nap schedule.

Similar to the cry-it-out method, the no-tears method also needs a nap, sleep schedule, and routine. It’s important to set an earlier bedtime and learn your baby’s sleeping needs.

For the fading method, it is also important to set an early bedtime and develop a routine as well as offer a stuffed animal or blanket if the baby is over one year of age.

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