Hi there pretty Mamas! As I write this post, I’m knocking on wood. We know all too well that babies can be unpredictable and just when you think you’re getting into a smooth routine with things… it can quickly change! Before I go any further, let me throw a disclaimer out there… I am a new mommy of a 3-month old baby boy. I am by no means an expert in the mommy category… I’m learning new things every day. This is just some friendly advice on what has worked for me. My little Michael is sleeping through the night (for now!) and I’ve received a few questions from friends so thought I’d go ahead and write a blog post to share my thoughts with everyone.
I realize that all babies are different and their behaviors, habits, feeding schedules, sleep patterns, etc. will vary. I also realize that all mommies have different lifestyles… some are on maternity leave, some are SAHMs, some work, some are single parents, some have 1 child, some have lots more! So, all of these tips may not work for you and your baby but a few of them might where you can then start a routine that works for you! The important thing is to be flexible. So, if you’re a tired Mama that’s looking for some remedies to help your baby sleep through the night then hopefully this blog post will help you!
By 6 weeks old, my son Michael, was sleeping long stretches during the night in his own crib in his nursery. When he was born I planned to keep him in the bassinet in our room for at least 3-6 months… depending on what article you read, many will say they should sleep in your room for up to 12-months. Between 4-6 weeks old, I was putting Michael in his crib for daytime naps and nursing him in his nursery so he could get well-acquainted with the room and know that it was a “safe place”. Just to note, I have one window in his nursery with plantation shutters — I purposefully didn’t get blackout curtains because I didn’t want him to get used to sleeping in a pitch black dark room (this way he can easily nap anywhere). By 6-weeks old, I had established a bedtime routine and I put him in his crib one night just to see how he would do and he slept for 8 straight hours!!! He did that for the following 3 nights… so it was a no-brainer to go ahead and transition him to his crib for good. As much as I loved having him sleeping in the bassinet right next to my bed… he clearly had better sleep in his crib… and so did I!