Getting Baby To Sleep Through The Night Getting baby to sleep through the night is something that every new parent dreams of. But babies' habits change slowly and it is is not something that you can hope to achieve with a newborn in a short time. Concentrate on developing a regular routine and a secure environment so that your baby's sleep time will gradually lengthen as nature intends. Do remember that it is normal and natural for a newborn baby to wake often. In the womb the supply of nutrients through the bloodstream was constant. Now they suddenly have to deal with taking in milk and digesting it in their small stomachs. At first they cannot take so much at a time and so they need to be fed more often. They will wake when hungry. So it is a good idea to encourage your baby to take as much milk at each feed as possible, although of course you do not want to try to force this or create any anxiety around feeding. But naturally, as their stomachs are able to deal with larger feeds, they will sleep for longer. All parents know that there is no way to force a baby to sleep, or stay sleeping when he or she is wakeful. Create a safe environment for your baby to sleep in. Most babies like to be enclosed in a crib when they sleep, to resemble the womb. Of course they need to be warm and dry and the room should be quiet. This will help them to stay sleeping longer, and in time you will find your baby wakes less and less often until he or she is sleeping through the night. Some babies like to have gentle music playing as they drift off to sleep, but it is best to turn it off immediately they are asleep so that they do not become dependent on it. Any loud noise will disturb your baby's sleep patterns even if they seem to sleep through it at the time. They may wake when the noise ends, or simply have a more restless night. So when you are watching a noisy movie on TV with gunshots or loud music, go into your baby's room for a moment to see if the sounds can be heard from there. If you are concerned about not hearing the baby if he or she cries, get a simple baby monitor. This is better than leaving doors open and having noise disturb the baby. If you are using cloth diapers and finding that your baby is waking more often that you would like during the night, you could try switching to disposable diapers. These take the wetness away from the skin so that the baby is not so likely to feel uncomfortable and can continue to sleep after passing urine. With a cloth diaper, the baby can feel the wetness and is more likely to wake. Waking during the night more frequently than normal can of course be a sign that your baby is uncomfortable and if you cannot see the reason for this, you should consult your doctor. Teething, colic, wind and skin rashes can often cause this, but there is a possibility of more serious health problems. Do not forget to consider your own health too. If your baby's sleep patterns are causing you anxiety, stress or exhaustion, consult your doctor or baby clinic nurse. Warning signs that you need help include irritability, forgetfulness, clumsiness and frequent minor accidents. Although infancy can seem endless, try not to let your baby's sleep problems dominate your life. Sooner or later you will be getting baby to sleep through the night in a natural way so that all of the family can live a stress-free life!
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