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How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: Mom Shares her Secrets

Patch blogger and mama of two sheds light on the mistakes most parents make – and the checklist you need to get things right.

When Violet Giannone had her first baby, she couldn’t get the new bundle of joy to sleep through the night. And she admits: it was all her fault.

“I was a new mom and had no idea what I was doing,” she writes in her most recent blog post. “I had no clue that little things like nursing or rocking my baby to sleep would be the reason she would be up all hours of the night. Babies should really come with manuals!”

Having a baby who sleeps through the night has “nothing to do with luck,” Violet explains. You just have to know what you’re doing.

From creating a bedtime routine that is consistent to teaching your baby to self-settle, add these tips to your parenting arsenal and you might be pleasantly surprised.

You can check out Violet’s complete list of tips and resources by visiting her “Sleep Baby Sleep” blog. To get updates when she shares new posts, just click “subscribe” and you’ll be notified right in your inbox. Have your own tips? Share them in the comments section below!

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Donna Colucci February 06, 2014 at 03:49 PM
I wrote a great article years ago that was published by Daily Om http://www.dailyom.com/library/000/000/000000732.html
Lindy Fisher February 06, 2014 at 08:57 PM
infant "sleep training methods" that "teach babies to self soothe" may mean more sleep for mom, but have harmful effects on babies including increased risk of SIDS and higher cortisol levels. Babies sleep through the night when they are neurologically ready, pure and simple. For up to date scientific research on this topic, please check out health psychologist Kathleen Kendall Tackett, PHD at uppityscienceschick.com, or James McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab at Notre Dame University. [anthropology.nd.edu] Dr. McKenna is a world leading authority on SIDS and infant sleep. I have no association with either of these two individuals, but I have worked with mothers and infants for over 25 years.
Lucy February 06, 2014 at 09:03 PM
I have to agree with Lindy. Not all babies sleep through the night. Depending on their age, if very young, they need to eat. They will wake up when hungry. I didn't do much for my first child except regular feedings every few hours but once she'd eat, she'd sleep. Getting up at odd hours is part of being the parent of a baby. Once the feedings slowed down, she'd sleep at night and pretty much though the night. Both of my children knew night from day unlike some other babies. I don't know if it's luck but it wasn't much of an issue for me. Getting up when they got up was pretty much instinctive to me.
Joey Joe February 06, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Liquor is Quicker... LOL ( Just kidding - so don't jump on my back)
Christine Whitlock February 07, 2014 at 12:35 AM
I don't completely agree! I agree we don't know what we are doing but different things work for different babies. I nursed both my sons to sleep as babies despite all the advice to the contrary and both naturally grew out it when other food sources became dominant. Although nap and bedtime routine I do believe has helped ALOT!
Mickey February 07, 2014 at 09:37 AM
"on the mistakes most parents make" - Just reading that irritates the heck out of me. What arrogance you have to think because YOU figured out what works for YOUR baby- MOST parents did not have YOUR baby. We all had/have our own and each one's needs are different. I think it borders on abuse to leave a baby crying, not whimpering, but full out crying for more than 30 minutes. You don't teach it to 'self sooth' You've taught it abandonment-
MikeP February 07, 2014 at 10:06 AM
I agree stance Lindy has made. I"m sorry if your newborn baby isn't convenient enough for their parents. The 1st year is all about them. Took me about a year of routines (books & singing) in order to sleep train my daughter. I couldn't think about using the Ferber method... not because my hear would break when I heard her crying (I have a cold heart when it comes to tears) but the physical & mental distress I could see her in. Giving up TV & sleep time for the well being of my kid was a no-brainer. But to each their own... My kid is my kid. (plus another one coming in a week or so!)
Debra Navin February 08, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Thank you, Lindy, for your wise words and pointing new parents to much more sound resources. I am disappointed to see this in the Patch. People have rocked and nursed their babies to sleep forever, it's a natural loving way to connect with a child. If there were truly a simple solution as the author suggests here there wouldn't be shelves of books on how to get your baby to sleep.
violet giannone February 08, 2014 at 08:44 PM
@Mickey Sorry you haven't had a chance to read my article, but it has nothing to do CIO. I actually discourage leaving your baby to cry, as I believe that bedtime should be a pleasurable experience where you love and cuddle your baby. "Self Soothing" has nothing to do with leaving or abandoning your baby. Also, my articles are written on the experience I've had with hundreds of families, not only "what works for my babies". Thanks for your input though. Good day.
chris February 10, 2014 at 01:05 AM
This article does not affect anyone in Half Hollow Hills. Please post local articles instead of generic.

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