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How To Get Baby To Sleep On Side
Limit length of naps: Your baby has one period of deep restorative sleep per day & you can push it into the night if you avoid long day naps. Waking baby during the day to feed after a 2 hr nap, and keeping it up for at least 5 min if unintrested will teach babies internal clock to get its best sleep at night. Even if up a lot the night before, don't allow > 3 hr naps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Try gentle routine: Keep bedroom dark & cool . Can give a warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more
Baby schedule: There is no need to start a rigid schedule right after the baby is born. A new born has the day/night confused, is getting used to environment outside the womb. Over the next 3-4 months the baby will have his/her own schedule - going from multiple naps to one nap in the afternoon and sleeping more through the night. Mother need to get her schedule fixed around baby's schedule. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid night activity: Babies more than 3 months old can usually be trained to sleep through the night. The younger babies might go 6 hours before feeding, but the older babies should be fine until breakfast time the next morning. Do the same relaxing bedtime routine each evening. Put the baby in the crib, say "goodnight", and walk away. He might wake up off and on and cry but will soon learn to fall asleep by himself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Modify bedtime: Many parents buy into the myth that a newborn or young infant needs to be put down by 8 pm & pay the price when baby is ready to start the day at 4 am. That's fine for a 3 yo but unrealistic for an infant. By keeping baby up later & putting them down when you are ready for bed, you can push their morning waking until later. Doing this gradually, by 15 min/day segments can smooth the transition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keep a routine: Have a bedtime routine. Remember babies learn by association, so if the last thing he remembers is being rocked to sleep, that is what he will expect as this is what he knows. Place the baby in his crib when he is sleepy and avoid rocking or feeding right before you put him to sleep. Help him develop self soothing skills. Be patient, he is just learning and it will take a bit of time. ...Read more
It is too soon: At 4 months, you still need to respond to your baby at night. Many babies still need to eat at 3-5 hour intervals at this age. Ask again when your baby is 8-9 months old if he/she is still waking at night. ...Read more
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