5 Things That Helped Zach Sleep Through The Night

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From around 12 weeks old Zach has slept through the night almost every single night *touches wood*. We are just so incredibly lucky, and we're definitely not taking it for granted. I'm also fully aware that at 4 months old we are probably still in for countless sleepless nights. Especially when teething kicks in, or we find ourselves in the midst of a sleep regression. However, there are a few things we have done that we think have helped Zach to sleep for longer, so I thought I'd share them:

1. Naps, naps, naps. This is absolutely the key to our success as far as I'm concerned. Somewhere I heard the saying that 'sleep promotes sleep' and this is so true. At the beginning when Zach was a newborn we were just going along with what Zach seemed to want and we didn't realise that he would get overtired. And getting an over tired baby to sleep is impossible. Regular daytime naps are crucial to a good night's sleep.

2. The Sleepyhead. When I was pregnant I saw this online and despite the rave reviews I thought 'I don't need that - it's so overpriced and unnecessary'. Fast forward to real life with a newborn, and after almost 2 weeks of sleepless nights my mother very kindly turned up at our door with one of these. It changed everything. Yes it is overpriced, but the money you are spending is buying you sleep.

3. White Noise/Lullabys. At night we use the Cloud B Sleep Sheep which plays several different sounds such as the ocean and rain, and it can be set on a timer. It helps to settle Zach, and because we've been using it since birth he's learnt to associate the sound of it with bedtime. During the day we often use the 'baby tunes' on the Mothercare app (which if you haven't downloaded yet, you should!) which are some gentle lullabys which calm Zach down ready for his nap.

4. Consistency. One of the reasons why Zach sleeps so well at night is because we keep things the same. He sleeps in his crib, in his sleepyhead, every night unless we are staying somewhere else. We always use white noise, and his bed time is almost always the same every day. It means he gets tired around the same time every day, and he's learnt when that when he's in bed it's time to go to sleep.

5. Full tummy. One of the main reasons babies wake up is because they are hungry so we make sure to feed Zach just before he goes to bed so he is nice and full ready for a long sleep. 

Do you have any tips for helping a baby sleep through the night?


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8 comments

  1. My 9 month old still struggles to sleep through the night. He's possibly done in 2-3 times. He wakes constantly and still can't seem to settle himself, its exhausting :(
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    1. Oh no I can imagine how hard that must be :( xx

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  2. Thanks for sharing such great tips. Think consistency is so important. White noise has often been successful with mine. #TheList

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    1. White noise is amazing! It sends me to sleep now too! xx

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  3. Consistency is key - took us a long time to get our baby to sleep through but i blame me going back to work and taking my eye off the ball in terms of nap time - two naps now and she sleeps no problem! Great tips #thelist

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    1. Consistency and naps I think are the two most important things! Thank you xx

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  4. Those are some very useful tips. Our 7 month old finally slept 4 hours in a row last night (though I can't say we did anything different!) #thelist

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    1. I'm sure it will get longer with time! Have you tried the Blissful Baby Expert? She's meant to be amazing for helping babies sleep through the night xx

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