Welcome to motherhood. Sleepless nights, sleep deprivation and lots and lots of coffee. As you might know by now, looking after a newborn baby can be quite draining. The first few months are always the hardest when it comes to sleep. As you can probably tell by now, babies can’t really tell the difference between day and night. Luckily, sleep training your baby will be the best thing you do for them and yourself. “Sleep Train” can sound a little intimidating, trust me I know. Which is exactly why I wanted to take the time to share my own sleep training journey and tips! Now, let’s tackle sleep training together! Are you ready?
During the first couple of weeks into parenthood, my dear husband and I were running on zero sleep and lots of caffeine. Every 2 hours our little one, JuJu, would wake up to eat. As soon as JuJu turned 3 months he was sleeping longer periods. However, he had day and night all mixed up. It was during the day when JuJu would sleep the most. Sometimes, JuJu would prefer to sleep rather than to eat and as new parents we didn’t want to disturb him, which unfortunately made the night time WAY harder on us. The day and night mix up basically forced my dear husband and I to also sleep during the day.
After weeks of going back and forth between sleeping all day and staying up all night, I decided that enough was enough. My sanity and sleep needed some rescuing. So, my husband and I tried MANY different things and let me just say that not everything we tried worked. So, please don’t get discouraged if you try something and it doesn’t work for you or your baby. Let’s try to remember that every baby is different.
THINGS THAT WORKED
Co-sleeping is very controversial and I totally understand why people get a little discouraged with co-sleeping. However, we found that co-sleeping was one of the best ways to sleep train. Of-course, JuJu did not sleep directly on our bed. We used the Summer Infant Baby Co-sleeper and we absolutely loved it! Co-sleeping played a huge part in our sleep training journey. The fact that we had JuJu right next to us in bed made it so much easier to put him back to sleep. Sometimes all he needed was to feel our touch and he would immediately go back to sleep.
2. Bed time Routine
Bed time routines are the best way to start the night in a positive note. As well as, your baby will know that sleep time will be not so long after a previous activity is over. Our bedtime routine goes a little something like this:
- Dinner time
- Bath time
- Reading books
- Lights off and white noises
Sometimes, our bed time routine changes but it totally depends on JuJu’s mood and tiredness.
3. Letting them go back to sleep on their own
A couple of weeks into sleep training I discovered that sometimes the best thing to do is to just let them fall back to sleep on their own. Trust me, it is possible! I know it’s heartbreaking to hear them cry but I’ve realized that most of the time (at-least my baby) will only cry for a couple of seconds and then go back to sleep.
4. White Noises
White noises were by far the best thing that we did for our little one. White noises is something I didn’t believe in until I had to try it with my own baby. We quickly realized that JuJu had a preference as well when it came to white noises. He hated the rain noises but LOVED the realistic womb noises. With that being said, don’t be discouraged if white noises don’t seem to work for your baby at first. Instead, browse around for different types of noises! You’ll eventually find one that puts your baby right to sleep!
Personalized lullabies are my secret weapon when it comes to putting JuJu to sleep. Let me just make it clear that most of these lullabies were all made up in the moments of desperation. The lack of sleep really got to me at that point and the lyrics aren’t the greatest but they work like magic.
5. Ear Massage and Back Rubs
I’m not sure if all babies love ear massages and back rubs but JuJu loves it so much that it basically puts him to sleep! It’s so weird and simple but it totally works!
There you have it! These are all of the things we did to sleep train our little JuJu. I hope some of these things help you during your sleep training journey! I would also love to know if you have tried anything different from the things listed above! Happy sleep training, my friends!