Gentle ways to helpyour baby sleep safe and soundly all night
Mommy Needs Her Sleep

"by: Tammy Hussin"

Bringing a new baby home from the hospital is a beautiful experience, but it can also be filled with a multitude of anxieties and frustrations. One of the major sources of that anxiety is figuring out how you can get your baby sleeping through the night. When will your baby be sleeping through the night and how long will it take? When are you going to finally get the rest that you so badly need? Well, this article can begin to help you to unravel the mystery behind getting your baby sleeping through the night, and get you started on a gentle, easy path that will have everyone in your house getting a good night's sleep.

The biggest secret to getting your baby to sleep through the night is in teaching your baby how to fall asleep without you, and instead try to get your baby to fall asleep without your help. One important way to accomplish this is to put your baby down for a nap while your baby is still awake. It's important to try this when your baby is quiet and relatively peaceful, rather than times when your child is fussy or needs you.

You do not have to make your baby cry it out in order to teach him/her how to sleep independently. Just realize that each time you put your baby down for a nap, it's a brand new ?opportunity? for you to teach your baby how to fall asleep without your help. Given enough of these opportunities, your baby will begin to fall asleep without you. Once your baby can sleep independently, then as soon as your baby is physically ready to sleep through the night, he/she will do so.

You do not have to make your baby cry it out in order to teach him/her how to sleep independently. Just realize that each time you put your baby down for a nap, it's a brand new ?opportunity? for you to teach your baby how to fall asleep without your help. Given enough of these opportunities, your baby will begin to fall asleep without you. Once your baby can sleep independently, then as soon as your baby is physically ready to sleep through the night, he/she will do so.

If you do not teach your baby how to fall asleep without you, your presence will be required for every sleeping occasion around the clock. You will understandably grow progressively exhausted, and months of this will make you, at best, downright irritable. Your baby will pretty cranky as well. Y our child won't take good naps and will be up all night demanding your presence. Your baby simply won't sleep when he/she is tired, and the whole house will suffer from your baby's irritability. All because your baby never learned how to sleep on his/her own.

Teaching your baby how to sleep without you does not in any way make you a ?bad? parent; rather, it simply enables you to get a little bit of breathing room, and allows you to have the energy left over for other aspects of your life.


It's important to consider your own needs, as well as your new baby's. In your strive to be ?super-mom?, it's all too easy to forget anyone else's needs, including your own! You need to try to maintain a balance in your new and chaotic life, and try to keep everyone happy, especially yourself. This will make you a much better parent than if you are tired and cranky all the time.

Saving time for your partner is also important, and ever so easy to forget. Failing to save energy for your partner fosters resentment and allows distance between you to develop much quicker than you can ever believe. By saving time for yourself and your partner, you will help to maintain the balance and allow love to flourish throughout your house. The best way to achieve that balance is to make sure that your baby learns how to sleep without you. You can tend to your baby's every need and have an incredible, loving relationship with your baby; but when it's time for your baby to sleep, it's time to separate and get some time for yourself and your loved ones.

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