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How I Got My Baby to Sleep through the Night

Real moms share their “secret sleep sauce.”

How I Got My Baby to Sleep through the Night

*We’ve partnered with Newton Baby to help your little one (and you!) get a better night’s sleep.

Figuring out how to get your baby to sleep through the night is pretty much the holy grail for a new parent. And although you can read every book, follow the doctor’s orders, even hire a sleep expert, sometimes the best advice comes from a fellow mom. Someone who’s been there, logged those midnight hours (plural), and come out on the other side with a well-slept baby who wakes up happy.

Since we personally think a good night’s baby sleep starts with a really awesome, healthy mattress, we partnered with Newton Baby to bring you the secret sleep sauce of some of the most well-rested baby mamas we could find. Here’s some real-life mom advice on how to get your baby to sleep through the night, and real-life photos of what a well-slept baby looks like.

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“My secret sleep sauce is a full belly all day and especially before bed, plus a great swaddle and absorbent diapers. My 10-week old sleeps 9-11 hours straight with this secret sauce. In the morning I wake Benjamin, and he stretches for about 10 minutes and is ready to start his day.” -Michelle T.

 

“Going back to work! I returned to work last week just after my little one turned 6 months. She had been an ebf baby until 5.5 months when we started a few solids but she was not willing to take a bottle. Up until this week she wouldn't sleep more than 3 hours at a time but this week I'm on night shift and Daddy is getting up with her. It hasn't taken her long to realize she isn't getting to nurse at all hours so now she sleeps for 6 -7 hours straight. Lucky daddy.” -Andrea J.

 

“Getting to bed before the window has shut! We noticed when my son was about 3-3.5 months old, as soon as we were ready to sit down to dinner with our 3 year old, he was fussy and nothing would settle him but to be held. Which, when trying to get our toddler fed, made dinner time a challenge. One night, I fed him before the rest of us ate dinner, around 6:30pm, and put him down in his crib. He cried a little bit, but after a few minutes he had fallen asleep. And stayed asleep until the next morning (about 10 hours)! So we did it again the next night, with the same results. He was telling us at dinner time each night that he was ready for bed, we just didn't know it.” -Jenny W.

 

“My secret sleep sauce is breast milk! Unfortunately my baby is picky and nurses to sleep every night and most naps!” -Ashley F.

 

“Our sweet baby boy slept for 9.5 hours at just 10 weeks old! I don't think there is a secret sleep sauce, but it's important to stick with what works even when it doesn't. For example, we were convinced that Remy didn't like being swaddled, but we learned that we weren't swaddling him correctly. We needed to swaddle him tight enough to keep him from waking himself with his flailing arms. We also read about baby R.E.M. cycles and realized we were putting him down while he was in active sleep as opposed to deep sleep. My husband and I worked hard for the first couple months to get to know our baby. There were many challenging nights, but it was totally worth the struggle once he finally slept through the night.” -Maggie M.

 

“My baby has been sleeping through the night for the last week and a half! Here’s a few reasons why: She's the second child! What they say is true, they are easier. Also, a white noise machine is a must. And my last theory is that it was recommended to not try a pacifier until 4 weeks. By that time, she was already sleeping in long stretches and never took to the paci, so we don't spend the night putting it back in every time it falls out!” -Shannon R.

 

“Put her down drowsy but awake! It has taught her to fall asleep by herself (and no crying)! She's been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks old using this technique. If only I had figured this out with her brother...he didn't sleep through the night until 6 months.” -Marissa F

 

“One thing I knew I wanted (needed) going into motherhood was a healthy sleep routine for my baby… I started out by deciding what routine I wanted to implement for naps/nighttime. Adelynn's started out with nursing, reading a book, and a lullaby. Then I would swaddle and "shush shush" her to help her get drowsy. Every time, it's the same. I started this routine when she was 6 weeks old. The next big thing was laying her down drowsy, but not asleep, and I prepared myself for some crying and determined what I could handle. I also left her in bed (during naps) for at least 45 minutes to help her understand that if she woke up in 20 minutes it was not playtime.

“Adelynn now has a regular sleep schedule that leaves her one of the cheeriest kiddos I know. She has been sleeping through the night since she was 3 months. Granted there are times of change that she wakes up once in the middle of the night or doesn't nap well. But, for the majority of the time, she does wonderfully. I think the most important thing with sleep training is consistency! Find something you like and repeat it over, and over, and over… and do it again. Also, get some help! Discuss this with your partner, mom, baby sitter so that they can be on the same page. Finally, if you just can't take it and want to hold your baby while they sleep, DO IT! It's okay to treat yourself with some baby snuggles!” -Aisha M.

Share your Secret Sleep Sauce with us on Instagram! Be sure to tag @wellroundedny @newtonbabyrest and use hashtag #wakeuphappy!

*This post was sponsored by Newton Baby. Get $30 off a Newton Baby Wovenaire Full or Mini-Size Mattress with code WRNY at newtonbaby.com. Expires Dec. 31st 2017.

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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