Because the circadian rhythm of infants has not yet been adjusted to the usual sleep and wake cycle of adults, you typically will encounter your 0-to-6-month infant waking at least once, twice, or sometimes more during the night; and your 6-to-12-month baby, once or twice. A parent needs to know that this is just normal at this stage and does not reflect the type of parenting that you provide.
The best way of getting baby to sleep through the night and to get some sleep yourself is to create an environment conducive for your baby’s sleep. Below are tips on how to make your environment sleep-ready, thus, aiding you in getting baby to sleep through the night:
1) Choose the right sleeping gear. Do not underestimate the power of the right attire in getting baby to sleep through the night. Before anything else, bathing or wiping your baby clean will make for a good and refreshing start. Naturally, if the weather is humid, some light clothing will be suitable; for the wet and cold days, some thick clothing will keep your baby warm and cozy.
2) Dress his or her room for comfort. Take out anything that might serve as hindrance in getting baby to sleep through night such as mobiles hung above your baby’s crib. Another is to make sure that the color of the paint in your baby’s room does not hinder sleep. Avoid screaming colors which stimulate the sense and go for light hues of the “baby” type (baby blue, baby pink). Make sure that the ventilation of the room is adequate, not too cold and not to warm. You can also play soft sounds that are repetitive.
3) Keep him or her safe at all times. One of the top things that you need to provide is a secure environment. Getting baby to sleep through the night also entails for you to baby-proof his or her surroundings from accidents. Remove all nuisances such as stuffed toys and loose blankets which will not only distract your baby from getting the much-needed sleep, but can strangulate and harm him or her as well.