As a new parent, we all wake up…quite literally, to the harsh, new reality of sleepless nights. God knew to make babies cute and cuddly. If they weren’t so darn cute, we’d consider giving them to a neighbor. Especially at 3am, when they are waking us up for the 3rd time that night and all you can think about is how to get baby to sleep through the night.
Certainly, you need to keep you infant well-fed, so interrupted sleep is simply a part of the at least the first 10 weeks of your babies young existence. Once your baby is 10lbs or about 10 weeks old, he is actually physically capable of sleeping through the night. A short night, albeit. Let’s say 10pm to 5am. That is seven heavenly hours of sleep!
However, here is what I found with each of my little monkeys. Right around that magic time, when I knew I could wean them of nighttime feeds, they also had just outgrown their swaddle. One of the best ways to get a baby to sleep and keep that baby asleep is swaddling them. It is almost as amazing as nursing. A gift to the new mom.
Without swaddling, that baby’s little arms and hands end up waking her up…again and again. The result: A very sleeping, grumpy child and a really grumpy, sleepy set of parents. What to do?
Recently, I saw a brilliant solution created by a seamstress mom with an infant that had just grown out of the swaddling phase. She created a little snug outfit called the Zipadee-Zip, created to be the “step” after the swaddle…allowing the infant to move his arms and hands just a bit but protecting her from waking herself up.
Check out these amazing, newly-invented pajamas for your 2, 3 or 4 month-old-baby to answer your question: how to get baby to sleep through the night. I think you may just have some sleep coming your way!
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