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How To Get a Baby To Sleep Through the Night (Older Than 3 Months)

Watch more New Parents Survival Kit videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Get a baby to sleep through the night using these parent-tested tips and tricks. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Be realistic Be realistic. Just because the know-it-all in your mommy group claims that her little angel was sleeping through the night by three weeks doesn't mean yours should be. Nor does it mean it's true! Step 2: Understand baby's needs Understand that for very young babies, sleeping through the night is directly related to how long they can go between meals. Breast milk is digested quickly, so it will take longer for a nursing baby to make it through the night than a formula-fed one. Tip Despite the link between a full belly and a full night's sleep, don't give your baby solids or add cereal to her bottle. Neither will work—and both could be harmful. Step 3: Feed baby well Make sure your baby eats enough during the day. If she takes formula, she should get about two to two-and-a-half ounces per pound of body weight every 24 hours. Step 4: Fill her up before bedtime At bedtime, don't let your baby fall asleep until she's full. If she drifts off before she's done, jiggle her awake and try to get her to finish. Step 5: Give her a snack At your bedtime, wake _your_ baby up for a snack. Step 6: Let her wait a bit If she's waking up during the night as often as every two hours, don't respond right away. She may not be hungry—but she's come to expect a breast or bottle every time she wakes up. Tip If you do wind up nursing or feeding your baby during the night, don't make a party of it. Don't play with her, turn on unnecessary lights, or even change her diaper if it's only wet. Step 7: Move baby Move your baby into her own room, if you haven't already. Her close proximity to you (and her food source) may be part of what's keeping her awake at night. Did You Know? Giraffes sleep for only five minutes at a time, for a total of just one-half to two hours a day.
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