Can I Make My Newborn Sleep Through The Night?

Ask any first-time moms what is the most difficult aspect of motherhood, and chances are, you will frequently hear the answer: exhaustion due to lack of sleep. While it’s true that newborns do sleep practically the whole day (or at least 18 hours a day) during the first six weeks, it isn’t non-stop sleep.

Newborns need to be fed, on the average, every 2-4 hours. There really aren’t any fixed rules as to how long new babies sleep, though. Some babies go right back to sleep after feeding for 5 minutes, without any hassles whatsoever. However, this isn’t always the case. Some babies feed for more than 20 minutes, would be wide awake for several more minutes after each feeding, before finally drifting off to sleep. When they become hungry anytime after 2-4 hours, they will wake up again. This cycle continues on eight times or so everyday.

During worse days, the baby will have fits of crying after feeding, and won’t sleep at all! And so it is wise if the mom will catch some sleep of her own whenever the baby is asleep, because she will need all her energy when her baby is awake.

So when will babies start sleeping “normally”? By “normally”, we mean sleeping for at least 5 straight hours starting midnight until early morning.  Typically, by 3 or 4 months, some babies have developed a normal sleeping habit already, but some babies also don’t. In fact, some will sleep through the day and be wide awake at night for a few weeks, then will do the exact opposite for another couple of weeks or so! For moms in this situation, I recommend reading The No Cry Sleep Solution and The No Cry Nap Solution. These books contain a lot of helpful tips on what to do when the baby wakes up in the middle of the night. You will learn valuable techniques that you can immediately apply to your baby and the result is both baby and mommy having more uninterrupted nights of sleep.