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5 Ways to Start Good Sleep Habits Now

The good news: You will sleep again one day. The great news: That day may come sooner than you dreamed, thanks to these tips from pediatrician moms who took the advice they dole out...mostly.
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1. Create a bedtime routine. “Getting your child to sleep soundly at night starts during infancy,” says Alison Tothy, M.D., Medical Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital and a mother of two kids. Start by setting the mood for sleep in the evening (silk onesies and sheets not required): Dim the lights, change your baby's diaper without cooing and gooing, and put her to bed. "When my kids woke up for a change or feeding," says Dr. Tothy, “I didn’t play or talk with them—it was all business!"

2. Give her space. Try to pick a place at home for your baby to sleep, so she'll associate it with zzz-time. “We let our first child fall asleep everywhere—the swing, the bassinette, the papisan,” says Jean Goh, M.D., a pediatrician in North Brunswick, New Jersey and a mother of two. “It was ridiculous! She didn’t sleep well at night in her crib for her first year. With our second, we were all crib all the time, and he was a champion sleeper.”

3. Say no to epic naps. For her first two months, your little Rip Van Winkle will sleep a lot (we’re talking up to 16 hours a day) and wake up frequently for feedings. After that, she’ll doze for longer stretches. “I tell Moms with babies older than three months not to let them nap for longer than three hours, or they might be wide awake at night,” says Dr. Goh. "I know how tempting it is to use an extended nap to, say, unload the dishwasher or do other chores. But I'd remind myself I didn’t want to be up from midnight to 5 a.m.”

4. Teach baby to soothe herself. Rocking or feeding your little one to sleep may seem easier, but then she might need your help falling back asleep whenever she stirs. The best thing to do? "Try putting your baby down when she's half-awake," suggests Dr. Goh. Another idea: Do a test-run during the daytime, when you’ll have more patience—and willpower!

5. Hang in there! By three months, most babies have some sort of regular sleep pattern. Rest easy—you’ll get your bedtime back, soon.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 114reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I have heard that truning everything off at nights and telling your little one good morning and good night helps "training" them to sleep normal hours ours is still realy young but we are starting this now to get ourself in the habit as well August 12, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by i HOPE babygirl starts sleeping more through the night...She wakes up between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. and stays awake for about 45 mins to an hour and falls back asleep then wakes up between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. stays awake for about another 45 mins to an hour then goes back to sleep and wakes up at 11 then from there she sleeps all day long until 7p.m. and I am trying to brake that sleeping pattern I JUST DONT KNOW HOW!!!! UUGGHHH GRRRR August 4, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I'm praying that mine come sooner rather than later. Before she is two months old I will be returning back to work. If her daycare opens at 0500 and I have to be at first formation before 0630 that means I will be up around 0400. Please let it come sooner. July 21, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My only problem is putting her down to fall asleep on her own cause I just want to hold her little body all the time and rock occasionally but I better get with the program lol! July 21, 2014
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