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If there's one thing that can't be learned through online parenting courses, it's how to cope with sleep deprivation as the parent of a newborn (if you know, you know!) Sleep deprivation can lead to emotional distress, fatigue, and even depression. While it's common during the first year of raising a child, below we explore five strategies to help you and your newborn enjoy more restful nights. 

At What Age Are Babies Able To Sleep Through The Night? 

It's common for babies to begin sleeping through the night between the ages of 3 and 12 months. By the time they reach six months, about two-thirds of babies establish a regular nightly sleep pattern. If your baby falls within this age range but you're still facing sleepless nights, read on for some helpful tips.

How Do I Get My Baby To Sleep Through The Night Without Feeding? 

If your baby wakes up hungry, there's not much you can do about it. However, there are some ways to create conditions for an otherwise undisturbed sleep – such as: 

Tip #1 - Buy Some Blackout Curtains

Investing in blackout curtains can be a game-changer when it comes to getting your baby to sleep through the night. In Australia, the sun rises early. This natural light can easily wake your baby, prompting those early morning cries that disrupt your much-needed sleep.

Blackout curtains are an effective solution. They block out the bright morning sunlight, creating an environment that feels like nighttime even when the sun is up. While they may not guarantee uninterrupted sleep, you'll likely notice the extra hours of rest you and your baby can enjoy. They are a relatively affordable investment that can pay off in terms of better sleep for both you and your little one.

Tip #2 - Take Your Baby Out During the Day

Taking your baby for an afternoon stroll in the park is not only a wonderful way for you to relax as a parent but it also offers additional benefits for nighttime sleep. 

  • Research shows that exposing 6-12-week-old babies to daylight between noon and 4 pm can positively impact their ability to sleep better at night.

The circadian rhythm, or the body's internal clock, is a delicate thing for babies. It can be influenced by daylight exposure, helping to regulate their sleep-wake cycle. So, making an effort to get outdoors during these hours can be beneficial for both daytime naps and nighttime sleep. It's a matter of being organised and ensuring your baby gets some sunlight exposure daily.

Tip #3 - Quieten Noisy Doors

Every parent knows the feeling of finally getting their baby to sleep, only to be thwarted by a squeaky door hinge or a loud 'CLICK!' as the door closes. Fortunately, there's a simple solution.

This nightmare scenario can be avoided with a can of oil and a rubber band. The purpose of the oil is pretty obvious, but you're probably wondering what the rubber band is for, right? Well, by looping it over both door handles in an X-shape, it will hold in the latch and deaden the door as it closes shut.

Tip #4 - Establish a Bedtime Routine

A bedtime routine is a powerful tool in your quest to get your baby to sleep through the night. It's best to establish this routine early, as consistency is key. Your baby will come to associate these activities with bedtime and gradually learn that it's time to wind down and prepare for sleep.

Keep the routine simple, as complex rituals can become unsustainable. Some parents swear by swaddling as part of their bedtime routine. Swaddling not only helps prevent your baby from scratching and the startle reflex but also mimics the comforting sensation of being held close by a parent. This can create a sense of security and comfort that promotes restful sleep.

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Tip #5 - Remain Patient

Patience is a virtue, especially when you're dealing with a baby who may not always cooperate with your sleep plans. This point is emphasised in virtually every online parenting course, and for good reason. It can be challenging to remain calm and patient, especially when you're exhausted from sleepless nights.

However, it's essential to remember that your baby can pick up on your emotions. If you become agitated or frustrated, it may only escalate the situation. While it's natural to feel fatigued and stressed at times, making an effort to stay patient can make the parenting journey much more manageable in the long run. Your baby will benefit from your calm presence and soothing reassurance during those nighttime awakenings.

Master Parenting with OCA’s Short Courses Online 

Caring for a newborn can be tough, but knowledge can make it easier. Many parents turn to online courses like our CPD-endorsed video-based short courses, like Caring For Babies & Toddlers, for helpful guidance and support.

With one-on-one mentoring and lifetime access to course content from wherever you are, there’s no better way to master parenting. 

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