All parents want to know, ‘When will my baby start to sleep through the night?’

And, that reveals one of the top myths about infant sleep! Because no baby…no child…no adult EVER sleeps through the night!

Yup! You heard me right! Three to four times a night, we all rouse at least a tiny bit. So your goal is not to really to get your baby sleeping through the night, but to help her learn how to self soothe when she—inevitably—begins to awake in the middle of the night.

Infant Sleep Training: How to get a baby to sleep through the night

As tempting as it is to rock your baby to sleep and then gently slide her back into her cot, doing that every night makes your little one more reliant on your help during those little middle of the night awakenings. Of course, you can enjoy letting your baby sleep in your arms, but I suggest you also help her develop the skill to fall asleep on her own—and she can!

‘Wake and Sleep’ Sleep Training

How to sleep train a baby? Training your baby to self soothe and sleep through the night is made possible through a technique called ‘wake and sleep.’ 

Here is how to sleep train your infant with this method:

  • Every evening at bedtime, swaddle your little one, turn on rough white noise as loud as a shower, feed and burp her, let her fall asleep in your arms and then lay her down. 
  • BUT, right after you slide your baby into her cot, rouse her until her eyes open (tickle her neck, scratch her feet, etc). 
  • After a few seconds she will close her eyes again and she will slide back to sleep.
  • If she becomes fussy, she may be hungry or uncomfortable, so pick her up to feed and calm her, but be sure to awaken her again when you put her back down.

I know it sounds crazy, but those few seconds of drowsy waking are the first baby steps to helping your infant learn how to sleep through the night!

Did you know? Happiest Baby’s SNOO Smart Baby Cot  was actually developed using the same scientific principles from the wake and sleep method. Between 4 and6 months, the smart baby cot gradually weans your baby off noise and motion, training her to sleep independently and make an easy transfer to a cot. Learn more.

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