Your Newborn Isn’t Sleeping Through the Night? Neither is Prince George! Here’s Some Tips to Help

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Didn’t think your baby would ever have much on common with the Royal Baby, Prince George — or that you’d ever have stories to swap with Kate Middleton and Prince William? Think… again!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have both been getting though life as new parents just like the rest of us: without much sleep.

At an event at the Anglesey Show, where William was in attendance to thank the people of Anglesey for welcoming him and his bride, Kate, so warming to the island while William was performing his duty as search and rescue pilot for the British Royal Air Force, he told reporters, “I have to say that I thought Search and Rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding, but looking after a three week-old baby is up there!” Sounds like the royal baby (cute as he may be!) is totally giving his royal mum and dad a run for their money! Joan Roberts, a visitor who spoke to the doting royal daddy while at the show, said that he told her he “hope that he (George) will sleep through the night soon.” Oh, Wills, don’t we all?

For many new parents, the idea of a good night’s sleep is a dream away (sorry, couldn’t help myself there), but never fear — there are some ways you can encourage your wee one to get some much needed shut-eye (so you can get catch some Zzz’s, too!). While some newborns sleep for a six-hour stretch in the first six to eight weeks, most won’t. “If you have a good daytime eater, with a consistent routine and a bit of luck, your baby will sleep through the night at 12 weeks,” says Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, author of Mommy Calls, who stresses the luck part. For everyone else, she says, it may not happen for another month or two or — ouch — three, and that doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong. Here’s what helps:

Establish a short, calming bedtime routine, allow your baby to fall asleep on his own (no nursing or rocking him to sleep), and once he’s asleep, don’t run to the nursery at every little noise he makes — he needs to learn he can fall back to sleep on his own. If you’re consistent, she says, you increase the likelihood that your infant will be sleeping at least six to eight hours straight at night by four to six months of age.

Generally, after four months of age, an infant should be able to sleep at least six to eight hours straight without feeding, says Altmann. And by six months of age, they should be able to go at least 8 to 10 hours without a feeding. To encourage a good routine, let baby sleep! Slowly start extending the time between nighttime feedings until you get there. And don’t rush to pick up baby the moment she cries at night. She needs to learn that if she wakes in the night, she doesn’t need you to help her fall back asleep again.

How did you help get your newborn to sleep for longer stretches?

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