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You Will Need
- A simple, consistent bedtime routine
- Cooperative spouse and/or caregiver
- Patience to spare
- Blackout shades or heavy curtains
- Electric fan or white noise machine
Block light and noise
Make baby’s room conducive to sleep by blocking out light with blackout shades or heavy curtains and drowning out distractions with a fan or white noise machine.
Stay on schedule
Stay on schedule with nap time. Young babies should get two siestas a day.
Get some sunshine
Make sure baby gets a little sunshine every day. Studies have found that babies who do sleep better at night.
Establish a routine
If you don’t have one already, start a bedtime routine that you can stick to every night. Keep it simple! A song and a story should suffice.
After you’ve finished her bedtime ritual, put her in her crib, give her a kiss, and say, 'Night-night. Time to go to sleep.' Turn off the light and leave the room.
Wait five minutes
If your baby starts to wail, don’t rush in right away. Give her five minutes to settle down on her own. If she doesn’t, go in, rub her back for a minute (but don’t pick her up!), then leave again.
Wait some more
Still crying? Wait a bit longer than five minutes before going back in. When you do, don’t stay for more than a minute, and don’t pick her up.
Keep increasing the amount of time you wait before going in to comfort her, until she goes to sleep.