How Do You Get a Baby To Sleep

 

One of the key ingredients in success is a good night’s sleep.   How do you get a baby to sleep, when your baby will not go to sleep?

In many cases, you can train your child to get a good night sleep with a good routine, but there are some cases where you cannot. We have a child, Caroline, who will just not go to sleep. In fact, the video above is a typical night after a very stringent bedtime routine that starts at 8:00 p.m.  Left to her own devices, she will go to bed and not fall asleep until about 10:30 or 11:00 at night. Then we have to drag her out of bed at 6 in the morning.  

How Do You Get a Baby To Sleep

So, how do we get our Baby to sleep?  We have read countless articles on how to get her to go to sleep. Almost all of them recommend a consistent routine at night.  Caroline has a good routine. After her bath each night, she gets to watch a half hour of television, then we read her a story, say our prayers and I kiss her goodnight. At that point, she will just lay there and will not go to sleep.

Does she take naps during they day?  During the week, she is in daycare and they take naps. However, on Saturday and Sunday, she does not take a nap and she still does not fall asleep earlier.

How Do You Get a Baby To Sleep – The Magic Pill

Finally, we talked to our Pediatrician and found out that this is common.  According to my wife, with whom the Pediatrician typically agrees (smart on their part), it is my fault because this is how I am wired.

How do you get a baby to sleep?  Her advice was to give her Melatonin. She suggested that we give her up to 3 mg of Melatonin per night for 30 days and then take 30 days off. This will help prevent her body from becoming dependent on the external Melatonin. (Note – you can experiment with giving your child less).

What is Melatonin?  A naturally occurring hormone produced by the body that makes you sleepy.

We went to Target and bought some off the shelf that we had to crush up to put into milk.  That did not work very well, so we went on Amazon and found Mel-O-Chew.  Mel-O-Chew is chewable melatonin that tastes like candy.  My daughter happily takes her’s whenever we ask her.

How Do You Get a Baby To Sleep – Make It Your Own

Before you start giving your baby melatonin, consult your pediatrician.  Once we followed our pediatrician’s directions on how to get our baby to sleep, we made some slight adjustments to suit our needs.

We started with giving her 3 mg of melatonin each day for 30 days one half hour before bedtime.  If we gave it to Caroline more than a half hour before bedtime, she gets really cranky!   Now, we just give it to her when needed which is 1-2 days a week.  In most cases, I give her 3 mg at a time, but  I try to give her less if I can.

I’ve included a link below to the Amazon website with the product we use. Try it out and let me know in the comments how it works for your family.

 

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