Andrew started sleeping through the night at 3 months old. The first night I thought I was just lucky, but when it happened 3 nights in a row I realized that the baby bedtime routine we started when he was 6 weeks old was finally paying off.
I read an article over on Baby Center called “Establishing good sleep habits: newborn to 3 months” and it helped me realize that a child can be taught to sleep through the night at a young age. I learned that starting the routine when your child is between 6 and 8 weeks old is important.
At 8 weeks, it may seem pointless because the rewards are not immediate, but there is a saying:
“It takes 30 days to make a habit”
I found this was true with Andrew. At 12 weeks he slept through the night, 21:30 until 6:00. You may be wondering what my “magic” routine is.
You can see my initial routine over here. It worked, but not wonderfully.
I altered the routine to start 30 minutes later, and I added in the Bible story. The first night that Andrew slept through was the first night that the routine included a Bible Story. I believe that God had something to do with that!
Andrew’s baby bedtime routine:
- 5:30pm – Eat Supper
- 6:30pm – Sit with mom and dad while they eat
- 7:00pm – Bathtime!
- 7:30pm – Light feed
- 8:00pm – Make tea with mom
- 8:30pm – Eat while dad reads a Bible Story
- 9:00pm – Listen to music and cuddle with mom
- 9:30pm – Mom puts me into my bed
Ever since I started using this baby bedtime routine, he has been sleeping through the night. There are some nights I hear him wake up at 1:00am, but I leave him to put himself back to sleep. I made the decision that if he cries his distressed cry then I will get up and see to him, but that hasn’t happened yet.
I have a track that I play to Andrew every night when I put him to sleep. Normally he is fast asleep by the end of the track, but occasionally I will restart it. By the second time through he is always asleep (unless he has another need that must be fulfilled). You can find the track over here.
Do you have a baby bedtime routine that works for your children? Please share it in a comment below!