This is the key to getting your newborn to sleep through the night (or most of it). Feed your little one right before bed, even if he is asleep. Don’t wait until he wakes up in the middle of the night crying.
I have 100% success with this method when I increase the last feeding. Jayden downs three ounces during his feedings; however for the feeding right before bed, I give him 3.5 ounces. Works like a charm!
I first learned about swaddling during a parenting class while I was pregnant with my first child, and I remember thinking, “is this a joke?” I couldn’t believe the instructor was suggesting we tightly wrap our baby so he does not move! After doing research, I learned it is a soothing technique and that since babies are used to being in a tight space (in mommy’s tummy for 9 months), swaddling is quite comfortable for them. After trying it once, I was in love! This is the secret to calming a fussy baby. Whenever my little one is throwing a fit or having trouble sleeping, I get a large blanket and swaddle him. Once he is completely wrapped, the crying ceases, and he instantly falls asleep. I kid you not. It is amazing!
I am a “schedule everything” type person. It helps my days run smoothly. Having a consistent schedule teaches the little one when it’s time to go to bed. This can be very simple. For example, after giving your baby a bath, give him a gentle massage followed by storytime then a feeding. After a while, your baby will associate a bath with bedtime. It is important to remain consistent, though or this will not be effective.
Happy sleeping 🙂