Mommy Hacks: Getting Baby to Sleep Through The Night

Hey guys! I recently got an email from a reader about getting her 11 month old to sleep through the night. Her baby had been sick, and is no longer staying asleep. Whether or not you’ve always struggled to get baby to sleep or something happened to disrupt their routine, there’s hope! Here are some of my fave tricks for getting baby to rest when they need to (so you can sleep too):

Getting Baby to Stay Asleep

Establish a bedtime routine. Little ones thrive under routines, which is why I’ve talked about Aden and Ariah’s nighttime rituals in the past – they’re still so important. If you want a baby that will sleep through the night, the first step is getting them to fall asleep, and keep that routine to create consistency in their lives. As you might’ve seen, our nighttime ritual includes a warm bath, bedtime stories, and prayer. These are all relaxing, “wind down” type of activities, that help lull baby to sleep.

Check the temperature. Babies are sensitive and their rooms need to be comfortable for them to sleep in. If they’re too cold or too hot, they’ll feel that in the night and wake up uncomfortable. This might take a little testing to see what your baby sleeps best in, but it can make a huge difference.

Overnight diapers. Getting the right overnight diapers will keep them dry through the night – another common reason for babies waking up. Again, if they feel comfortable, they’ll be more likely to stay asleep until they’re well rested. 

Find the right window of time. Little ones have a specific time window. Make sure they go to bed when they’re supposed to – sometimes they miss that. Usually, children will wake up around the same time no matter what, so keep that in mind if their routine is disrupted or they don’t feel tired. Another trick? You may think that because they’re not sleeping through the night, you’re putting them down too early but actually – sometimes the earlier bedtime helps them to stay asleep longer. Go figure!

Lastly… Get a sound machine! Kids of all ages love sound soothers – I know because both Aden and Ariah do. Just like the tips above help create consistency in a baby’s sleep routine, sound soothers provide subtle, rhythmic background noise that makes them feel more at ease. Some of them have warm, glowing night lights and different melodies to choose from. If you haven’t tried this yet, you just might be amazed.

If you have any baby sleep tricks, share with me in the comments below. Thanks to Tameramowry.com reader Carmen for the inspiration, and good luck with Mila!  

Xx,
Tamera

  • Aww! Look how sweet they are in that pic together.

  • Jacqueline

    Hi Tamera Mowry! Good morning from New York. My daughter will be 7 years old tomorrow, April 21st and she has adhd. I sometimes struggle putting her to bed because of her excessive energy. Even when she’s extremely tired she doesn’t wanna sleep. Please help me! You’re such an amazing mom, wife and actress. I’ve been your faithful fanatic since sister sister. I love you and Tia so much! God bless your family especially your little angels Aden & Ariah forevermore. I love u

  • Barbara Welsh Martin

    Scheduling is so important..My twins are 14 now but they were born 5 weeks early..I know several people who had twins around the same time but it is funny..Some just change one let the other sleep and then change the other and wonder why they cannot nap..No..You can control a sleep schedule..change, change then you go to sleep or take that much needed break..the kids mesh to you…My ex, well in the beginning he took late night I was day..preemies were every 4 or 5 hours, then it got easier..one of my kids is still a little behind, but GOD is always good..the other is in advanced..My kids are my blessing…Thank you for the website and the joy of the show..