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5 Simple Sleep Solutions

When it comes to babies, I try to remember the old adage, “If you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” In my experience, most of the time the simplest explanation is usually the right one. Baby crying? Probably hungry. Baby squirming around? Probably gas. Baby thrashing her head around in the car seat? Probably because the sun is in her eyes. Easy, right? Calm and logical, right? Sure. Until sleep is involved.

My baby usually sleeps from 8 until 3 or 4 AM, when she wakes for a feeding. So when she woke up around 11 PM the other night and wouldn’t settle back to sleep easily, I plunged into the morass of overthinking. I sat in my room, trying to nurse her back to sleep thinking slightly panicked thoughts.

“Oh no,” I inner monologued “I bet this is the start of a four month sleep regression. Man, that would suck. I should have gone to bed earlier. I wonder how many times she’ll be up tonight. Oh, no. What if she’s sick? I really hope she’s not sick. I should keep C’s classmates away from her at pick-up because they’re all getting colds. Speaking of colds, it’s chilly in here.”

And then the lightbulb went on over my head. It was cold in her room. And she was sleeping in just cotton footie jammies. I hunted down a fleece sleep sack and zipped her into it. She snuggled back into bed and slept the rest of the night.

And yet again, I was reminded that with babies, sometimes the simplest answer is the right one. Here are a few other simple fixes to broken sleep:


  • It’s Not Dark Enough 1 of 5
    It's Not Dark Enough
    Some babies don't like too much ambient light when they sleep. After all, the womb is pretty darn dark! Invest in some light blocking curtains.
    Photo Credit: photo stock
  • The Room Is Too Quiet 2 of 5
    The Room Is Too Quiet
    Shushing noises can really help a baby drift off. Not only does the sound mimic the uterus, it also masks other sudden noises that can startle a baby. Running a fan or humidifier can do the trick.
    Photo Credit: photo stock
  • Itchy Clothes 3 of 5
    Itchy Clothes
    A scratchy tag somewhere in baby's jammies can make for restless sleep. Look for tagless or cut the tags out!
    Photo Credit: photo stock
  • The Rom Is To Warm Or Too Cold 4 of 5
    The Rom Is To Warm Or Too Cold
    Giving your thermostat a few nudges in the right direction can make baby more comfortable. Don't let the room get too hot though - overheating is not good for babies.
    Photo Credit: photo stock
  • The Bed Is Too Big 5 of 5
    The Bed Is Too Big
    Babies tend to like cozy spaces after 9 month of being snug. If the crib is too roomy, try a bassinet or co-sleeper. Borrow one from a friend to try it out!
    Photo Credit: photo stock

Read more from Rebekah at Mom-in-a-Million, The DC MomsThe Broad Side Follow Rebekah on Facebook and Twitter too!

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