How to Get a Baby to Sleep Through the Night

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Hi, I'm Doctor Altman. Is it time for your baby to start sleeping through the night? Yes, here's how to do that. If your infant is six months old and not yet sleeping through the night, they need your help to learn how. First, pick a night. Friday night is often a good choice because the first few nights might be tough while your baby makes the transition.

Let her learn how to fall asleep on her own at bedtime, and tell her how long you expect her to sleep. Saying it out loud helps you know your plan. When she does wake up, allow her to figure out how to get back to sleep on her own. It's important that she learns self soothing and sleep skills at this age.

She will figure it out if you let her. Be consistent because she won't understand why sometimes she gets picked up and fed and sometimes she doesn't, and this show both parents are on the same page. There maybe a few nights of crying but if you resist the temptation to intervene, each night the crying will be less and before you know it she will be sleeping all night long, and so will you.

I'm Dr. Altman, for more tips to care for your family, watch all our health smart videos right here.