My friend Ron asked for advice on how to help their infant sleep better. Here are a few of my thoughts.
We tried not to stress too much about making our kids sleep through the night. Here are a few things we tried with moderate off-and-on success, and that seems to be about the best results out there. Anyone who argues with that is probably just lucky or trying to sell something. Every kid is different. Our daughter slept WAY better than our son. At two, he still gets up once about half the time now.
- Take it slow. Go for incremental changes. Do whatever she likes best, minus a half step that makes it easier on you. And slowly ease back. For example, you might try laying down with her on the floor or on a twin bed, and then getting up (and packing pillows around to protect her from rolling off if you're on the bed). That way she gets to fall asleep with you, but you don't have to stay there all night.
- Try putting her down in a car seat or stroller. Our son was a bear to get to sleep from about 3 months to 9 months. Often, I would take him on late night walks in the stroller. As a newborn, Our girl actually slept way better in her car seat. We would just put that in her crib or on the floor in her room and strap her down. I guess she felt secure, or maybe she didn't wake herself up by flailing around.