Getting A New Baby To Sleep Through The Night | Parents

Baby sleep whisperer Ingrid Prueher meets Eric and Laura, whose baby will only go to sleep when her mother rocks her, and sleeps in a portable rocker. Ingrid shows them how to break bad bedtime habits and get the baby to sleep through the night.


My name is Ingrid Prueher, and I used to work with the sharks on Wall Street, but now I have a much tougher job. [NOISE] They call me the Baby Sleep Whisperer. [NOISE] Hello. Hello. Hello. Hi, nice to meet you. Nice to meet you. I’m Eric. Nice to. Nice to meet you. Hi Laura this is Hunter. Hi Hunter. We are first time parents. One of the main issues we are having is with sleep. The baby is currently sleeping in this rocker in our room for night sleep. it’s tough. We hear her when she wakes up, we wake up. If she fusses, we’re up. We’re starting at her and I think we probably enable the baby to wake up more than she would. So what we’re really looking for is for Ingrid to come in, talk to us about good sleep habits and how to transition her from being in our room to being in her own room. Eric and Laura are having a really common problem. Especially for first time parents. Hunter only goes to sleep when her mother rocks her. It was fine for the first few weeks home from the hospital, but now, it’s become a bad habit. And her parents want to move her out of their room, and into her own. This rocker. Yes. I love it, during a wait time only, but not for putting the baby to sleep. We can start with. Naps taking place in the crib cuz we wanna teach her that her bedroom is a sleep environment. Right. The way she goes down to sleep is the way she’s gonna expect to go back to sleep, every time she wakes. Mm-hm. Okay. So if you rock her to sleep, expect that you’re gonna be rocking her until she’s a year and a half. To get Hunter out of her parents room and into her own room, we’re going to try to recreate the womb setting for the baby. While for grownups, we like quiet when we sleep, but newborn babies are exactly the opposite because the womb is loud, as loud as a vacuum cleaner. So we’re going to download a white noise app from the iPad. Pad. So when you hear her start fussing what you’d like to do is you take advantage of the fact that the white nose machine is in the background and start shushing along with it to help her calm. Shh! Shh! We’re gonna place her feet close to the bottom railing. And her head close to the side railings, don’t worry she’s not gonna get hurt. But what we’re trying to do is mimic the womb setting, she was surrounding by walls. We don’t want to place her in the middle where she’s gonna feel like she’s swimming in a pool. So what we would do now is we can place her hand over her chest and just hold it down. And shh. Shh. And if she’s fine what I recommend is tell the parents to leave. Okay. Okay ready? Sounds good. Alright. Let’s leave her and let’s see. She does. It takes children anywhere from one minute to 30 minutes to wind down before they go to sleep. Just like adults, so it’s natural for her to wind down. What is she learning here? She’s learning that. She doesn’t need the rocking, and she doesn’t need all these other things, that she actually has the capability of putting herself to sleep. We all do. Shh. Shh. Good job. Good job. Good job. High five. That was awesome. I don’t believe it. I can’t believe she’s not sleeping in my arms right now. I can actually do things. [LAUGH] It’s a little odd, right? [LAUGH] It’s a little odd, but Take a deep breath. I know. She’s never been by herself before. We’ve always been. Next to her on the couch or next to her on the bed. Mm-hm. And I didn’t think she was just going to go down like that. Yeah. Yeah. You just recreated the womb setting. She just wanted to be home again. [INAUDIBLE] Yeah that’s wonderful. And not watching Steve Harvey on TV. [LAUGH] Yeah exactly. Not yet. I have to say I’m, I’m really surprised. I mean Hunter is [MUSIC] Napping as we speak, shh. In her own room, and she went down fine. She’s been asleep now for almost three hours and I have never seen that happen during the day. I just know that it’s good for her like my mother’s intuition tells me that she’s getting some of the best sleep that she’s had probably since she’s been born. Hi, guys. How are you? We have a baby who now sleeps basically through the night every single night without fail. It’s fantastic. You know. Pediatrician was like, don’t tell other parents that your child is sleeping [LAUGH] like that at night. [LAUGH] She was, like,. You won’t have any friends. [LAUGH] It’s probably true. [LAUGH] My whole entire life has changed. This is awesome. Thank you so much. [MUSIC]

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