Winter Baby Sleeping Tip.

by heirtoblair on November 9, 2012

sleepingtip Winter Baby Sleeping Tip.

I got lucky by giving birth to a great night sleeper. If you count “having a baby that screams 11 hours a day until he passes out for 13 hours” as “lucky.” Then yeah, TOTALLY LUCKY. Harrison was roughly three weeks old the first time he slept through the night & by Christmas, he was sleeping through the night regularly. It was such a blessing for me as a momma with postpartum depression because it meant that a) I was getting rest at night & b) we never had to sleep-train him as a baby.

I think Harrison seemed to know that having to sleep-train him would push me right over the edge, so he cut me some slack in that area. On the other hand, we did a strict bedtime routine to help him get to sleep. Every night it was oatmeal, then bathtime, then a bottle & rocking before we placed him in his crib, swaddled & awake but drowsy. Within moments, he would be out like a light. I remember those nights in his nursery with him snuggled close to me, already swaddled in flannel. We swaddled him before the bottle since the milk always made him sleepy & we wanted to be able to simply place him into the crib. He’d lay in the crook of my arm & some nights I would rock & rock & memorize his face & the way his lips puckered in almost-sleep.

Since he was a fall/winter baby, the biggest challenge we had for getting him to sleep was keeping him warm enough & eliminating the shock of going from my warm arms to the cold crib sheet. As an infant, he was a lot like me – the more layers & cozy he was, the better he slept. So we’d put him in fleece jammies, swaddle him in flannel, but the moment his cheek hit the crib, his eyes would fly open. So we began “pre-heating” his crib with the heating pad on low. As Doug ran the bath, I would toss the heating pad onto the crib & give it a solid 20-30 minutes to slowly warm up (necessary for using the lowest setting possible). Then as I finished rocking Harrison, I’d stand slowly & hold him close with one hand while the other pulled the heating pad out of the crib & testing the sheet to be sure it wasn’t too hot. We kept this up until the spring when the temperatures rose & he became less reactive to temperature, but it’s still my best sleep tip for small babes.

Did you have a “secret” to getting your baby snuggled down for the night? Care to share?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate November 10, 2012 at 1:02 am

I’ve used a hot water bottle to do the same thing!

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Salena November 10, 2012 at 1:42 am

This is the most brilliant thing I’ve ever read….why did I not think of this. TORTURE, seriously every night his eyes would fly open and it would just be back to the rocking chair.

Granted now he’s 3 and the baby, well he is all over and sleeps with a million blankets and a pillow (bad mama I know!)

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Jessica W November 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

Such a great idea! We’ve also had great night sleepers. Our trick was to keep the room very moist and warm with air flowing. My husband was a bit obsessive and I think both our kids rooms were the perfect rainforest type atmosphere. We’d run a heater, fan on low and humidifier all working together. We’d start them as we were getting them ready for bed so that by the time their sweet heads hit the bed it was perfect. This also helped with winter dryness to prevent stuffiness.

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Jessica @ This Blessed Life November 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

GREAT tip! Totally using this with my second kiddo due in January!

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Jacki November 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

We did this too, and it worked like a charm!

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Cole November 10, 2012 at 11:16 am

Mommy did this with me, too – and when she thought of it she thought she was a SUPER genius. It might have been one of her best parenting moments…

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Jess November 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

You’re a genius. The end. (Pinning now)

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Mrs. K November 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Seriously great advice! I never thought of this when C was a wee one, but if number 2 ends up being a winter baby I am so doing this!

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Jennifer @ Also Known As...the Wife November 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I think Sophia has always enjoyed the cool side of the crib but this is a genius idea. We also swaddled before feeding so we could just pop the baby burrito in bed once she was done her meal. I miss the swaddle…now it’s all legs and arms touching EVERYTHING.

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Casey November 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I love your crib! Do you mind if I ask where you got it?

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heirtoblair November 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thank you! It’s the Essex line by Munire. We bought it at a local kids furniture store.

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