Sleeping 'through the night'

Q: How can we get our son, 4 months old, to sleep through the night? He’s still getting up every three hours.

A: Infant sleep training has many notable gurus, Dr. Sears and Dr. Ferber, to name a few, who have devised methods to encourage sleep. 

The most important thing to recognize is that every baby is different and every parent has different tolerances for sleep training. 

The key is setting sleep up for success from the very beginning: Create a bedtime routine that’s quieting and calming with feeding or gentle rocking. Lay your infant down on his back, in his crib, before he’s completely asleep. 

This will help him develop the skills needed to put himself to sleep. 

Have realistic expectations for your infant. Many 4-month-old infants don’t sleep through the night. 

Often, with the introduction of solids at 6 months of age, parents can expect longer sleep periods.