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What I Learned From My Baby’s Sleep Consultant

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Jasmine Roth's baby girl Hazel sleeping in yellow onesie

Who would have thought I’d be reaching out to a baby sleep consultant? But, let’s be honest, if baby isn’t sleeping, nobody’s sleeping. So after reading and sorta implementing the plan in this book we were so pleased that around 3 months, Hazel was only waking up once each night.

12 Hours Sleep Book

But then the dreaded sleep regression came and Brett and I found ourselves up 3-4 times a night. We were so tired and with both of us back to work full-time, it wasn’t an option to be sleep deprived.

We decided to reach out to Joanna at Baby Sleep Concierge after she presented some great information to my mom’s group at New Mom School. She answered all our questions and pointed us in the right direction. Obviously, each baby is so different so consult your pediatrician and follow their advice over mine.

Once my friends (who are ALL having babies!) heard that we had talked to a sleep consultant, they wanted to hear everything. They started asking what we had learned, so I figured I would share it with you as well.

Jasmine Roth's Baby girl Hazel; baby girl in sleep sack

What I Learned from Our Baby’s Sleep Consultant

Sleep Tips for Newborn Babies

  • Once Hazel was about 6 weeks old, we stopped changing her diaper at every feeding in the middle of the night. This made a huge difference in her being able to stay in a “dream-like” state during the night and not fully waking up.
  • The other thing that worked really well with Hazel was a “dream feed.” Basically, every baby is good for one extra long sleep session (longer than 4 hours) every 24 hours. You want extended time to be when you’re sleeping as well! So if your baby goes to bed at 8pm, the dreamfeed (you can Google it for more info) is when you scoop your baby up when you go to bed around 10:30pm and feed them WHILE THEY’RE SLEEPING! Best done with a bottle, this feeding is quick and the goal is to not really wake up the baby.  Hazel did great with the dream feed and it would “restart” her sleep time, so we could get at least 4 hours uninterrupted, sometimes even longer!
  • We used a SNOO, but we also used this sleep sack that gave her “dolphin paws.” The idea behind this swaddle is that they will chew on their hands and learn to self soothe, but won’t slap themselves in the face and wake themselves up. As soon as she got old enough to roll over, we bought this sleep sack and unzipped her hands one at a time over a 1-week stretch until she could sleep with her hands out.
  • The other important thing we learned, is never to let her nap longer than 2.5 hours during the day. Again, you want to keep the long stretches of sleep for nighttime.

8-13 lb. Swaddle // 19-24 lb. Swaddle // SNOO Smart Sleeper

Sleep Tips for 3-6-Month-Old Babies

This might not be for everyone, but a food, nap, and nighttime schedule is what worked to get Hazel sleeping through the night. She actually really likes her schedule and it’s helpful for us to know when she’ll be taking her naps and when she eats. Not saying this is the only way, but this is what worked for us.

Baby eating schedule that Jasmine Roth uses

The first part of the schedule that gets put in place is the feeding. You don’t just start feeding your baby at certain times, it takes at least a week or two to strategically get your baby on a feeding schedule. I used a combo of this book and other online blogs to encourage Hazel to eat on a schedule. Once the eating is figured out, then you can focus on the nap schedule.

You guys know I could NEVER let Hazel “cry it out,” so we also followed recommendations on how to train her to nap during certain times (but for all you parents who went that route, you have more willpower than me!). And then, and only then, did we start trying to cut down the nighttime feedings. And guess what – it worked!

When she turned 6 months old, she had outgrown her bassinet and it was time for her to move to her crib.

Mattress Pad // Crib Sheet // Crib Mattress

We put her in this sleep sack, added this sound machine, and use a combo of the lollipop camera and this super inexpensive baby monitor. And guess what – she did GREAT!

Sound Machine // Lollipop Camera // Baby Monitor

Giraffe Pacifier // Pacifier Blanket // Llama Pacifier

HGTV Jasmine Roth's baby girl Hazel; baby girl in yellow onesie and sleep sack

Any of you that follow my social, know how happy Hazel is when she wakes up in the morning. And for the most part, we’re that happy too! So if you’re struggling with sleep, maybe this post helped you a little bit knowing what our baby sleep consultant had to say. Or at the very least just know that if you hang in there, you’ll sleep again – I promise!

Sweet dreams,
Jas

P.S. if you’re in that stage where your baby is starting to eat food, I just wrote about my experience with that too!

 

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5 Comments

  1. Jane Gothard

    Which sound does Hazel like best on the Hatch sound machine? We have the same one and use the TV sound for Oliver to nap and sleep. Sometimes it lulls me to sleep too when I’m sitting in his room after I put him down, or when I’m watching and listening on the baby monitor!

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  2. Bobbi Jones

    One small question………..

    WHERE WAS ALL THIS INFO WHEN I WAS PREGNANT YEARSSSSSSSSSSSSS AGO????????????
    LOL!!! 🙂

    This information is so fascinating!

    Thank you so much for sharing it,

    Bobbi

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  3. Lisa

    I love all of this info – super helpful!!! Thank you!!!

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  4. Jen

    Thank you for this! I’m at 3.5 mos now and trying to establish a day/nap schedule
    Question- would you wake Hazel from a nap in order to start setting that feeding schedule? Since naps are the last things to schedule I find they are rather inconsistent
    Also, would she use a pacifier to sleep?

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  5. Jennifer

    My first slept thru the night at 3 months. Baby #2… he’s 13 months and I still never know what to expect when I go to sleep. Like you said every baby is different, we did everything exactly the same (all the rules you mentioned), according to my pediatrician he just loves me too much and feels like he needs to see me in the middle of the night. Awww… but no. I need to see the back of my eyelids !! 🤣🤣🤣
    Great job Momma, the nights are long but the years are short!

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