My 7-month-old is less than a stellar sleeper. She often wakes up crying out at least two times, sometimes up to five. My other three children slept very well after the initial three months of nightly feedings.
Needless to say I was spoiled.
Over the past ten years of mothering I’ve heard countless stories of exhausted mamas trying to get their sweet babes to sleep.
I knew how blessed I was with all three of my children hitting the pillow and rarely waking. They still sleep around 11 hours each night.
So what do I do know that I have Anna who can’t sleep without a paci and wakes often for whatever reason?
A Prayer For When Your Baby Won’t Sleep
My baby wakes often throughout the night, and I struggle during my day because I am up with her.
Please help her little body get the rest it needs. Please turn her mind off, and help her become calm.
Lord, I pray that you will give us both supernatural rest and relaxation each night while we sleep.
I pray my baby develops the sacred pattern of sleep she will need her whole life.
I believe you have all of this under control, and I trust your power, and I know you want what’s best for her.
In Jesus’ Name,
Here is where I share.
After the birth of a child, each mother is very strongfor him is going through, and her main desire is that the child has a sound sleep, was healthy and happy. Even if the baby is fast asleep, I want his dreams to be pleasant and cause only positive emotions. In the appeal of good dreams for the child, you can use various prayers.
- 1 Types of prayers for a good sleep in a child
- 2 Prayer for the child to sleep better
- 3 Prayer for a good child’s sleep Angel to the Guardian of a child
- 4 Prayer for the child to sleep well at night, Matrona
- 5 Prayer for the improvement of children’s sleep, addressed to the seven holy Ephesian youths
- 6 Prayer for a quiet child’s sleep, addressed to the Theotokos and the Lord God
- 7 Prayer Reading for Improving Children’s Sleep
- 8 Reading a prayer, devised alone
- 9 How to make babies sleep
- 10 How do you put your baby to sleep?
- 11 YOUR TURN!
Types of prayers for a good sleep in a child
What prayers will help the newbornthe baby slept well? It is worth noting that to date there are ten appeals to the Almighty, which are really considered to be the most effective for a quiet night for a baby. Under a good dream, it means that he will be strong, and dreams are colorful and kind.
Such prayers include:
- Prayer addressed to the seven holy Ephesian boys.
- Parents pray for the blessing of their children.
- A prayer addressed directly to the Angel of the Child’s Guardian.
- Prayer for the upbringing of children.
- Mother’s prayer aimed at blessing her child.
- Prayer for children.
- A prayer-petition for the healing of a child’s illness.
- Classical Prayer “Our Father”.
- Mother’s prayer about her children.
- Prayer addressed to the Matron.
As a rule, young children are very susceptible tovarious noise, so even a dog bark in the yard can wake up the crumbs. To strengthen the sleep of children, you can read some of these prayers. In addition to the above, there is one prayer aimed directly at ensuring that the baby sleeps better.
Prayer for the child to sleep better
There are many reasons whya small child can not fall asleep – noise, colic, teeth and other are being cut. Accordingly, if the child does not sleep, then the parents do not sleep, because it is simply impossible not to pay attention to the suffering of their own crumbs. Usually, if a baby has insomnia, he is immediately taken to the doctor, but there are situations when the doctor says that the child is absolutely healthy, just his sleep is hampered by some external factor. In this situation, the only salvation from insomnia for the child is prayer.
Prayer for the child to sleep better, reads as follows:
- “Jesus, Son of God, bless, sanctify, keep my child by the power of your life-giving Cross.”
After pronouncing these words, you need to cross the child. It is worth noting that prayer becomes more effective if the child is already baptized.
Prayer for a good child’s sleep Angel to the Guardian of a child
Some people believe that every personsince the birth there is an Angel Guardian. Therefore, if there are any problems with the child – illness, insomnia, it is best to seek help from the Guardian Angel. Some people associate this with the fact that God is one at all and simply unable to help everyone, but the Guardian Angel is responsible for only one person, so it is more likely that he will help.
Prayer to the Angel The guardian of the child, in order to sleep well, reads as follows:
- “Divine Angel, Guardian of my child (the name of the baby is indicated), hide it with your shield from the demon arrows, from the sugary seducer, save his heart clean and bright. Amen”.
The ideal option is if the child independently reads a prayer to the Guardian Angel.
Prayer for the child to sleep better, his Guardian angel from his own mouth should sound like this:
- “My protector, my Guardian Angel. Do not leave me in difficult moments, save me from evil and envious people. Hide me from hating people. Save me from the evil eye and spoilage. Have mercy on me. Amen”.
According to church officials, a prayer that sounds from the mouth of a child will have more power than it is from the mouth of the mother of the baby to the Angel of the Guardian.
Prayer for the child to sleep well at night, Matrona
According to the opinion of a large number of priests,if you have any problems with the health of the child (including the appearance of insomnia), you should immediately pray to St. Matrona. It is she who is considered to be a helper for a large number of questions. To enhance the effect of prayer, it is recommended to buy at least a small icon with the face of this Saint. And to protect your child from a bad eye, it is recommended to sew a piece of incense in his clothes, which will need to be changed periodically.
If the mother begins to observe the child’s problems with sleep, then you need to turn to the Holy Matrona with the following words:
- “Holy Matrona! I ask you, I conjure with all the maternal love, ask the Lord to give health to his slave (the name of the child is indicated). I ask you, Holy Matrona, do not be angry with me, but help me. Ask the Lord to give my child (the name of the child is indicated) strong health. Relieved of various ailments both in the body and in the soul. Take all kinds of diseases from his body. I ask, forgive me for all my sins as they were created according to my will, so they were not created according to my will. Say a prayer to the Lord about the health of my child (the name of the child is indicated). Only you, Holy Matron, can save my child from suffering. I’m hoping for you. Amen”.
Prayer for the improvement of children’s sleep, addressed to the seven holy Ephesian youths
Another effective prayer is for the child to sleep better, addressed to the seven holy Ephesian youths.
The words of prayer, as a rule, are pronounced by the mother, and sound as follows:
- “Oh, holy Ephesian children, praise to you and allThe Universe! Look from the heights of heaven to us, people who persistently honor your memory, and especially look at our children. Save them from disease, heal their bodies and souls. Keep their souls clean. We worship your holy icon, and we also sincerely love the Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen”.
Prayer for a quiet child’s sleep, addressed to the Theotokos and the Lord God
When a child has a knocked down schedule, andit is he who sleeps in the daytime, and not at night, then it is necessary to do something. To go to doctors is expensive, and they are unlikely to help in this situation. The best option is to cope on their own. Help in this case, the prayer for the night before the Mother of God and the Lord God. Prayer sounds like this:
- “Lord God, show your mercy on the childmy (name), save the child under his banner, hide from various temptations, drive away various enemies from him, close their evil eyes and ears, give them humility and kindness. Lord, we are all your creatures, please, save my child (the name is indicated), make him repent if there are sins with him. Save my child, Lord, let him understand his word, guide him to the right path. Thank you, Lord. “
This prayer for a child’s sleep helps not only to cope with the problem of insomnia in him, but also aims to save the purity of the child’s soul in adulthood.
Prayer Reading for Improving Children’s Sleep
Prayer for the night the child must beread from memory, if you do not know the words, address to the saints or to the Lord, then you can not wait for them from the ambulance (fast help comes only to sincere believers). During the pronunciation of the treatment you need to be in a calm emotional state and you need to constantly think about what you want to receive. If, at the time of the pronunciation of the prayer, a person does not really believe in the result, then it is better to postpone her utterance at a later time.
Required for assistance in improvingchildren’s dreams you need to ask for forgiveness for all your sins. This is due to the fact that between the mother and child stretches a thin thread, and therefore all the sins of the parent are reflected on the baby. If, when praying, the mother of a child sincerely repents of all her sins and mistakes, then the petition will necessarily respond.
Prayer for the night before going to sleep should be pronounced in a whisper and in the ear of the child. Such words can save a child from negatively colored dreams.
Reading a prayer, devised alone
It is important to note that when you address the Lord orother saints are not words, but sincerity. Prayer for sleeping a child can sound in your own words, most importantly, with faith and with all your heart. You do not have to be pretentious words, just state the request, repent of your sins and thank the Lord for listening to you.
It seems like it would be simple, but I remember being clueless when my baby was first born. How do you hold a baby or, (gasp!) change a diaper? How do you feed a baby? And, yes, how do you get or put your baby to sleep at night? This article will be a simple guide to this way-more-complicated-than-you-thought task a new parent has to figure out: How to put your baby to sleep.
When your baby is first born, you actually marvel at how instinctual it is, in a way. At first, most of us probably flail a bit until you realize the car or walking your baby around starts to soothe him. Or, woah, when I breastfeed him, he just falls right to sleep! Or, pop in the pacifier and he sucks a bit and off to sleep my baby goes. How easy! Hopefully…
What many people don’t realize is that in the near future, you may find that the very thing that was instinctual now takes way too long (I’m talking hours, not 10 minutes) or you’re up way too many times per night (I mean every 2 hours, not once a night). After all, your baby won’t sleep and it’s your fault (not in a bad way). Months down the line you may still be wondering, when will my baby sleep through the night? It varies, just like our babies, but it doesn’t hurt to try to follow these steps on how to put your baby to sleep and try to avoid the many pitfalls many of us fall into, from the very beginning.
How to make babies sleep
1. Time your baby’s sleep right
2. Tell your baby it’s time to sleep3. Cue your baby it’s time to sleep4. Soothe your baby, but NOT to sleep5. Watch for drowsy, but awake6. Lay your baby down to sleep
1. Time your baby’s sleep right
When your baby is a newborn, watch for sleepy cues (yawning, staring off in space, but before cranky!), and when your baby is older (around 6+ months), you may want to follow a sleep schedule (even if it’s not a rigid sleep schedule). If your baby is too over-tired, that generally works against you, even though you think it might be opposite (I heard many times “Keep him up and he’ll sleep at night.” Seriously? That made it worse!).
2. Tell your baby it’s time to sleep
Don’t underestimate your baby and believe he won’t be able to understand you from a young age. Sure, your newborn might not understand much, but say the same key phrase over and over for 6 months? 10 months? He’ll know. So, talk to your baby and tell your baby “Time to go to sleep. Night night. I love you,” or something similar, and always use the same phrase right before sleep.
3. Cue your baby it’s time to sleep
Start a bedtime or nap time routine. The value of a routine is that your baby will begin to anticipate sleep and begin to relax before you even finish it. The content of your routine isn’t as important as your consistency of using it. If you can’t do a bath every night, that’s okay. With younger babies, the routine can be very simple: Draw the blinds/curtains, read 1 or 2 books, diaper, pajamas, and turn on music or white noise. Always in the same order. We made our LeapFrog Baby Tad an integral part of our routine and once I turned the music on, I saw a yawn and droopy eyes. It didn’t happen the first time, it was the consistency of using him as my cue that mommy would leave after the music was over. As your baby grows older, the routine doesn’t necessarily get more complicated, but it does start to take longer, so don’t make it too many steps.
4. Soothe your baby, but NOT to sleep
After your routine, you will want to soothe your baby to be relaxed and sleepy. Different babies respond to different soothing methods. Many/most babies tend to like some type of movement like when they were in your womb. They may like being bounced, rocked, or walked around the room (in arms or the stroller). My eldest son not only liked movement, but it had to be pretty strong movement. None of this Level 1 in-the-swing type of movement. No, he had to be on Level 8 or so. Yeah we got jokes he would get “drunk” with all the movement but that’s the only thing that worked when he was young! 😀 Experiment with what works best for YOUR baby. What worked for your friend may or may not work for you. This is often the step when you’d also feed your baby, but just NOT all the way to sleep!
5. Watch for drowsy, but awake
This is the MOST important part! Ideally, you will put your baby down in his bassinet or crib or your bed (for safety, consider a co-sleeper!), if you are co-sleeping, while he is still awake. You want to soothe him, but NOT all the way to sleep as that’s what leads to sleep associations. Unfortunately, for some babies this is a magic trick to find the point your baby is sleepy, still awake, and doesn’t scream his head off once you lay him down. Finding the perfect point of drowsy, but awake can take some practice, so be patient with yourself if you don’t get it right the first few times you try it. Keep trying. And, if your baby is very young, honestly, it might not work!! Only some babies can “self-soothe” from a very young age. My boys were SCREAMERS, so they simply could NOT do this step until I taught them how, but not until they were about 4 months old (and some need closer to 6 months).
6. Lay your baby down to sleep
Lay your baby down to fall asleep on her BACK for the first year, as recommended by the AAP (download a SIDS safe sleep brochure by clicking here). Your baby will likely sleep on his tummy, as he gets older. For young babies, you may need to soothe your baby all the way to sleep as I mentioned above, but ideally, your baby will be semi-awake and fall asleep on her own. This will limit further sleep problems down the line. If your baby is older, this is when you’d teach her how to fall asleep on her own without you helping her all the way to sleep. Helping her all the way to sleep is the same as trying to walk for her. She may learn eventually, but it will take longer if she doesn’t try (and fail) for herself. It takes practice, practice, and practice!
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How do you put your baby to sleep?
Looking for scriptures to pray over your baby? Start with these 5 verses and prayers to bless your child with God’s truth.I entered into motherhood not under the best circumstances. I was seventeen and a senior in high school, and my life had turned upside down. Yet it was during that pregnancy that I gave my heart to Jesus. I didn’t know much, but I knew one thing. . .I knew that prayer and knowing God’s Word would make a difference in my child’s future.
Have you thought about praying for your baby but you don’t know where to start? Here are some verses to pray.
1. A Prayer of Dedication. The Bible shares a story of Hannah who prayed for a child and God gave her a son. With a heart full of thankfulness, Hannah dedicated her son to the Lord.
1 Samuel 1:26-28 says,
‘Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.’ And she worshiped the Lord there.
Each of us can pray the same, “Lord, for my child’s whole life I give him over to you.” This doesn’t have to be done in a formal way. Instead, as we dress our baby for the day we can pray to God, stating that we are giving him to the Lord for that day—and for his life. Just imagine what God can do with that prayer!
2. A Prayer of Focus. As our children grow there will be so many things that seem important, but truly the most important part of raising kids is to teach them to love God and love others.
Luke 10:27 says, He answered,
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
A simple prayer to prayer is, “Lord, help my child to love you with all her heart, soul, strength and mind and love others as much as herself. May this be the focus of my child’s life.”
3. A Prayer for Sweet Sleep. If there is one thing tired mamas want most for their babies it’s sweet sleep!
Proverbs 3:24 says,
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Sleep is needed for our babies to grow and stay healthy. “Lord, I pray for my baby to have sweet sleep,” is a beautiful and simple prayer to pray. And it’s alright to pray for sweet sleep for ourselves, too!
4. A Prayer for a Teachable Heart. When you look at your sweet little baby, it may seem hard to believe that someday your child will be stubborn and willful. While it’s important to raise children who are willing to be taught by us, even more is for your child to have a teachable heart when it comes to God’s Word.
Isaiah 54:13 says,
All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.
When a child is willing to read God’s Word—and willing to be taught by the Lord—everything will change. “Lord, I pray my baby will grow to have a teachable heart and be willing to be taught by you.”
This is a prayer you can continue to pray through the years, and with God’s grace your child will have peace in his future as he learns to make good choices.
5. A Prayer for Trusting in God’s Presence. When our babies are small it’s hard to imagine a time when we won’t be there for them. Thankfully even when we’re not there God will be.
Isaiah 51:10 says,
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
When your child grows to trust in God’s presence she will learn to turn to God during times of fear or worry. A simple prayer is, “Lord, I pray that my child will not grow with fears, but will instead understand that you are God and you will strength her with your righteous right hand.”
All these prayers are so important. Equally important is teaching our kids God’s truth even during their baby years. I love the God’s Little Ones board books.
Noah’s Noisy Friends, God Loves You, Little One and My First Bible Words are great ways to introduce your baby to God’s Truth. Knowing God’s truth, along with your prayers, will lead your baby to knowing the One who matters most!
What special prayers are you praying over your baby?
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published more than fifty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.