Baby Sleep

Baby Sleep

Around the 3-month mark, your baby will start to sleep for longer stretches at night. A night-time routine is important to help your baby sleep well, but also because bath time, massage and cuddle time can mean much more for your baby’s happy healthy development.

Sleep rhythms begin to develop at around 6 weeks, and most babies are developmentally capable of regular sleep-wake cycles by 3 to 6 months. As your baby begins to understand the difference between night and day, it’s the perfect time to help improve his bed time routine

Teach Your Baby to Soothe Himself

The most important aspect of getting your baby to sleep through the night is to have your baby learn to soothe himself to sleep. Put your baby down to sleep when he is drowsy but awake. Babies need to be able to fall asleep independently, so that they can self soothe when they wake in the middle of the night.

How Much Sleep Should My Baby Get?

After 3 months, babies will sleep 13 to 15 hours a day. It’s important to realize though, that every baby is different and some will need more sleep, while others need less.

How Often Should My Baby Nap?

Your baby will also need to nap from 2 to 4 times a day. Cutting back on naps won’t help at night — it can be a recipe for overtiredness and a worse night’s sleep — but avoid naps too close to bed.

What to Avoid

Make sure your baby’s bedtime routine is not too long or too impractical to stick to. Avoid rocking or feeding your baby to sleep, because you may end up doing the same when your baby naturally wakes up during the night! Put your baby to bed when he is drowsy but still awake, and take turns with your partner in putting your baby to bed.

Changes in Sleep Patterns

Interestingly, your baby’s physical advances can alter sleep patterns. Many developmental milestones, such as rolling over and pulling up to stand, can temporarily upset your baby’s sleep. Don’t be discouraged if your baby, who once slept through the night, temporarily wakes up in the middle of the night. Stick to a routine to help your baby get back to a regular sleep pattern.