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When your baby is now 6 to 9 months old, the nap and bedtime hours might range from 13 to 15 hours a day, with three or two naps during the day and the bedtime. Once your baby can sleep throughout the night, it does mean that now she is used to the sleeping schedule, Good Job!

Now, that doesn’t mean it is going to be that way for the rest of her babyhood, in fact, after some weeks or months of a straight and regular sleeping schedule, the chances are that your baby is going to go back to wake up at night several times.

The main reason to this is that your baby is going through many changes in her body and skills as well. At this age babies start to roll over, crawl, sit up, and even walk.

This is really fascinating and exciting time for your baby, so, the probabilities of your baby waking up at night to keep training these new skills, are high. It also might be because she is hungry or something else, which by that age, you should already know and recognize.

You also have to keep in mind that the baby may feel a little bit of pain due to the growth of teeth. Separation anxiety is another factor that might cause your baby to wake up at night but just by walking in the room and let your baby know you are there is more than enough.

If you haven’t established a “sleeping training” yet, you should consider starting now, and it's going to benefit your family and your baby.

Establish a bedtime routine:

At 6 to 9 Months, your baby is aware of the things happening around her, and the chances of learning the sleeping routines you established for her are greater. When the bedtime comes, try to make some ritual for the baby to know that the time to sleep is coming.

Singing a lullaby, playing with the baby, telling a story, giving a warm bath, doing some exercise routine, etc. are some of the ways you can start your routine. So, every time you start doing it (and at the same hour every day) your baby is going to learn that the time to sleep is coming.

Be consistent with your baby's schedule:

Keeping track on your baby's schedule (the time to eat, sleep, exercise, take a nap, etc.) is really important if you really want to make a change in your baby's sleeping routine.

Teach your baby to fall asleep on her own:

Many parents rock their babies in order for them to fall asleep. This is not really recommended; the way to go is by teaching your baby how to do it.

Don’t wait until your baby starts rubbing her eyes when the time to take a nap or the bedtime is coming; you want to put down your baby and let her fall asleep. You can stay in the room, so the baby doesn’t feel separation anxiety.

Put your baby down earlier:

If you start noticing that it takes more time for your baby to fall asleep, you may want to try to put her down a little bit earlier. This change in your sleeping schedule is totally fine as long as is working for your baby. 

 

Using these procedures will help you and your baby to create a balanced schedule both for awake time and for sleep times, that will benefit both you and your baby.

 


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