Around the age of 3 to 6 months, babies sleep on average from 13 to 16 hours daily including naps and nighttime sleep. However, most of the times, when your baby is around four months old you should develop a more regular sleep/wake pattern adapted to your family routine.
If your baby is around that age and you can’t see any improvement, is time for you to start a “sleeping routine” to help your baby develop a pattern that will be beneficial for both your family and the baby. You have to keep in mind though, that every baby is different and can have a different response.
Program a regular bedtime and nap schedule:
It is really important that once you set up the sleeping schedule of your baby (which is affected by the family schedule), you stick to it. If the bedtime of your baby is at 6, but she stays up a couple of hours longer, that doesn’t mean those extra hours will be extra hours at night.
Sometimes, the extra hours she is awake is a sign of tiredness, which is going to alter your baby’s, sleeping schedule. Make sure you put your baby on a nap at the hour programmed even though she doesn’t seem to be tired.
Two hours of nap after two hours of being awake is a good way to go. If you see that your baby doesn’t wake up in the morning, you should wake her up and, if she doesn’t fall asleep at the bedtime hour, put the baby down to bed anyway.
When working on the sleeping routine, you can add different elements like singing a song to the baby, giving her a shower, tell a story, etc. This can also help your baby know when the bedtime is coming.
It is also important to wake your baby up every morning around the same time for her to track the sleeping schedule.
Train your baby to fall asleep on her own:
It is normal that babies wake up in the middle of the night every night; in fact, we all do, as adults, we wake up several times during the night for a short period, sometimes we don’t even notice it.
A great thing to learn in order for you to establish a good “sleeping training” for your baby, is to learn how to encourage your baby to sleep. If she wakes up in the middle of the night, don’t just go after the baby.
A good way to teach that to your baby is by putting her down when is drowsy but awake. This way the baby can master the skill of falling asleep alone without your help.
You can speed up the process by going to the room and stay there (without any contact with the baby) just to make a presence and for the baby not to feel alone.
It all depends on you actually, depending on your parenting style, baby´s needs, and personal beliefs. However, it is important that you work on this to make a good sleeping plan that will be beneficial for your baby and your family.
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