HOW CAN YOU ESTABLISH HEALTHY SLEEPING HABITS AT THE BABY’S FIRST YEAR?

August 09, 2017

HOW CAN YOU ESTABLISH HEALTHY SLEEPING HABITS AT THE BABY’S FIRST YEAR?

Well, if you are already a parent (congrats!), then you’ve probably noticed that babies, just like us, have individual sleeping styles which influence their and our good night sleep.

Each baby has his/her own personality, which influences their sleeping patterns. It is important to learn about your baby’s habits and see how you can help them get through the night with a good night sleep.

In the first three months of life, newborns sleep around 16 hours a day and not more than 2-4 hours at a time. Even with a newborn, you can help with the process by teaching your baby good sleeping habits and learning their patterns and behaviors. There are numerous ways to help your baby sleep better especially when you learn to detect if your baby is tired, hungry, wet, etc. Also, establishing the difference between day as activity time and night as sleeping time will help your baby with their sleep training. It is also recommended to start a bedtime routine as early as possible.

Around the age of 3 to 6 months, babies sleep on average from 13 to 16 hours daily including naps and nighttime sleep. If your baby is around this age and you can’t see any sleep improvement, it 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 and to encourage your baby to sleep.

When your baby is 6 to 9 months old, he/she will sleep 14 to 15 hours a day, with two or three naps during the day and nighttime sleep. Once your baby can sleep throughout the night, it means that now they are used to the sleep schedule you’ve established. Good Job! However, there is a chance that your baby is going to start back to waking up several times at night, mainly because they are going through many changes and might also have teething pain. If you haven’t begun “sleep training” your baby, you should consider starting now by establishing a bedtime routine. You must be consistent with your baby´s schedule and put your baby down to sleep earlier.

9 to 12 months old are the ages where babies are usually already crawling and are now trying to master standing up and even walking. It is also the time when their teeth start to grow and many other body changes begin. In fact, at this age, you should start to replace nursing with solid foods. Also, at this age, babies tend to sleep 14 hours a day with two naps a day of two hours each. If your baby hasn’t yet settled on a sleep routine that fits your family time, you can start to work on sleep training now for your family and baby to rest well. Set a regular schedule for your baby, keep a steady bedtime routine, be patient, and let your baby fall asleep on their own.

Obviously, each baby is unique. If you feel your baby doesn't seem ready, slow down and try again in a few weeks. We, as humans, all make mistakes and sometimes we ignore the signs of when the baby wants to sleep. We skip the bedtime routine, are not consistent with a sleep schedule, give up too soon, and are (Mommy and Daddy) not always on the same page...BUT we are all trying our best. With much love and care, we will continue to do our best to establish healthy habits for our babies.

Good night ALL.




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