When your baby is now 6 to 9 months old, the nap and bedtime hours might range from 14 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 he/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 his/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 his/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 he/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 - it's going to benefit your family and your baby.
At 6 to 9 Months, your baby is aware of the things happening around him/her, and the chances of learning the sleeping routines you established for him/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.
Keeping track of 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.
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 his/her eyes when the time to take a nap or the bedtime is coming; you should put down your baby and let him/her fall asleep. You can stay in the room, so the baby doesn’t feel separation anxiety.
If you start noticing that it takes more time for your baby to fall asleep, you should put him/her down a little bit earlier. This change in your sleeping schedule is totally fine as long as is working for your baby. When this happens, it is recommended to put your baby half an hour earlier down to sleep. Usually when this happens suddenly to a baby it is because he/she is overtired and can’t fall asleep. Using these procedures is going to help you and your baby find a balance in the sleeping process.
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