It's never too late to foster excellent sleep habits in a baby, and ultimately help yourself get some much needed rest as well.
- Limit the length of naps during the day.
- Use white noise.
- Follow the eat, wake, sleep cycle.
- Use a pre-nap and bedtime routines.
- Change your baby's diaper strategically…
How long does sleep regression last for?
Sleep regressions can last anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks and often coincide with cognitive or developmental milestones. Commonly sleep regressions tend to happen at 6 weeks, 3-4 months, 6 months, 8-10 months, 12 months, 18 months and 2 years old.
How do you figure out how long your baby should stay awake?
|Baby Age||Time between Naps||Nap Duration|
|Birth – 6 weeks||45 min – 1 hour||15 minutes – 4 hours|
|6 Weeks – 3 Months||1 hour – 1 hour 45 minutes||30 minutes – 2 hours|
|3 Months – 6 Months||~2 Hours||30 minutes – 2 hours|
|6 Months – 9 Months||2-3 hours||1-3 hours|
Try to be consistent, even at weekends.
- Make daytime feeds social and lively, and night-time feeds quiet and calm (Simon et al 2010).
- Give your baby the chance to fall asleep on her own.
- Set a short and simple bedtime routine from about three months .
- Start with a bath and then pop your baby into her pyjamas.
If it involves sharing the same bed as baby, most doctors say don't do it, since it can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). But you can practice safe co-sleeping if you put baby to sleep in a separate bassinet next to your bed—as opposed to in your bed. Your baby's crib should be her safe haven.
Some babies love being in the water, and giving your baby a warm bath can become a fun and relaxing ritual. That's not to say you have to bathe your baby every day. If your baby is newborn, a bath two times or three times a week is enough to keep him clean (AWHONN 2013, NHS Choices 2013).
From 2 weeks to 2 months of age, they sleep an average of 15.5-17 hours total, about 8.5-10 hours at night and six to seven hours during the day spread out over three to four naps. During the third month, babies need an average of 15 hours of sleep, 10 at night and five spread out over three daytime naps.
Practical tips for finding a no tears solution
- Establish a regular nap schedule.
- Put your baby to bed on the early side, such as 6:30 or 7 o'clock.
- Make changes slowly.
- Find a soothing bedtime routine and stick to it.
- Develop some "key words," as Pantley calls them, to signal to your child that it's time for sleep.
Here are some other ideas for encouraging your newborn to learn and play:
- Put on soothing music and hold your baby, gently swaying to the tune.
- Pick a soothing song or lullaby and softly sing it often to your baby.
- Smile, stick out your tongue, and make other expressions for your infant to study, learn, and imitate.
On average, a newborn drinks about 1.5-3 ounces (45-90 milliliters) every 2-3 hours. This amount increases as your baby grows and is able to take more at each feeding. At about 2 months, your baby may be taking 4-5 ounces (120-150 milliliters) at each feeding and the feedings may be every 3-4 hours.
Nearly all babies are able to sleep through the night by 6 months, but when they do is very different depending on the child. Some infants as young as 3 months old can snooze for six to eight hours at a stretch. Others won't sleep this long until they're 12 months old.
Dream feeding is when a baby feeds during their sleep. Dream feeds can be done equally well with babies who are breast or bottle fed. The process of dream feeding generally means that a baby who is already asleep is picked up gently from their cot, placed in their parent's arms and fed.
Most 3- to 6-month-olds sleep a total of 15 to 16 hours a day, including nighttime sleep and naps. Typically, by age 4 months or so, babies have started to develop more of a regular sleep/wake pattern and have dropped most of their night feedings.
Still, it's normal to worry that staring at a lightbulb could somehow cause vision damage. In fact, your baby is probably staring at the lights because his or her long-range eyesight is still developing (depending on the age, of course), and lights provide wonderful contrast between bright and dark.
FACT: Babies are not scared of the dark. They have nothing to base that fear on. In the womb it is dark (and noisy) and so, like other mammals, babies find the dark comforting, safe and calming. Babies do not need night-lights – any light will be stimulating and can prevent them from falling asleep or staying asleep.
Typically, the term "baby" might be used to refer to any child from birth to age 4. Newborn usually refers to babies from birth to about two months of age. Infants are babies from two months to one year old. Toddlers are babies from one year to four years of age.
Newborns should nurse 8-12 times a day for the first month; when your child gets to be 4 to 8 weeks old, he'll probably start nursing 7-9 times a day. If he's drinking formula, your baby will probably want a bottle every 2 to 3 hours at first. As your child grows, he should be able to go 3 to 4 hours without eating.
How Much Sleep Do Babies and Kids Need?
|Age||Recommended||May be appropriate|
|Newborns 0-3 months||14 to 17 hours||11 to 13 hours 18 to 19 hours|
|Infants 4-11 months||12 to 15 hours||10 to 11 hours 16 to 18 hours|
|Toddlers 1-2 years||11 to 14 hours||9 to 10 hours 15 to 16 hours|
|Preschoolers 3-5 years||10 to 13 hours||8 to 9 hours 14 hours|
Sleep training is the process of helping a baby learn to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. Some babies do this quickly and easily. But many others have trouble settling down to sleep – or getting back to sleep when they've wakened – and they need help along the way.
A dream feed is a calm, quiet feed around 10.30/11pm. It is called the dream feed as your baby is usually fast asleep and will probably take the feed with her eyes closed.
Newborns should be nursed anytime they cue hunger, but at least every 2 hours during the day and at least once during the night. Once your baby has established a good weight gain pattern (at least 4 ounces per week, for babies under 4 months), you can stop waking baby to nurse and let him set his own pattern.