This is hands-down the most common reason why your baby is fighting sleep. Simply put, a baby becomes overtired when you miss his “sleep window” (that moment when he's drowsy enough to fall asleep fairly quickly, but not so tired that he's begun crying) and put him down for a nap or for bed too late.
Try some of these 12 jitter-free tips to take the edge off sleepiness.
- Get Up and Move Around to Feel Awake.
- Take a Nap to Take the Edge Off Sleepiness.
- Give Your Eyes a Break to Avoid Fatigue.
- Eat a Healthy Snack to Boost Energy.
- Start a Conversation to Wake Up Your Mind.
- Turn Up the Lights to Ease Fatigue.
During this time, babies need an average of 14 hours of sleep per day: At 4 months, a baby can go eight hours at night without a feeding; by 5 months, he can sleep for 10 or 11 hours straight. Babies will sleep four to five hours during the day, spread out over three naps.
Baby Nap Chart: Naps By Age
|Age||# of Naps||Total Amount of Daytime Sleep|
|0 – 11 Weeks||6-8 Naps||4-5 hours|
|3-4 Months||4-5 Naps||3-4 hours|
|5-6 Months||3-4 Naps||2.5-3.5 hours|
|7-8 Months||2-3 Naps||2-3 hours|
How do you figure out how long your baby should stay awake?
|Baby Age||Time between Naps||Nap Duration|
|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|
|9 Months – 12 Months||~3 hours||1-2 hours|
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.
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.
At three months of age a baby boy should weight about 6.4 kg, or 14.1 lbs. A female baby should weigh 5.8 kg or 12.8 lbs. These weights are concurrent with the 50th percentile weights on most doctor charts used to chart infant growth.
Here are some ideas:
- Foot Rattles With Towel Roll Under Bottom. By rolling a towel to lift the hips a bit, you may be able to help your little one see his feet with colorful socks or foot rattles on them.
- Singing, Talking, and Kissing Baby.
- Strategic Toy Placement On Baby's Activity Gym.
- A Toy On Baby's Chest.
Every baby is different, but on the whole, formula-fed babies tend to grow faster than breastfed babies in their first year. Some breastfed babies grow rapidly in their first three months, but by the time they're a year old, they tend to be leaner than formula-fed babies, and about 500g (just over 1lb) lighter.
All mothers and babies are different, and you and your baby will work out your own feeding pattern together. Don't worry about feeding your baby whenever either of you wants. You can't overfeed a breastfed baby, and your baby won't become spoilt or demanding if you feed them whenever they're hungry or need comfort.
You may not be able to overfeed a baby at the breast, but it is possible to overfeed (and overwhelm) a baby with a bottle of breastmilk. Since much of paced feeding also mimics feeding at the breast, it can also support the breastfeeding relationship and help babies transition back and forth from breast to bottle.
If the room is warmer than 85℉, 3-4 hours. Reheated breast milk should be consumed within one hour, if possible. If your baby doesn't finish the bottle, refrigerate it again within 30 minutes of your child finishing, and it can be reheated one more time. Refrigerated breast milk will stay fresh for 3-5 days.
Signs Your Baby Is Overheating. You never want your baby to be too hot! Overheating can make infants restless, cause heat rash, and raise the risk of SIDS. Of course, you should not overdress your baby or overheat the room, whether she's swaddled or not.
- Dress babies and young children in light, loose clothing (singlet and nappy, loose top).
- Regularly sponge down with lukewarm water (tepid water), or try a lukewarm bath.
- Make sure air can circulate around the bassinette or cot (remove any liners or padding).
NIH alerts caregivers to increase in SIDS risk during cold weather. Extra blankets, warm clothes, may lead to dangerous overheating. But over bundling may cause infants to overheat, increasing their risk for SIDS, according to the National Institutes of Health.
These are clinical events in which young infants may experience abrupt changes in breathing, color, or muscle tone. Common causes of ALTE include viral respiratory infections (RSV), gastroesophageal reflux disease, and seizures; however, no definite scientific evidence links ALTE as events that will lead to SIDS.
Sudden infant death syndrome is known as SIDS or crib death. It's when a baby 12 months or younger dies during sleep with no warning signs or a clear reason. Although there is no 100% way to prevent SIDS, there is a lot you can do lower your baby's risk.
Pacifier Greatly Reduces Risk of Sudden Infant Death. Pacifiers aren't just for soothing colicky babies anymore. A new study has found that use of a pacifier during sleep reduced the chances of a baby suffering from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by 90 percent.
This statistic may sound alarming, but SIDS is rare and the risk of your baby dying from it is low. Most deaths happen during the first six months of a baby's life. Infants born prematurely or with a low birthweight are at greater risk. SIDS also tends to be slightly more common in baby boys.
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.