The Bedtime Routine – Baby Sleeping Secrets
Babies usually do not sleep through the night until they have doubled their weight, which usually happens between the ages of four and five months. A general guideline for how much sleep your baby can get every day (including naps) is as follows:
- 1 to 15 days: 16 to 22 hours of sleep
- 3 weeks: 16 to 18 hours of sleep
- 6 weeks: 15 to 16 hours of sleep
- 4 to 6 months: 14 to 16 hours of sleep
- 9 months: 13 to 16 hours of sleep
- 1 year: 12 to 15 hours of sleep
Creating a sleep schedule for your baby may be a calming and comforting part of his or her nighttime routine. As your child grows, he or she may realize that bedtime comes after bath time and will begin to relax if the bedtime routine is soothing. Here are some suggestions for creating bedtime routines:
- Begin the bedtime routine with a bath, then cuddling, singing or reading a story, eating, more cuddling, and finally bed.
- Sing to your baby before putting him or her to bed.
- Create a nightly routine by doing the same items in the same order. Your baby can remember a pre-sleep routine if you create a pattern.
- Make sure the lighting is dim and low. You want your child to understand that when it gets dark, it’s time to go to bed.
- Your baby should understand that once he or she is in bed, it is time to sleep, no matter how fun the bedtime routine has been. Allow for some fussing time.
- Establishing a bedtime routine can assist your child in understanding that it is time to sleep.