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Baby’s Sleep Schedule

Between 3 and 6 months old, most babies start to be able to sleep longer at night time. Even though he’s learning to sleep longer on his own, your baby will probably need a little help from you to learn how to sleep through the night.

To help your baby sleep through the night…

  • Make a night-time plan or routine.
  • Get to know your baby’s signs. If he is tired, he may yawn, rub his eyes, or pull on his ear. If you listen closely, you may even notice that he has a certain type of cry that says, “I’m sleepy!”
  • Put him to bed when he’s sleepy, but still awake. This will help him learn how to put himself to sleep on his own.
  • Try to be patient. It will probably take some time and effort, but your baby will learn how to sleep on his own with a little help from you.

Get up close! Get up close. Scientists believe that babies use a kind of lip reading to figure out the language. When you sing, read, or “chat” with your baby, try to get close enough that she can see your mouth moving and making sounds. Somewhere between 8 and 18 inches away from her face is a good distance.

Q & A
Q: My baby was sleeping through the night on his own, but now he has started waking up during the night. What should I do?

A: Try to stay positive! Just like a grownup, different events can affect a baby’s sleep schedule. As babies grow, things like teething, learning to roll over or stand up, can upset the sleep pattern you’ve gotten used to. To help your baby back to his usual sleep routine, do your best to keep up with the nightly sleep schedule that you’ve made.

Sleep Routine Tips

  • Find a routine that works for you. You can give your baby a bath, then read her a story. Or you can give her a massage, then sing her a lullaby. Different nighttime routines work for different families.
  • Try to be consistent. Doing the same bedtime routine each night is important because it helps kids know what to expect. Make sure your routine is not too long, or something that will be hard to stick to.
  • Turn off the TV. The TV is loud, bright, and flashy and can make babies feel more awake at bedtime.
  • Into the crib drowsy, but awake. Try not to rock and nurse your baby to sleep. Your baby may get used to having this be part of her nightly sleep routine, and it can make it hard for her to go to sleep without you there.
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