With a proper baby sleep schedule, you can get your baby to fall asleep easily and deeply. Browse through this article to discover how to put your baby on a sleep schedule.


Baby Sleep Schedule

Wondering whether your baby will ever sleep through the night? Are you exhausted and frustrated trying to put your baby to sleep? Trying to discover what will make your baby have peaceful and sound sleep? Well, you are not alone who’s feeling this way. You are amongst the millions of parents who face difficulties in making their babies fall asleep. But the fact is that most babies have a particular sleeping pattern problem, which tends to disturb them and, in turn, their parents. A baby, who is put on a proper sleeping schedule from birth, grows up into a healthy and punctual child. While most parents resort to different ways of getting their baby to sleep, such as rocking, cuddling, nursing, feeding, reading, singing, telling stories, and every other trick to finally find success, others throw their arms in surrender as their babies just don’t seem to fall asleep, despite trying these innumerable ways. To make things worse, they let the baby cry itself to sleep. However, you need to understand that a baby cries when it needs something and hence, leaving it alone will not help it go to sleep. By inculcating the habit of a regular and timely sleeping schedule from birth, you can ensure yourself and your baby a comfortable and peaceful good night sleep. With some useful tips, you can put your baby to sleep. Read on.
 
Baby Sleep Schedule
 
Age
Nighttime Sleep (hrs)
Daytime Sleep (hrs)
Total Sleep (hrs)
1 month
8 ½
7
15 ½
3 months
10
5
15
6 months
11
3 ¼
14 ¼
9 months
11
3
14
12 months
11 ¼
2 ½
13 ¾
18 months
11 ¼
2 ¼
13 ½
2 years
11
2
13
3 years
10 ½
1 ½
12
 
 
Create a Routine
Babies have a tendency to live on schedules and routines, especially during the initial years of their life, which develop into habits during childhood. Hence, it is significant to establish a sleeping pattern for your baby. You can begin off with giving your baby a warm bath, change clothes, and read a good book. These activities will help in signaling your baby that it is time for bed and a good sleep.
 
Set Timings
The above circumstances will help you a long way in dictating a change in your baby’s bedtime, but you must ensure that you stick to a schedule once you have established one. Eventually, with time, your baby will become accustomed to the time you take it to bed and fall asleep easily and quickly. Give it a try for few days continuously and you are sure to notice the change soon.
 
Build a Comfy Ambiance
Agreed that babies are unable to fall asleep in extremely noisy and earsplitting environment, but that does not mean they demand pin-drop silence. A too-quiet room can, in fact, make it difficult for a baby to fall asleep. You can put on some white noise machine, like a fan, running on low speed. Make sure that the temperature of the room is neither too cold nor too hot. Dress up your baby comfortably and put it to sleep in a comfortable temperature.
 
Set Up A Night Lamp
A baby night light will be highly useful, particularly in the first few months after childbirth. You will require it while changing your baby’s clothes or feeding it. However, always keep the light low and avoid talking or interacting with your baby if it breaks from its sleep in the mid of the night. Doing so will keep it awake and find interest in the conversation. Hence, avoid any kind of conversation to indicate it that it’s still night time.
 
Study Your Baby’s Signals
Unless you are aware of your baby’s cues, you will not be able to help it in establishing a proper sleeping pattern. Over a period of time, when your baby has developed the habit of falling asleep on time, it will signal you when it is tired and wants to be swaddled to sleep. For this as well, you will have to develop a habit in yourself to help it with the schedule. Therefore, notice and be attentive to its behavior.
 
Pacify Your Baby
Whenever you get the slightest indication that your baby is willing to sleep, you can soothe it, contributing to its sleep. Swaddle it into your arms while rocking or walking around the room. You can also opt to read or sing softly. When your baby gets drowsy, lay it in the crib. Alternatively, you can lay it in the crib while it is still awake, which will help it sleep on its own. 
 
With time, your baby will be able to generate preferences to get a sound and peaceful sleep. Follow its cues and you’ll be able to create a good sleeping schedule for your little joy.

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