How can you get your baby to sleep through the night? Many tired parents wonder when baby will be able to sleep more than just a couple of hours at night. Whether you just welcomed the newest addition to your family, or you are a household ready for your toddler to get acquainted with the sandman, here are some tips for helping your tiny tot to sleep through the night from sheknow.com:
How long should baby sleep?
First, it’s important to understand that if you’re waiting for the day your infant begins to rack up the Zzzzzs, know that “sleeping through the night” doesn’t always mean sleeping from bedtime until dawn. Stretches of sleep varies by age.
“By age two months you’ll notice you’re probably only waking up once or twice a night to feed,” explains David L. Hill, MD, FAAP.” “By four months of age most infants will be able to sleep around eight hours at night without waking to feed. As babies begin to take solids their sleep periods lengthen, and a 6-month-old is likely to sleep 8 to 10 hours at night.”
But, even if your baby isn’t ready to go 10-hour stretches, it’s never too early to teach your little one how they can get the most amount of shut-eye.
Daytime equals playtime
A good night’s sleep starts long before the sun sets. Help your bundle of joy keep his days and nights straight by keeping daytime stimulation going, even during naptimes. If your darling does need a diaper change in the middle of the night, try to limit interaction, keep the room dark by using a nightlight or low-wattage lamp, and minimize stimulation. It’ll help maintain the message that it’s time to sleep so he’ll be more likely to drift back to lullaby land, giving you and baby the rest you both need!