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Sleeping patterns vary by child and evolve over the first year. Most newborns sleep for about 18 hours each day and are awake for short periods every 2 to 3 hours. By 3 months, most babies sleep up to 7 to 8 hours during the night. Some need more sleep than others.
You can help your baby—and yourself—sleep better. The goal is to help your baby learn self-comfort so they can get to sleep with little help from you.
Here are some tips for bedtime.
Give your baby a bath, sing lullabies, read a book, or tell a story. These activities can help your baby relax. They also signal that it's time to sleep. Don't get your baby excited with active play right before sleep.
This will help your baby learn to go to sleep in the crib.
Rock your baby, but lay them down to sleep while they're drowsy but still awake.
Adding cereal to a bottle won't make a baby sleep through the night. Babies don't need solid foods until they are about 6 months old. Some babies may be ready for solid foods at 4 or 5 months. Ask your doctor when you can start feeding your baby solid foods.
If your baby gets too tired, it may be hard for them to get to sleep.
This helps prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Hungry cries often start with a whimper and become louder and longer. If you respond before your newborn gets upset, your newborn will feed and go back to sleep easier.
Feed or change your baby quietly. Keep the light low. Don't play with or sing to your baby. Put your baby back in the crib as soon as you can.
Young children are very sensitive to a parent's feelings of frustration.
If you change your plan for how to handle nighttime crying, make sure that other people who care for your baby agree with the plan.
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Susan C. Kim MD - PediatricsMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJohn Pope MD - Pediatrics
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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