March 1st is Baby Sleep Day, a date to celebrate healthy sleep habits and bring awareness to the importance of a good night’s sleep – not only for the little ones, but also to the whole family.
Getting your baby to sleep through the night is not easy but rest assured that you’re not alone, it’s a challenge that all parents face. In the last post, we covered the top tips and essential items to help your little one sleep through the night. Now, it’s time to tackle a few baby sleep-related questions on the mind of every parent.
When do babies sleep through the night?
When you can expect your baby to start sleeping through the night depends on several factors, including baby’s age, weight, and environment. Some babies will begin to sleep for longer periods between 4 and 6 months, but most infants start sleeping for more than an 8-hour stretch by the time they hit 9 months.
The good news? Those exhausting sleepless nights are indeed temporary, and — with a little work and a lot of patience — your baby will eventually start snoozing the entire night away.
What are the benefits of a baby bedtime routine?
Establishing a bedtime routine is the best way to encourage healthy sleep patterns. And, since babies thrive on consistency, a predictable bedtime routine helps your little one to feel relaxed, safe, and secure. The more relaxed they are, the more likely they’ll go to bed easily and fall asleep quickly.
How much sleep do babies need?
To give you a better idea of how much your baby should be sleeping, we’ve put together a handy chart below. Remember that every baby is different, and your child’s sleep patterns are likely to change as they grow and develop.
|Age||Night Time Sleep||Naps||Average Total Sleep|
|Newborn – 4 months||8 – 9 hours||7 – 9 hours||16 – 18 hours|
|4 – 12 months||9 – 10 hours||4 – 5 hours||12 – 16 hours|
|1 – 2 years||11 hours||2 – 3 hours||11 – 14 hours|
It’s never too early to foster excellent sleep habits. Start implementing these tips — and stock up on must-have baby sleep essentials — to make bedtime easier on both you and your little one!
Baby Sleep Day
This article is part of a PreciousLittleOne’s initiative for Baby Sleep Day, a date to celebrate healthy sleep habits and bring awareness to the importance of a good night’s sleep – for little ones and the whole family. If you are looking for practical baby sleeping tips and must-have essentials, read Baby Sleep Tips and Essentials.