Sleep deprivation is the ultimate form of torture and I am often asked for my Top Tips to get a baby to sleep through the night. Bearing in mind every baby and every mom is different, there is no one thing that works 100% of the time. But there are simple tips that can make all the difference:
- Bedtime routines
A bedtime routine is incredibly important. It sets your little one up to fall asleep with greater ease which is essential to prevent habits from developing. It also can help with little ones who wake 45 min to an hour after falling asleep. This is a perfect bedtime routine:
- Set bedtime for between 6 and 7pm
- Make sure your baby has an awake time a little bit longer than usual at this time of day – you may need to wake him from his last sleep of the day:
- 0-6 weeks – one hour from last nap to bedtime
- 6-17 weeks – 1 ½ hours from last nap to bedtime
- 4-6 months – 2 ¼ hours from last nap to bedtime
- 6-9 months – 2 ¾ hours from last nap to bedtime
- 9-12 months – 3 ½ hours from last nap to bedtime
- 1-2 years – 5 hours from midday nap to bedtime
- Dinner at 5pm with good protein on the menu (once on solids)
- Half a feed if your little one is hungry before bath
- Bath time 45 minutes before bedtime
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- Never leave the bedroom between bath and bedtime
- Massage with soothing smells in the cream or oil
- Gentle lullabies or white noise playing
- Feed and then to bed
- Scaffold self-soothing
Teach your baby the art of self soothing. If your baby self sooths by sucking on his hands, reaching for a ‘doodoo’ blanky or finding his dummy independently, he will sleep well at night.
- Day Sleeps:
To establish good day sleep habits follow the Awake times as set out above. This is the amount of time your baby can be happily awake before needing to be settled to sleep during the day. For instance a 6 week old can be awake for an hour before needing to be settled to sleep. By working with your baby’s natural alert periods, you will find a day sleep routine emerges naturally.