When do Babies Sleep Through?

You have just managed to get baby to sleep and just a couple of hours later he is awake and crying again. You may wonder, then, how do I get my baby do sleep through the night, and when do babies sleep through the night?

The truth is that there is no one normal thing that you can expect for your baby’s sleep patterns. The question of When do Babies Sleep Through the night will have a different answer for each child.

Very young infants sleep a lot – around 17 hours a day – but it is all in blocks of only several hours. Your baby might start sleeping in six- or eight-hour blocks as young as several months old or not until they’re as old as a year. Most nine-month-olds sleep straight through between midnight and five in the morning.

Irregular sleep schedules are actually a necessary part of a baby’s brain development. So if you are wondering, “How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?” then there is unfortunately no way to skip the months of sleep deprivation. However, there is plenty
that you can do to encourage your baby to sleep through the night as soon as he or she is ready!

One thing that encourages babies to sleep through the night, and do it consistently, is helping them learn that daytime is awake time and nighttime is time to sleep. Give your baby plenty of interaction, light, and normal daytime noise during the day, and try to
make sure she is well fed during the daytime so she won’t be so hungry at night. Then at night, keep everything much quieter and darker, and be less playful and talkative.

Many experts recommend that by the time your baby is between eight weeks and four months old, you should start putting her to bed on her own. Put her to bed when she seems sleepy, but is still awake. This will help teach her to fall asleep on her own and is worth trying, even if you think she will probably just wake up later.

It also helps to establish a bedtime routine to get baby to sleep. This could be something like changing the diaper, turning out the lights, then singing a lullaby as you put your baby down for sleep.

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