Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Establishing Good Sleep Habits for Babies

Newborn babies sleep a lot – but not necessarily when you want them to!  In the first few weeks a baby can sleep for up to 18 hours in a 24 hour period, but usually only for 3 – 4 hours at a time.  Therefore you can expect some sleepless nights to begin!

Once a baby is between 6 – 8 weeks they will probably sleep for shorter spells during the day and longer periods at night. But they'll still wake up to feed during the night. From around 8 weeks it is possible that your baby may sleep through the night but it is likely that they will wake up in the night for the first few months.  If your aim is to get your baby to sleep through the night then the following steps will help

- Recognise the signs that mean your baby is tired
- Teach your baby the difference between night and day
- Give baby a chance to fall asleep on their own 
- Keep to a routine

The following link provides further guidance on how to follow these steps and encourage good habits from the start….

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