What is the best bedtime routine for babies?
The best bedtime routine for babies is one that keeps baby well-rested, prevents her from getting overtired, works for your family''ll learn to anticipate your baby''s drowsy but still awake. This will teach her a valuable life skill: how to fall asleep on her own. The most important ingredient of a soothing bedtime routine? Consistency.
When can I get my baby on a sleep schedule?
baby sleep 🔥how to baby sleep for No need to impose a sleep schedule on your newborn right away. After all, she has to recover from the effort of being born — and so do you! It''s closer to 5 or 6 months), if you decide to do it at all.
What is the best sleep and feeding schedule for baby?
There is no one-size-fits-all sleep and feeding schedule for babies. Babies vary in the amount of sleep they need and how often they need to eat — as well as what time they like to wake up, have their first meal, or take their nap. You may have a naturally early riser who likes to wake up before the sun and eat right away...or your baby may sleep a bit later (lucky you!) and not display hunger cues until after she''ll become familiar with her hunger and sleep cues to develop the sleep and feeding schedule that works for your family.
As a general rule of thumb: Babies between 3 and 12 months of age should be getting at least two to three hours of daytime sleep, in addition to ample sleep at night for a total of 14 to 15 hours of sleep daily. Until they''s getting enough calories during the day, "" before bed may help her sleep through the night without a snack.
Tips for getting baby on a sleep schedule
Observe your baby''s longest snooze tends to start (and remember, you''s natural drop-off time. For example, if your baby tends to sleep her longest stretch from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., aim to start fitting in a bedtime routine around 7:15 or 7:30 p.m.
Introduce new bedtime rituals slowly. Once you''s drowsy — but not actually asleep — so she gets used to falling asleep on her own, and not in your arms. It''t work for every infant, but it''s bedtime routine as needed. A little trial and error can help you figure out a bedtime routine that will continue to work for your baby — and send her off to sleep feeling safe, secure and loved as she grows. For instance, as your baby gets older, bathtime before bed may turn rowdier (once she learns to splash, there may be no stopping her!). In that case, you''s inevitable that your baby will fall asleep in her stroller or car seat sometimes, but try to be consistent with where (preferably her crib) and when your child sleeps, even for naps, starting when she''s natural sleepy times, you can make sure you both get all the rest you need.
From the What to Expect editorial team and Heidi Murkoff, author of baby sleep 👍how to baby sleep for What to Expect the the 1 last update 2020/07/05 First YearWhat to Expect the First Year. Health information on this site is based on peer-reviewed medical journals and highly respected health organizations and institutions including ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), as well as the What to Expect books by Heidi Murkoff.
- What to Expect the First Year, 3rd edition, Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel.
- American Academy of Pediatrics, Getting Your Baby to Sleep, July 2018.
- National Sleep Foundation, The Best Sleep Schedule for Babies 0-3 Months.
- WhatToExpect.com, Newborn and Baby Sleep Basics, September 2018.
- WhatToExpect.com, Sleeping Through the Night, September 2018.