Baby Care 101: Basic Sleep Guide
Getting your infant child fall asleep and stay asleep is one of the most challenging tasks of parenting. Every parent goes through this stage. Even if you buy the most comfortable baby clothes in Malaysia, some kids just don’t want to stay asleep.
So, how can you help your little one establish a good sleeping pattern? Establish a consistent baby bedtime routine. Her sleeping habits will improve as she gets older, but now, try your best to stick to a consistent routine.
Baby sleep patterns are crucial in the first 12 months of life.
At 0 to 3 Months…
In general, newborn infants have very late sleeping routines. This can be frustrating for first-time parents! At this stage, it’s uncommon for them to have a long sleeping period. Take note of the hours between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., aka the witching hours.
At 3 to 6 Months…
This is the perfect time to teach your child to sleep in the crib. This article is not suggesting that your kid needs to sleep in the crib the moment she turns 3 months. It’s just that, this time period is the easiest window to encourage this change.
At 6 to 9 Months…
These two circumstances happen during this stage:
1. Things are getting better. This means that she is getting longer, predictable naps. You re also down to 0 to 1 feedings each evening. You can now go out, and have some leisure time without worrying too much.
2. Things are getting worse. The baby is getting shorter and unpredictable naps. Bedtime is still a dreaded chore.
At 9 to 12 Months…
For parents, this is the last stage of the race. Are you ready to be the parent of a toddler? Your child is no longer a screaming mess of blowout poops and short naps. She is now laughing and smiling, and most importantly, getting longer, better sleep.