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    Establishing Good Sleep Habits in Babies: An Age-by-age Guide
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    07 October 2014

    Establishing Good Sleep Habits in Babies: An Age-by-age Guide

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    Sleep Concerns
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    Keeping your baby’s nursery bright and airy during the day time, and making it dark and cosy during the night time, can be a useful practice for establishing potential sleep patterns for your baby.

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    If you are a new parent, you probably might have realized how sleep deprived you have become of late. You are probably more exhausted than ever and looking forward to grab those few winks while your baby is asleep. Understanding the sleep pattern of your little one would help you to establish good sleep habits in the course of time, so that both you and your baby are more relaxed, happy and have more hours to play and discover new things about each other.

    The table below will guide you about the agewise sleep patterns of babies as they become older:


    Age-wise Sleep Patterns for Babies

    Sleep pattern for 0-3 months old baby:

    • You can expect your newborn to be asleep for about 18 hours over the course of 24 hours.
    • Not more than 3-4 hours of sleep at a time (day or night) .
    • Light, disturbed sleep with more time on Rapid Eye Movement (REM).

    Sleep pattern for 3-6 months old baby:

    • Now, your baby may sleep for 15 hours over the course of 24 hours.
    • Your baby can sleep for 10 hours at a stretch during night time with three naps during day time.
    • Deeper, more restful sleep

    Sleep pattern for 6-9 months old baby:

    • Your baby needs about 13 hours of sleep a day.
    • Your baby can sleep for 7-10 hours at a stretch and can settle to sleep, after brief spells of waking up.
    • The morning nap and the afternoon nap become more consistent in duration, lasting for 1.5 hours each.

    Sleep pattern for 9-12 months old baby:

    • Between 9 and 12 months, your baby may sleep for about 12 hours.
    • The entire sleep is during night time with very short naps during day time.

    Sleep pattern for 12-18 months old baby:

    • Now, your baby is officially a toddler. He still needs about 12 hours of sleep a day.
    • The entire sleep is during night time with very short naps during day time.

    Sleep pattern for 18-24 months old baby:

    • Your baby needs about 10-12 hours of sleep.
    • The entire sleep is during night time.
    • Your baby may be taking a two-hour nap every day.
    The sleep pattern stabilizes between 9-24 months of age. At this stage, your little one will tend to fall into a consistent sleep pattern, waking up briefly during night to fall asleep almost immediately.

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    Follow these tips to establish a good sleep routine as your little one grows:

    Tips to establish a good sleep routine

    Sleep Routine for 0-3 months old Babies

    • Look out for signs of tiredness: If your baby is feeling tired, he would all at once begin rubbing his eyes, whine at the slightest provocation, start staring blankly into the space, become very quiet and lose all interest in play. He might also look away from people and bury his head in your chest.
    • Make a distinction between his day and night activities: Play, chat and sing with him during day time. At this time, keep his nursery airy and bright, expose him to routine sounds like the whirring of the washing machine, radio, etc. Also let him not sleep during feeds, and wake him gently if he nods off. During nights, make his nursery cosy and quiet. Do not chat with him during his feeds.
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    Sleep Routine for 3-6 months old Babies:

    At this age, your little one will transition to sleeping in her own cot. While the frequent bouts of waking up would slowly start becoming a thing of the past, you can follow these rules to establish a good sleep pattern:
    • Give him a warm bubbly bath just before bedtime
    • Let him play quietly on his own
    • Read out a bedtime story in soothing tones
    • Sing him a lullaby
    • Massage him gently
    • Kiss him goodnight

    Sleep Routine for 6-9 months old Babies:

    At this stage, your baby will start developing separation anxiety. Other milestones like teething, learning to sit / crawl, might make your little one averse to sleep. Hence, continue with the bedtime routine which you started at 3 months of age and stick to it. In addition to bubble baths, massages, lullabies and good night kisses, this is the time to teach your little one to sleep on his own. You can do this by avoiding activities like rocking and feeding him to sleep. Also make sure to leave the room once you kiss him goodnight.

    Sleep Routine for 9-18 months old Babies:

    Continue with the same routine with which you started earlier. However, do watch out for the pangs of separation anxiety. Make yourself flexible and be ready to soothe your baby’s fears in a firm, and reassuring way.

    Sleep Routine for 18-24 months old Babies:

    At this age, your little one will be walking with confident strides. This is the age to teach your little one to settle down, by cuddling with a soft toy or a blanket. Let your child not depend on external conditions like music, or a bottle of milk to go to sleep. Gradually make the entire process of sleeping as independent as possible, by continuing with the routine which you had set for him in the beginning. However, ask for his choices with regards to matters like the story he wants to be read, the toy he wants to take to bed, etc. Nothing is more blissful than watching your little one curl his tiny fingers and going to sleep. However, establishing a schedule and adding a little bit of discipline to it, would ensure that as a caregiver or a parent, you also wouldn’t miss out on all those hours of sleep.

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