Parenting 101: Setting your Baby’s Sleep Schedule (Months 6-9)
September 19, 2014
Each child is a gift from God, and it’s rather exhilarating to hold a cute, delicate miracle in your hands. But in between all those cute photo shoots and adorable cuddling sessions are hopeless crying marathons and icky diaper changings. It’s a huge responsibility to raise a child, and one mark of proper parenting is to make sure that the little one gets all the sleep he or she needs on a comfortable layer of foam.
We’ve already laid out tips for babies 0-3 Months and 3-6 Months, so better check out the post closest to your baby’s age. But if your child is between Months 6 through 9, then you’re exactly where you need to be! So without further delay, let’s get to it! Here how you can properly set your baby’s sleep schedule:
Establish a Regular Sleeping Pattern
By now, your infant will start to be awake for longer periods of time as he or she requires less sleep than before. From 18 hours a day, your infant will now need just around 14 hours. However, he or she may sleep for possibly as long as 7 hours at a time. That’s pretty close to how an average fully-grown human being spends time asleep.
Another thing we need to talk about is naps. Morning and afternoon naps will start to become common, but the thing to remember is that you need to aid your baby to keep consistent times for bedtime and nap time. This will regulate his or her sleeping pattern. Don’t forget that part of a person’s circadian rhythm includes naps as well as bedtimes.
Keep those Bedtime Routines Consistent
If you’ve continued faithfully with those bedtime routines mentioned in the first two articles, then by no means should you stop. It’s a bedtime routine! Your baby is already used to it. Change is hard. It’s even harder than changing dirty diapers. Those routines should remain as unchanged as possible. If your consists of a diaper change, a pre-bedtime bath, dressing him or her up in pajamas, singing a lullaby, and then a kiss goodnight in that particular order, then you mustn’t change that. Changing its order might have a negative effect.
Encourage Automatic Sleep
Don’t hesitate to allow your infant to start sleeping on his or her own. This will allow your baby to sleep through the night without calling for you. Before he or she starts to show signs of sleepiness, put him or her down on the crib. Try not to let your infant become too dependent on rocking or feeding prior to falling asleep.
However, your baby may start randomly waking up during the night because of separation anxiety. That’s completely normal. Your baby may be disturbed because he or she misses you. Another cause of waking up is teething, which is a normal part of development.
From this point on, you’ll slowly regain your normal sleeping time. However, your responsibilities as a parent will not diminish. But don’t be discouraged. This is normal and it’s good for you and your family. Sweet Dreams!