How to create a sleep routine for your baby

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- Creating a good sleep routine is important for your baby.  Infants actually require 14-16 hours of sleep per day and sometimes more!  Though you’re wishing for a blissful few moments of sleep yourself here’s some important sleep info for your baby.

By the time your baby is six months old you’ll want to establish a morning and afternoon nap routine.  Though baby won’t go down at the exact same time every day, the more you can have them in a routine and stick to a schedule the better.

 

You’ll start to notice their patterns evolving and be more in tune with their non-verbal cues that signal they are ready for a nap.  Watch for eye rubbing, crying and fussy behavior.

Mother kissing newborn baby holding in hand, white

If your baby is fussy when you put them down it’s important to experiment with different strategies through the stages.  Maybe they need a lullaby, a white noise machine or reading a book.  If you bathe your child in the morning, create a routine of playtime, breakfast, bath and nap.  Remember just because something works now you may need to switch it up at the next phase.

They’ll continue on their morning and afternoon nap schedule until they are almost 18 months old. Creating a good nap routine will help your child from becoming over-tired and will give you a much needed break.

Kidshealth.org provides some great insights to how much sleep your baby needs based on their age.

How much sleep does my baby need

 

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