Sleep and rest are common concerns about babies, especially newborns. You want to know why they’re sleeping all day, but they need that rest. They’ll sleep up to 20 hours a day, waking every couple of hours to feed, so don’t get too used to that rest and think you’re going to sleep for two hours, because that’s not happening.
As they turn older, one-year-olds only need about 13 to 15 hours. That’s going to gradually decrease. We want to have a bedtime routine. You start setting that at about six months old, and you want to do the same thing at about the same time of day so they know what to expect and when to go to bed.
When you put them down, you want to lay them down on their back in the crib. Back is best. That’s the best way to decrease SIDS and suffocation risk for an infant. We also want to make sure again – bedtime routine. Make sure you’re getting them down at the same time every day and make sure that you’re doing the same things so they know what to expect.
There’s no magic way to get a baby to go to bed, but these are some great tips. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call.
Babies usually develop regular sleep cycles around 6 months.
It is important to remember that babies are their own individuals, just like us, and each one has its own sleep requirement.
If you have questions or concerns, contact our office to schedule a visit so we can talk further about your baby’s sleep.