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When your baby’s between six and eight weeks, it’s a good idea to get them into a sleeping routine during the day and at bedtime. It might seem early, but starting a sleep schedule as soon as you can makes things much easier – babies are just tiny people and need similar things to us! They need activity to assist their sleep, so a feed-play-sleep routine is beneficial. Five to 10 minutes of tummy time, under supervision, is ideal for a young baby, and a sleep through at this age is usually 5-6 hours.
As baby gets older, their playtime can be extended as they explore their world with increased capacity to do things. Their sleeping then begins to stretch through at night ... by the end of the first year, most babies will be sleeping approximately 8 to 9 hours. When did your baby first sleep right through? Tell us about your sleep routine secrets!
Baby sleeping patterns
Can you tell when your bub is getting tired? Common signs include them avoiding face contact when you’re talking to them; jerky arm and leg movements; face pulling and getting the grizzles. If you can’t tell just yet, don’t worry - you’re sure to pick up on it soon. Depending on the baby, you’ll start to see sleep patterns appear around 3-4 months.
What’s the difference between night and day? Your baby doesn’t know - it sleeps and feeds whenever it pleases - isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? Thankfully for mum, no! The key to getting your baby into a sleeping routine is teaching them the difference between the two. Make daytime light, bright and happy, filled with everyday noise, even while they’re napping. Then at night, keep things dark, quiet and calming. The change in atmosphere will soon help your baby tell the difference, and they’ll hopefully sleep through just about anything! How did you train your baby to sleep?
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