If you’re a new parent, you might be wondering when your baby will start sleeping through the night. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Babies develop at different rates and some may start sleeping through the night sooner than others.
Babies sleep less than adults, but they sleep longer periods. The amount of time they sleep, however, varies considerably from day to day. For example, you might wake up one morning to find that your baby has slept for a full eight hours. That’s great! On another morning, though, your baby might only nod off after a few hours of crying.
When babies sleep, there are all kinds of different factors that come into play. These include things like the age of the baby, the age of the mother, what time they usually go to bed, what kind of a night they had the previous day, whether or not they had any recent illnesses, and so on.
Sleep Patterns of Newborns
Newborns sleep a lot. In fact, they’ll sleep for up to 16 hours a day. But that doesn’t mean they’ll sleep through the night. Most newborns will wake up every few hours to eat.
As your baby grows, they’ll start to sleep for longer stretches at a time. By 3 months old, most babies can sleep for 5-6 hours at a time. And by 6 months old, most babies can sleep through the night.
How do I know if my baby is getting enough sleep?
You can tell your baby is getting enough sleep if he or she:
- Is gaining weight and growing
- Is in a good mood
- Is meeting milestones
How can I help my baby sleep through the night?
There are several things you can do to help your baby sleep through the night:
- Establish a bedtime routine
- Put your baby to bed drowsy but awake
- Create a calm and comfortable sleep environment
- Don’t let your baby get overtired
- Feed your baby regularly
- Respond to your baby’s night wakings
If you are a new parent, it is important to understand your newborn’s sleep needs and to create an environment that will help your baby sleep well.
Should I let my baby cry it out?
The “cry it out” method is not recommended. This is when you let your baby cry for a set amount of time before you go to comfort them. This method can be harmful to your baby’s health and development.
If you’re struggling to get your baby to sleep through the night, talk to your GP, health visitor, or a sleep specialist.