6 months old
Sleeping Throughout the Night:
So your baby is finally sleeping for eight or nine hours in a row, which means you hit the Holy Grail of infancy, right? Right? Then why doesn’t it feel as easy as you thought it would?
Early wake-up call
It’s a simple fact of life: Most babies are early birds, especially when they start sleeping through the night. However, there’s a difference between birds chirping and crickets singing. If your baby is up before the sunlight hits your house:
- Check your bedtime. It’s counterintuitive, but many babies sleep better when they have an early bedtime. Between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. works well for most.
- Make sure your baby is awake for about two and a half hours before bedtime. Even a five-minute car ride nap in the early evening can make bedtime harder.
- Use dark shades to keep the light out in the early morning. Babies are highly attuned to the first rays of daylight.
- When your baby starts to cry, wait for a few minutes and see if her or she falls back to sleep without your help.
- As a back up, try putting up some crib toys to occupy your baby before dragging yourself out of bed. It’s fine for your baby to play and talk to herself (even grunt and make her usual baby noises) without you for a bit.
- If your baby wakes up at 6:00 a.m., this is most likely when she’s ready to start the day. It’s painfully early for some parents, but it helps your baby regulate her daytime schedule and be ready for bed that night at 7:00 p.m.
- If co-sleeping, some babies get more sleep when in their own space. Perhaps putting your baby to bed in his or her nursery might lead to more shut-eye.
- On the other hand, maybe your baby would sleep better and longer by your side. We think the best sleeping arrangement is whichever one gets the most people the most amount of sleep.