6 months old

Sleeping Throughout the Night:

The downsides

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.

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19 thoughts on “Newborn Care: An introduction to your newborn baby’s health

  1. Maribel Riel says:

    Since its my first baby i want to learn more. Your site is a good help for a first time mom like me. Thanks

  2. pavani says:

    thanks for providing information

  3. nancy inyene bassey says:

    My baby has cough and cattarh.

  4. kamakshi says:

    my baby has cough and cold tele me home medicine

  5. Faith victor says:

    This site is very informative. I appreciate it. Thank

  6. Chitra kohli says:

    thanx

  7. damsel says:

    my baby is 10 month she’s vomiting & her stool is white & watery.is it symptom of teeting?

  8. Eme says:

    am so afraid i could be pregnant four months after birth,though i have not seen my period and my husband came into me today.cos i allowed it. Could i be pregnant?

  9. JJ says:

    Hi i dont knw much bt the stools being white cud b something to do with liver of baby bt only if its like chalk white bt hope its not that id take my lo to docters just to make sure cuz the colour of stool is a big concern and the vomiting ofcause bt hope baby gets better

  10. Mythily says:

    I was just gonna buy a pair of shoes for my 11 months old and lucky that i got to read this. Very helpful, thanks.

  11. bimal says:

    my baby is seven month old but can not sit up now what problem

  12. de dun says:

    My 6 month old is teething,she has cold and cattarh and hasn’t bn feeding well
    Am really worried

  13. madhumita rath says:

    my baby has cough &cold problem plz suggest me how to protect

  14. Tberry says:

    More enlightment on two month old baby.

  15. selamawit says:

    really good guide lines for all first time mom like me. thanks!

  16. My baby 4months and two weeks, he can roll over, pulling up, but he can’t sit without support. He can grab things and try to put in the mouth. He can only smile but not laughing, he blow bubbles a lot, yet he doesn’t recognize her name

  17. carol says:

    am a working lady and i breast feed my baby only at night but he has not yet seated yet he’s now 5 months ,what could be the problem?

  18. miriam says:

    My 4 months old baby is very active. feeds only on breast milk. Could d breast milk be the cause?

  19. jess says:

    Are you bottle or breast feeding?

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