October 02, 2022 3 min read

Sleep promotes health in all ages, especially for newborns. Infants spend most of their time sleeping, which is crucial to their development. It might seem mysterious to new parents to figure out how their newborn sleeps. Fortunately, knowing the most appropriate newborn sleep schedule can help you ensure that your baby is getting the rest he or she needs.

Do you have a baby that wakes up multiple times during the night? Are you struggling to get them to sleep through the night? If so, you are not alone. Many parents struggle with this issue. In this blog post, we will discuss five tips that can help your baby sleep through the night.

If your newborn is sleeping less than 16 hours a day, she isn’t getting enough sleep. Newborns need about 16 to 17 hours of sleep in 24 hours. If your baby is younger than three months old, she should be sleeping 14 to 15 hours at night and taking two or three naps during the day.


To help your baby sleep through the night, follow these five tips:

An ideal environment

Creating a pleasant sleep environment for our children is the first factor we should consider when putting them to sleep. Setting the scene and sending the signal to your baby is what sets the mood for bedtime. As far as the sleep environment for your baby is concerned, I recommend the following:

  • Keep the room cool
  • Keep the room dark
  • Keep the room quiet
  • Keep the room boring 
  • Keep the room safe


Establish a bedtime routine

A bedtime routine will signal to your baby that it is time to sleep. This can include a bath, reading a book, or singing a lullaby. Introducing a bedtime for your child reduces overtiredness and encourages uninterrupted sleep throughout the night. Keeping a consistent bedtime will allow your infant to get all the sleep he or she needs as naps differ with age. Ideally, your baby should go to bed later than you do so that their bedtimes can be more closely synchronized with your own. This is entirely acceptable (and normal!). Bedtimes will advance when your child's naps change and their wake windows widen.

Here is what I recommend as ideal baby bedtimes:

  • For babies 0-8 weeks - 8-10 pm
  • For babies 8-12 weeks - 8-9 pm
  • For babies 3 months and older - 7-8 pm

Avoid Drowsiness

"Drowsy but awake" is a common phrase when discussing baby sleep. However, I recommend that babies go to bed fully awake. Therefore, it's crucial to comprehend the distinction between awake and drowsy. The road to sleep has already started for your kid if they appear the slightest bit sleepy throughout the evening routine. When your baby starts sleeping in your arms, it's likely that they'll wake up when you put them down, and you'll find yourself having to start from scratch. Or even if they do manage to sleep through the night, they'll still require your assistance to fall asleep again when they wake up on their own. Putting your baby in their cot while they are still awake will help them adjust to their sleeping environment and fall asleep on their own, enabling them to


Into bed awake

I like to use the following example to emphasize the importance of putting your infant to bed awake in addition to avoiding drowsiness. You're watching TV on your couch when you nod off and wake up in bed instead. Having no idea how you got there would make it difficult to fall asleep right away. It is the same for your child. The experience of being rocked or fed while sleeping and then waking up in their crib could be very stimulating for them. It may be difficult for infants under four months to go to sleep awake at first, but with practice it will become easier.


Be consistent

It is important to be consistent with bedtime and naptime so that your baby’s sleep schedule is regular. Studies have shown that bedtime routines encourage your child to sleep longer and reduce night awakenings. Even if you feel overwhelmed, creating a bedtime routine doesn't have to be difficult. Make an effort to spend 20 to 40 minutes every night with your child taking simply 5 or 6 steps.

 Following these tips will help your baby sleep through the night and promote his or her health. Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out our blog for more articles.


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