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Sleep Basics for 6 – 9 Month Olds

Sleep Basics for 6 – 9 Month Olds

Typical baby sleep schedule for this age

It must be exciting news to know that your lovely bundle is beginning to develop a pattern of sleep. It still doesn’t mean you’re off the hook and won’t be waking up at night to feed and put back to sleep but as most 6 to 9 month olds are capable of sleeping for long stretches at a time, you get to rest for longer too. Not only do most babies this age sleep about 14 to 15 hours a day, but the number of times they nap also reduces to maybe 2 a day (morning and afternoon)instead of their usual 3 or more times a day.

Why your baby may have problems staying asleep

Each child is different and some will be better sleepers than others, so you have to be prepared to handle whatever your child throws at you as regards his sleep pattern. For some reasons, some babies who used to be great sleepers suddenly start waking up at intervals during the night over a period of time or have difficulty going back to sleep. According to experts, these changes sometimes mean the child is reaching some major milestones in cognitive and motor development and it could also be your child is having separation anxiety. Waking up and not finding you may cause some distress for your child and make him not want to go back to sleep or even go to sleep at nights. Having you beside him should be able to do the trick and eventually he’ll learn to sleep alone.

Also, at this age(6-9 months) your child is probably already crawling, sitting up, standing or even trying to walk. All of these achievements makes your baby super excited and makes him want to keep trying out new skills, so he tends to wake up ready to crawl or play or do something new. Then also, the not-so-funny reason your baby wakes up could be teething pain. As you can imagine, teething pain is never a walk in the park and can affect your baby in a lot of ways, one of which can be waking up at night. So while you may not be certain for sure as to what is causing the changes, it is best to be ready to adjust your expectations and work with your baby.

When do babies start sleeping through the night?

A lot of babies are known to sleep through the night by 6 months. For some babies, it is a struggle to sleep through the night, as they still wake up at night for feedings, but not to worry though, with time, your baby should be able to sleep through and also learn (with your help) how to settle back to sleep after waking up . Night weaning and sleep training can start at this age if you are up for it. Babies this age are known to wake up at night for brief periods, not because they are hungry, but it’s just the way we are wired.

Even as adults, we wake up at times during the night but since we have mastered the art of going back to sleep almost immediately, we most times don’t remember that we woke up briefly.

Some sleep training methods can help your baby go back to sleep more easily and sleep for longer periods at night

How to help your baby sleep

There are a few tips parents have used over time to help their babies sleep. Find out which suits you and work with your child to get the desired result

The first tip is to have a bedtime routine and stick to it. You might have to experiment with different routines to know which works best. From singing a lullaby, giving your a child a night bath, to reading a bedtime story or playing a quiet game. A bedtime routine should help your child wind down and get ready to sleep and at this stage your child will really begin to participate. Make sure to do this routine in the same order and at the same time every night. A bonus point would be to keep your child on a consistent schedule on a daily basis as much as you can. Make it as predictable as possible for your child to get accustomed to. If your baby naps, eats, plays, and gets ready for bed at about the same time every day, he’ll be much more likely to fall asleep easily.

Another tip is to encourage your child to fall asleep on his own. This is the first step your baby needs to learn to be able to fall asleep on his own. Try putting him down before he nods off, so he can practice. If he cries, the next move is up to you. Do wait at least a few minutes to see if he’s really upset or just fussing a little before settling down. Also try putting him down to bed earlier than he is used to. It could be that he’s overtired and you may find having him hit the hay sooner will help him sleep more soundly.

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