X

If you found this helpful you will love our newsletter

Join lakhs of parents who find tips, articles, services and events customized to their needs.

Published in Baby on Board

10 Easy Tips For Your Baby’s Bedtime

ruqaiya khan    6 min read  Save as PDF
10 Easy Tips For Your Baby’s Bedtime

Mommies, how often are you quizzed about your baby’s sleeping habits? For many new moms, as soon as you get the bundle of joy home, or some times in the hospital itself the question about your bubba’s sleep can well give you sleepless nights. Not to forget the umpteen wails and cries – for feeds, comfort feeds, diaper changes or JLT.   

But, did you know that the road to a good night sleep for both your baby and you is quite possible? So, avoid these common mistakes to make sure you are on the right track.

 

No Preparation: Having a baby is a big change. As parents we prepare for the baby well in advance, we set aside new clothes, toys but we don’t prepare ourselves enough about his sleep need. Getting information about newborn sleep pattern can put you in control when you have to face sleepless nights.

Take the surprise element out of the situation. Be prepared by reading, attending prenatal classes or just by talking to other moms. Decide on a sleep plan and how you want your baby to sleep.

 

Support System: There is a saying that goes “it takes a village to raise a baby.” This is absolutely true, especially in the early newborn stage. Earlier the baby was taken care of by several family members—aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters and grandparents. Since we live in nuclear families this is not the case anymore. To help you in your hour of need make sure you have friends and family to rely on.  If not, get hired help it can be a nanny, cook, baby sleep consultant. Being exhausted day and night alone can cause depression.

 

Sleeping Arrangement: Do you want your baby to sleep in his own crib or are you thinking or co-sleeping (share bed with your baby). You are either sleeping in the same bed or in same room. It has its benefits.

The problem arises when the child grows up and cannot fall asleep by himself. It has gotten used to the parents sleeping near him. Asking a toddler to change his sleep habits can be very hard.

 

Rocking to Sleep: Have you heard parents say that their baby won’t go to sleep without rocking? Rocking to sleep might look harmless. You might even like doing it in the start. But soon this can become your baby’s sleep prop. Try other ways to soothe your baby like gently laying your hand on his chest, singing soft lullabies and so on.

 

Walking or using motion: Helping your baby fall asleep by walking or with the motion of a car. Such movements make them fall asleep as it mimics the way they slept in the womb. Many babies later on rely on motion for sleep. Imagine driving every night just to get your baby to sleep or walking an hour till the baby sleeps.

 

Bottle or Breast: Some babies might only get to sleep if you feed them. They have associated feeding with sleeping. Formula fed baby might demand a bottle, a breastfed baby might want to nurse. Remember to keep baby awake after every feed so they don’t associate feeding with sleeping.

 

Night feedings: In the early months night feeding is normal and is essential for growth of the baby. For a normal healthy weight baby by 6 months of age night feeding is not required. Check with your doctor regarding the babies growth and age to determine if you should continue night feeds. Many parents fear when the baby sleep long hours at night. It can make up for the feeding in the day time. At this point it is you who are waking the baby to feed as the baby does not require.

 

Lack of Routine: Routine is your best friend as a parent. It helps you to predict your baby’s mood and his sleep cues. No matter how simple or detailed you must have a daily routine. Handling things as they come can end up making you confused, frazzled and overwhelmed.

 

Consistency: Being consistent means a lot to babies. The whole world is new to your young one by providing the same environment and behaviour you make them feel safe and comfortable. Getting them to sleep at the same time every night after a good bedtime ritual gives them assurance. Similarly changing from one sleep technique to another can cause confusion and chaos. So whatever you do keep doing t regularly so your baby can follow your lead.

 

Realistic Approach: No two babies are alike they all come in this world with their own sleeping pattern. Some babies are born good sleepers while others need help. Some newborns may sleep longer and some might sleep during the day and be wide awake at night. Being realistic in your approach will help you be more patient in the hard times. Remember with your help you can teach your baby to sleep. It might take more effort and time but will happen.

 

Explore the entire collection of articles: Baby on Board 

If you are reading this article on our website and have an Android phone, please download our APP here for a more personalised experience based on your lifestage

 



Asma Sheikh

Nice information

5 months ago

Gurmeetkaur Matharu

helpful info

5 months ago

Kamalini Rao

perfectly true 👌

5 months ago

Jyoti Sharma

Hello.... My baby is 3 months 20 days old she sleeps at 4 am in the morning...... Though she is sleeping for 15-16 hours but how can I change her routine so that she sleeps early...In the afternoon she gets up at 1 pm... Due to which our whole routine is not proper

5 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Jyoti , is the baby breastfed and wats her weight . to change the routine u need to do.some changes . I need to know abt her days routine wen she is napping and her night bed time

5 months ago

Jyoti Sharma

Hi ruqaiya... My baby is on formula feed from second month..... Her routine has changed from. Last 15 days she sleeps around 4-5 am in the morning and gets up at 1-2 pm and takes feed around 10-11 am..... She takes feed after 1-2 pm and takes a quick nap for about 45 minutes then I change her clothes and make her bath at alternate days around 3 pm.... She takes nap at 3:30 till 6 pm and after that 2-3 quick naps till 1 am

5 months ago

Jyoti Sharma

Earlier she was sleeping around 1 am and get up at 10 am

5 months ago

ruqaiya khan

jyoti , as u.have mentioned the baby is formula.fed . u have not given the weight . the problem ur facing can be removed easily . Its jus u need a basic sleep plan . I can give that if I.know the.weight . can u give me ur email.so.I send the sleep plan .

5 months ago

Jyoti Sharma

Her birth weight was 2.7 kg and now its 5.8 kg.... My email id is jyotisachdeva0511@gmail.com

5 months ago

Kamalini Rao

dear ruqaiya , please provide sleeping schedule for my baby as well. he is 4.5 kgs now (was 2.3 kg during birth), and he is 2months 10 days old. I only give breast milk and nothing else. thanks in advance.. my email id is: kamalini.star@gmail.com

5 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Jyoti Sharma , Kamalini Rao I have send ur specific baby sleep plan through email do check . for further doubts do ask

5 months ago

Kamalini Rao

thanks a lot ruqaiya 😘

5 months ago

ruqaiya khan

ur welcome Kamalini Rao

5 months ago

Alifiya Karkhanawala

Hii my baby is 9 months old her weight is 6.5kg .she is taking semi solid food ,formula milk n breast milk her birth weight was 2.580 kg .she sleeps at 12 at night n gets up at 5 or 6 a.m. ?

5 months ago

vanita s

Hi ruqaiya. my daughter is 8 months old...birth weight 2.7kgs. currents weighs 7.5 kgs. She takes about 3 naps during the day totalling about 3.5 to 4 hours. She sleeps by 830 9 pm ...wakes up for a formula feed between 1130 to 1230..and after that wakes up every hour...eyes r closed n cries and finds it difficult to go back to sleep. sometimes the crying is equal to howling. pls suggest how we can help her sleep better. She's is completely formula fed and on semi solids. my email id vanita.suryakumar@gmail.com waiting to hear from you!

3 months ago

shahiba shaikh

hello..... my baby is 6 months old and his weight is 7.5 kg.... his born weight was 2.2  kg...... please share a basic sleep plan for him bcoz he sleeps at 2:30 am and wake up by 11:30 and than he sleeps at 3:00 pm..... he really don't have any timing.... and because I am alone at home who took care of him so I dnt hv any option so please help me out with his sleep plan and feed plan

3 months ago

shahiba shaikh

please send me on this mail Id ruqaiya shahibashaikh1996@gmail.com

3 months ago

Aradhana Sharma

ruquaiya, i need sleep plan for my preemie he is 7 month corrected age now, three semi solid feeds,5 milk feeds 4 bm one formula, he is weight 6.5 kg, he is screaming in midnight with joy and sleeps at 4  am , pkease help.me :( ruqaiya

3 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear shahiba shaikh,Vanita Chakrabarty ,Aradhana Sharma. I am currently on leave for a few weeks .thanku for providing ur baby information .  i will soon get back to ur baby sleep plan as soon as possible .

3 months ago

madhavi vyas

mah baby is 2 mntg old. she snt sleep at night

3 months ago

Jai shri

Hi ruqaiya ,  read the article,  so helpful.  thanks for that...,  suddenly my baby sleep plan has changed and she is awake till morning 3. me n my hubby needs to go office,  bcoz of this sudden change,  everything get colopsed.we all also sleeping in morning till 10 bcoz of lack in night sleep. please help mw to regularise her sleep. she gona complete 5 months.

3 months ago

Jenifer Rebecca

Thnq for d information Ruqaiya. my baby is 24 days old n she finds difficult to sleep at night, she keeps crying n gets too fussy i used to think dat she's got stomach  n hv applied hing paste on her naval but dint work out...can u just tell d reason for it ??? Y she finds it soo difficult only during night times to sleep??? but once she sleeps she gets up by 1 am, 3 am and 5 am for feed ...

3 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Jenifer Rebecca , how is ur baby sleeping now .

2 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Jai shri , how is ur baby sleep now

2 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear shahiba shaikh , sorry for the delay hope ur baby is sleeping well , if not give me the.current details so. I can send the sleep plan

2 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Vanita Chakrabarty , hope ur baby is sleepinh well , if not can u provide me with current info so.i can send the sleep plan

2 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Aradhana Sharma, sry for the delay . hope ur baby is sleeping well , if not give me the current details so I can send the plan.

2 months ago

Aradhana Sharma

not yet regularize ...

2 months ago

Aradhana Sharma

ruqaiya my baby is 8 month he is preemie,actual age 10 month,3 semi solif,one snack meal,5 milk feeds, plz suggest

2 months ago

ruqaiya khan

Aradhana Sharma can u give me weight plz

2 months ago

Aradhana Sharma

hi now he is 7.10 kg ruqaiya

2 months ago

ruqaiya khan

Aradhana Sharma can u give me ur email id. the sleep plan is a guide i will send u . but do inform me more abt how ur baby takes to.the plan soo we can work towards better sleep .

2 months ago

Aradhana Sharma

aradhana.shh1234@gmail.com ruqaiya

2 months ago

vanita s

ruqaiya she wakes up around 6am...sleeps at 8-815 for 45 mins. then 1130 to 1230-1...430 to 530. night sleep is most restless n challenging. she sleeps by 830-9 and wakes up many times and needs me to put her down back to sleep. sometimes she wakes up every hour. I have tried nutmeg, local herb called vekhand..nothing seems to settle her.

2 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Vanita Chakrabarty , can u give me her food times , brestfed or firmula age and current weight also . so i can understand her better

2 months ago

vanita s

ruqaiya she has milk at 8 then bfst around 1030 porridge...milk at 1130 12.....lunch around 130 2 dal rice...soup or cerelac at 4...630 7 dinner Roti or some ragi porridge with fruit...830 9 milk and then sometimes milk either at 3am or 530am. she's completely on formula

2 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear.Vanita Chakrabarty , as I have observed ur baby is well fed throughout the day . stop any night milk ur giving . at this point the night milk is causing sleep disturbance . she can sleep without the need of hunger . soo after 9 at night plz dont fed her anything till 8 in mornng. as she might be feeling indigestion dur to night fed . try to put her to sleep without the use of milk. as in pat her to.sleep

2 months ago

Jai shri

Hi ruqaiya,  my baby gona complete 6 months in few days. her sleep routine is not normal. pls advice what need to do.  as I need to join office next week, but she used to sleep at night 1 clock. day time she take 2 naps.how can i change the sleep routine..

2 months ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Jai shri, can u give me baby weight . also is baby breastfed or formula and have u started solids yet . i want to know the time she goes ti bed also wen she wakes up.wat u do to get her back to sleep

2 months ago

Pooja

Tells me how..

1 month ago

Shabnam Siddiqui

hi rukaiya my baby is 2 month one week.old and her weight is 4 kg I need to set her night sleep plan so that she sleep at night becoz from.sept I need to start my job. presently she sleep.whole day and take milk in between she is on breast feed as well as FM..bt at night she awake till.1:30 am sometime.she sleep and awake at 2 am and continuous awake till 4 am .plz advice sleep plan my mail I'd is shabnam_siddiqui1986@rediffmail

com

1 month ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Shabnam Siddiqui, ur baby is 2 month old and slightly underweight, babies of this small cannot sleep for a long stretch yet .a 4 to 6 hr stretch is the most as they want to drink milk inorder to grow. but keeping a plan next to u will help set good sleep habits. I will send u the plan soon .day night confusion is actually not ur problem . i want you to focus on baby weight gain . as the baby gains more weight the baby has a.capacity to go longer without milk that means they wake up less at night .

1 month ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Shabnam Siddiqui,  i have send the sleep plan

1 month ago

Bhrukuti Mistry

hi ruqaiya khan.. my baby is 2 months weight 4.7. birth weight 3.1 on breast feed... m baby was sleeping through the night till now.. suddenly it has changed and now how much I try she sleeps by 3-4 am.. what could be the reason...

1 month ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Bhrukuti, with the weight u have mentioned baby cud be sleeping 7 hrs continously maximum . in 2 months if she is doing.this it is an acheivement. but 12 hrs us not possible. Also her weight sud increase more for her to sleep long stretches , she might be waking up for more milk to increase her weight .it is a.growth sprut in breastfed babies. they have to fed more inorder for the growth to happen. try to frequently fed her longer during day so she is more full at night. its is normal to change sleep.patterns thus young

1 month ago

Bhrukuti Mistry

dear ruqaiya khan can u please help me with sleep plan so I can help my baby with good sleep habits.. my baby is on breastfeed.. 2 months and 7days.. her weight was 4.7 when we checked on 8th aug.. and her birth weight was 3.1..my mail id is mistrybhrukuti44@gmail.com

1 month ago

ruqaiya khan

dear Bhrukuti, I have sent to.u.the sleep.plan .

1 month ago