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How long does it take your baby to fall asleep

How long does it take your baby to fall asleep



Most parents with new babies are always exhausted because they’ve had another sleepless night with a baby that won’t easily fall asleep and stay asleep. What most parents don’t know is that allowing these bad sleep habits to develop will haunt you for the first few years of your child’s life.

Here are a few tips that I learned from reading various books that have helped me cope with my twins’ sleep patterns.

After six months, a typical baby should sleep about twelve hours. A one year-old should sleep fourteen hours per day. After that, nap times and the length of a baby’s sleep will decrease gradually as they get older.

When my babies were almost 12 months old, I did the following:

  1. We established a routine that makes them happy for at least 30 minutes prior to bedtime such as taking a bath, reading a book, etc. We do the same routine every night.
  2. We avoided taking the babies to mommy and daddy’s bed to avoid establishing bad habits and increasing separation anxiety.
  3. We helped the babies lose their separation anxiety before bedtime by introducing a safe toy, doll, or blanket to the crib.
  4. If the babies get off schedule for their nap, we put them down for a nap as close to the scheduled time and continue on the original schedule the next day.
  5. After 6 months of age, we put the babies to sleep without rocking. This was the hardest thing for me to do, but I quickly learned that each night, the crying gradually decreased. Trust me, by the third, fourth, and fifth days, you will not hear your baby cry. Instead, he or she will fall asleep as soon as you put them in the crib. Just make sure bedtime is always the same time every night, after 30 minutes of relaxing and winding down.
  6. Make sure the baby’s tummy is full and his or her diaper is nice and dry.

These basic tips helped me, and should help your baby develop good sleep patterns. If you feel you are losing control and your baby seems to have other issues such as sleepwalking, bedwetting or a serious case of night terrors, consult your doctor. There are many safe steps your doctor can tailor for your baby’s specific issues. In the meantime, have a good night because you deserve it.