Baby Sleep: 3 to 18 Months
At around 3 months, your baby will start to sleep for longer stretches at night – which means you’ll also get a little more sleep than before. Sleep rhythms begin to develop at around 6 weeks, and most babies are developmentally capable of regular sleep-wake cycles by 3 to 6 months. As your baby begins to understand the difference between night and day, it’s the perfect time to help improve their sleep-time routine.
Teach Your Baby to Soothe Themselves
The most important aspect of getting your baby to sleep through the night is to have your baby learn to soothe themselves to sleep. Put your baby down to sleep when they are drowsy but awake. Babies need to be able to fall asleep independently, so that they can self-soothe when they wake in the middle of the night.
How much sleep should my baby get?
After 3 months, babies will sleep 13 to 15 hours a day. It’s important to realise though, that every baby is different and some will need more sleep, while others need less.
How often should my baby nap?
Your baby will also need to nap from 2 to 4 times a day. Cutting back on naps won’t help at night — it can be a recipe for overtiredness and a worse night’s sleep — but avoid naps too close to bed.
What to Avoid
Make sure your baby’s night-time routine is not too long or too impractical to stick to. Avoid rocking or feeding your baby to sleep, because you may end up doing the same when your baby naturally wakes up during the night! Put your baby to bed when they are drowsy but still awake, and take turns with your partner in putting your baby to bed.
Changes in Sleep Patterns
Interestingly, your baby’s physical advances can alter sleep patterns. Many developmental milestones, such as rolling over and pulling up to stand, can temporarily upset your baby’s sleep. Don’t be discouraged if your baby, who once slept through the night, temporarily wakes up in the middle of the night. Stick to your routine to help your baby get back to a regular sleep pattern.
Good sleep is essential. Try the AVEENO® Baby 3-step routine.*
Our AVEENO® Baby 3-step routine* includes warm bath and massage, two rituals that are key to your baby’s happy healthy development. When done regularly, these rituals, combined with the cuddles of quiet time, also help your baby know that it’s time for sleep.
*Clinically proven routine helps baby fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Clinical study, tested on babies 7 months +, 1 week + use.