When Will My Baby Start Sleeping Through the Night?
All new parents have one major question: When will my baby start sleeping through the night? Indeed, any parent will tell you that one of the most challenging things about parenting is the frequent nighttime trips to the baby’s room for feeding, rocking, and diaper changes.
At Seven Oaks Sleep Science, we know that parents want answers regarding their babies’ sleep independence. While it can be impossible to predict exactly when a specific child will begin sleeping through the night, here’s a general overview about baby’s sleep schedules:
The First Couple of Months…
During the first couple of months, babies will wake up multiple times throughout the night. At this age, babies are usually too young to be able to self soothe, which means that parents should not allow the child to cry for an extended period of time without being attended to.
Around Four to Six Months….
Most experts agree that around four to six months of age, most babies will begin sleeping for longer stretches throughout the night. In fact, most babies should even be able to sleep a whole twelve hours without a feed! Since this is the age when babies no longer (usually) require feeding throughout the night, it is also a great time to practice self soothing techniques, where you give your baby the chance to fall back asleep on their own during the night. However, if you think your baby is up because of a wet or dirty diaper, you should change it – leaving your baby in bed without changing them can be uncomfortable for them, and will likely make it more diffucult to return to sleep.
After Six Months of Age…
After six months of age, you can help to ensure that your baby will get a good night’s sleep–and that you will too–by helping your baby in developing really great sleep habits. Not only should you focus on nighttime independence on this age, but you should also start promoting more independence during the day, which can help your baby be able to get back to sleep on their own without you should they wake up during the right. Remember, all independence training during the day doesn’t have to be sleep-related, either. For example, a baby can select their own toys, or perhaps choose what snack they want to have. They can also explore and work on their mobility and coordination.
Get Help with Sleeping
Teaching your baby to sleep can be challenging, frustrating and anxiety-provoking. At Seven Oaks Sleep Science, our sleep specialist knows how to help your baby, and is ready to answer any questions that you may have. Please contact us today to learn more.