The moment you have a newborn at your home and you have not gotten at least fine night’s sleep in like forever, you might find yourself dreaming about getting your baby on a decent sleep schedule. But you need to be aware of a fact that many parents start schedule baby’s sleep quite too early and that is when they get discouraged. You should not start trying to get your little one on a schedule until he is minimum four months old, when his natural sleep rhythm is at the beginning of developing. Also, it would not be worse if you could wait till your child will be five or six months old. Every child is different, but when yours will be ready, you will probably want to know few tips. So here are some you might find useful.
Choose the most common nap spot
To encourage a sleep schedule, your baby’s naps should take place in a consistent sleep environment. The best naps occur in your little one’s crib, which, of course, should be placed in quite dark, cool room. You also might find white noise pretty helpful in blocking out daytime sounds while a mini bedtime routine.
Firstly plan the morning
Even though it is unexpected, the morning nap, not long after baby has woken up, is usually the first to stretch out into a long chunk of sleep. After a good night’s sleep, babies do better with the first nap in the morning, but do not be surprised if that nap is only about 45 minutes. And while you can shoot for an afternoon nap too, it might be quite a while before your little one is regularly taking both morning and afternoon naps.
Just when you have already got your child napping regularly in the morning, it is the time to work on stretching sleep out. Catnapping is pretty common, but you should not assume the nap is already over just because baby wakes up 35 to 40 minutes after you put him down. Take a little time to stop and listen just to see if he falls back asleep. Leaving your child in consistent sleep environment will surely help baby to understand that a certain spot and a certain time of day are for sleep precisely.
Check the time
Usually about 5 months old will need three naps a day. First one in the morning, second in the afternoon and the last one in the afternoon. When your little one will be seven or eight months, the last nap should go away and baby should be able to take nice long naps at that time. Young babies go to bed around 6 p.m. and wake up around the same time in the morning. So you should be ready for the first nap about 8 to 9 a.m.
Give them a chance
Babies to learn to take proper naps take quite some time and patience. So be sure not to give up if after a few days it feels like you are not getting anywhere. Your little one might have a great nap one day, but the next one it might seem as a disaster and you should know that it is totally normal. Do not stop giving your little one the opportunity. You will see the progression day after day, slowly, but the point is, with every day, it is going to be better. Oh, and never compare your child to the other one. Every single baby is different and every one of them reaches different sleep milestones at different times.