Sleep Habits – Infant

Help Your Baby Sleep Well

  • At night, set up a soothing routine. Give your baby a bath, sing lullabies, read a book, or tell a story.
  • When your baby is getting sleepy, put your baby in their crib in a quiet, darkened room. This will help your baby learn to go to sleep in their crib.
  • Don’t rock your baby to sleep after about age four to six months. Rock your baby but lay the baby down to sleep while they are drowsy but still awake.
  • When your newborn wakes up, he/she will usually be hungry and need to be fed (on demand). Your baby will feed and go back to sleep easier if they are not fully crying.
  • It is usual for a baby to murmur and be restless every 50 to 60 minutes. This restlessness lasts a few minutes, and if babies are left alone, they usually fall back to sleep.
  • Settle your baby down to sleep as quickly as possible if they are not acting hungry during a nighttime feeding.
  • If your baby wakes up and doesn’t settle down, check to see if he/she is hungry or needs a diaper change. Feed or change your baby quietly. Keep the light low. Don’t play with or sing to your baby. Put him/her back in the crib as soon as you can.
  • Try to stay calm. Young children are very sensitive to a parent’s feelings of frustration.
  • Be consistent. If you change your plan for how to handle nighttime crying, make sure that you and your partner agree on it before you go to bed.

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Last updated: 2019-08-06