As mums, we know that our babies need plenty of sleep but we may not realise exactly how much. The National Sleep Foundation in the US recommends that infants aged from four to 11 months should get between 12 and 15 hours’ sleep each day.
And, much as we would love most of that sleep to happen at night, waking in the night for a feed or because they are teething or feel lonely, is completely normal. Each of us will develop our own strategies for soothing wakeful babies but here are some tried and tested strategies that we swear by at Time2Sleep.
Routine is something that babies love as it provides a comforting sense of familiarity and predictability. Try to create a soothing bedtime routine, maybe involving a warm bath, lullabies, baby massage or reading them a bedtime story. By varying the night time routine from the routine for daytime naps you can help your baby to learn that night time is a time for longer sleeps.
Getting your baby off to sleep may require patience and a sense of calm. Try playing soft
music or singing. It’s not advisable to put soft toys into bed with them but placing them
where your baby can see them may provide comfort.
If your little one wakes in the night, it may be because they have separation anxiety. This is common from around six months. A short, reassuring hug and kiss can help them to know you are there but put them back into their cot quickly or crying in the night may develop into a habit. Swaddling your baby – wrapping them tightly in a blanket to mimic the feeling of being inside the womb – can help them to stay asleep.
For more great tips on getting a good night’s sleep browse our Blog categories: Live – for general lifestyle advice; Sleep – for specific information about sleeping and the conditions needed for good quality sleep; and Relax – for information to help you unwind and quieten your busy mind. Also check out our Product pages for tried and trusted products to help you sleep.