Sleep deprivation is one of the most frequent things parents complain about -and we are sure that a least 99% of all parents may be sleep deprived to some degree. That’s why we have found the most common methods used to create sleeping habits that will help your little one sleep through the night, so you will get some much-deserved rest too!
First of all, you should know that babies have different hours of sleep depending on their age. Newborns up to three months sleep approximately 18 hours a day. This means that this will be the time where you sleep less -and not because you are staying out late! The good news is that between four and six months of age, most babies are capable of sleeping “through the night”, which generally means up to 8 to 12 full hours. This is great news for you, because you will be able to sleep more and feel well rested in the morning. Pediatricians recommend that parents begin implementing a sleeping habit for their babies at around four months, giving them a chance to develop a more regular sleeping pattern. Keep in mind that every baby has his own unique developmental timetable. The best way to know if your baby is ready to form sleeping habits is to observe how he reacts to your sleep training. If he doesn’t seem ready, slow down and try again in a few weeks.
Here are some methods you may want to try out. We have enlisted some pros and cons. Remember that no single approach works with all babies all the time (or even all the time with the same baby!). If one “sleep training method” isn’t working for your family, just drop it and take time to find and develop a nighttime parenting method that works for you! Continue reading