Baby Sleep Pattern

By | 01/12/2015

One thing every parent looks forward to is the day baby starts sleeping all night.  No more night feeds just a good six hours uninterrupted sleep.  Even though you might look forward to this, the first night baby does sleep all night you will wake up in a panic and rush to check on him.

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but you baby probably won’t sleep all night until baby sleep patternaround 6 months old.  Some babies may start sleeping through around 3 months but the average is 6 months.  When he does sleep it is important to establish sleep patterns very early on.[…..more]

Babies do need to have night feeds for awhile and in the first couple of weeks you need to wake them for these feeds.  If you want more information about night feeds click here for a really good article on the subject.

Routines are important for baby.  Things like a regular bath time, feeding baby at regular times and establishing a bedtime routine.  Some babies are harder than others to settle but perseverance on your part will win in the end.  If you establish bad patterns at an early age they are very hard to break.

Babies cry.  That is a fact of life and some mums get distressed when baby cries.  Just remember this is his only means of letting you know if there is a problem and it won’t take long for you to distinguish between  the ‘I’m hungry’ cry or  ‘I need changing’ cry or ‘I have a pain’ cry.

getting baby to sleepWhen you have fed baby and he has burped like a bricklayer, has been bathed and changed and you put him in his bed to sleep, pat and comfort and make sure he is comfortable and walk away.  If he cries let him cry for a few minutes before you go and check on him, after all he is exercising his lungs.

After a few minutes if the crying doesn’t stop go back and make sure he is clean and dry pat him and comfort him until he settles and then leave him  alone.  You may have to go back several times but eventually he will sleep.

Picking him up and nursing him to sleep is telling him at a very early age that crying has it’s rewards.  I don’t believe in letting the baby scream himself into exhaustion but I do believe a little controlled crying never hurt any baby.

To help you get started  establishing baby’s sleep patterns I have a  free ebook  available. This little 12 page booklet has helped a lot of other new mums and I am sure it will help you too.  If you would like me to send you a copy please leave a note below and I will email it to you.

There is also a digital program that will help you get you baby to sleep.

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Having a little person in the house can be exhausting but it is always rewarding.  You really can take every landmark in your baby’s life personally, after all you are the manufacturer and you deserve the credit.

Babies Are Just So Cute.Until they keep you up night after night.

 

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16 thoughts on “Baby Sleep Pattern

  1. Ankit

    Lovely article, I am a father of a 4 year old and can relate to my baby not sleeping through the night. He started sleeping through the night when he was almost 14 months old and yes we had a sleepless night checking on him every couple of hours 🙂
    I agree to the point that you should not just rush back as soon as baby cries as that sometimes leads to child learning at a very early age that crying will get him everything. Very nice article and with our second baby on the way, I really need a refresher on baby sleep patterns 🙂

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    1. Margaret Post author

      Thank you . I would love to hear from you when your new baby arrives. It is such a special time when you bring another life into the world. My very best wishes to you and your partner.

      Margaret

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  2. Sammy

    I could not agree more on how important a routine for a baby. Baby need to have a routine so that he can sleep and eat well. As a parent, if we do not set up a routine for our baby, it will confuse the baby. Imagine that when it is supposed to be time his play time and you try to put him into sleep, of course, the baby will cry and ask for people to play with him. You have given a great tip on handling a baby when the baby is crying. Can I have a copy of the ebook? Thank you for the information.

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    1. Margaret Post author

      Hi Sammy, thanks for taking the time to comment. I will email the eBook to you right now and would love to hear what you think of it and it it has helped you. Babies are lovely but they can be exhausting. My very best wishes to you.

      Thanks again

      Margaret

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  3. Emily

    hi Margaret
    As a former child psychologist I really do appreciate this post on babies’ sleep patterns. I also believe in a healthy controlled cry. In the sense that babies need to learn to self-soothe. And if mom or dad picks them up every single time, then they do not learn. Going to check in a few times shows attention and care but also does not put too much emphasis on the situation. Obviously if the baby needs to be changed or fed, that is another story. Then the needs do need to be met. But the ability to self-soothe is also an essential one to develop.

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    1. Margaret Post author

      Hi Emily,
      Thank you for commenting. I appreciate your feedback. You are right of course babies do have to learn to self-soothe but I didn’t want to give the impression that you should just leave them until the baby became really distressed. Most of this is in the little ebook I have offering so hopefully they get it right in the end.
      Thanks again
      Margaret

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  4. Lynne

    Hi Margaret

    Oh how I wish I could have had more useful information when my daughter was a baby.. she only started sleeping through at 3 YEARS old! My son that was born 2 years and 2 months after her was sleeping through long before her.

    I think it also very much depends on the baby. My two children are so different in so many ways. I might have found my daughter easier if she was the second born, but I struggled with everything. My son on the other hand just sort of arrived and slipped into our lives with ease causing no problems at all!

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    1. Margaret Post author

      Hi Lynne,
      I call that the “should have been here yesterday” syndrome. You always find what you need after you need it.
      I think you are right, my two were so different as babies. For me the daughter was really easy but my son was truly a handful.
      My son was my first and I have always blamed myself. I think it does get easier with the second one.
      Unfortunately babies don’t come with an operators manual but they probably should.
      All the best to you and your family
      Margaret

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  5. Steve

    as a man who has raised three daughters… you are ‘bang on’ the money!

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    1. Margaret Post author

      Hi Steve, great to get your comment. It is lovely to hear from a dad.
      Margaret

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  6. Carmen

    Hi Margaret, thank you for this great post! I love the simple, useful instructions you offer for new moms. As a mother of twins, I remember firsthand the importance of establishing a routine and teaching them to self-soothe early on. After feeding, training them to sleep was our utmost priority. We found that it was never too early to help them distinguish between daytime and nighttime. Since they were so used to being put down to fall asleep on their own in those first few months, they were comfortable laying quietly on their own. Inevitably, we had our share of sleep training setbacks along the way, and they would often wake in the middle of the night through their first year, but consistency was key to getting them down fairly easily at bedtime.

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    1. Margaret Post author

      Thank You Carmen. If my first baby had been twins I don’t think I would have coped. I had problems from day one. could not breast feed and back then that was almost a hanging offense and because of this the baby was hungry and unsettled. Being a mother is a huge learning curve and I was blessed to have my mother there to help me when I need help. You are right, consistency really is the key.
      My very best wishes to your lovely family for now and into the future.
      Margaret

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  7. Brendan

    Thank you for the great post. Our friend’s baby is 15 months and still not sleeping, so reading that many do from 6 months makes me think ‘what is she doing wrong’? I understand that ever child is different but from what you are saying a high percentage do sleep through from an early age. I do believe that she practices ‘controlled crying’, do you have any useful advice or maybe some tips can be found in your ebook?

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    1. Margaret Kennedy Post author

      Hi Brendon
      I am sorry to hear your friend is having so much trouble getting baby to sleep. It can be exhausting and at 15 months the baby should be sleeping. I would recommend she speak to her doctor about this to see if there is a problem. I am emailing you a copy of the ebook about ” target=”_blank”>Baby Sleep Solutions. I have read a lot of reviews on this program and they are all very positive. It is not expensive at under $18 and if it works it is worth a lot more to your friend.
      I am emailing the link to the ebook to you and I truly hope it helps get your friends baby to sleep through the night.
      I would very much like to hear the outcome and your friends thoughts on the program.
      Margaret

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  8. Vintage Home Decorations

    Thank you for the great post. Our friend’s baby is 15 months and still not sleeping, so reading that many do from 6 months makes me think ‘what is she doing wrong’? I understand that ever child is different but from what you are saying a high percentage do sleep through from an early age. I do believe that she practices ‘controlled crying’, do you have any useful advice or maybe some tips can be found in your ebook?

    Reply

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