When will my baby start sleeping through the night?
With a new baby, you might experience a lot of sleepless nights. Read information from CareNectar expert Shenley Seabrook on when your baby—and you—will start sleeping through the night!
When can I expect my baby to start sleeping through the night? As a new mama, I am so very tired!
This is one of the most commonly asked questions among parents and caregivers of newborns. It can seem like you will never get a good night’s rest again, but trust me, there is hope! Here is some information that will hopefully provide some encouragement.
- Typical Sleep Patterns. For the first year, most babies sleep between 12 and 18 hours per day. Newborn babies usually sleep in 3- to 4-hour stretches because they have small stomachs and need to wake to eat often. By about 3 to 6 months, you can expect most babies to sleep around 5 to 6 hours at night. As nighttime sleep increases, daytime naps will decrease in duration and frequency. Most babies will start sleeping 8-10 hours at night by the time they are between 6 and 8 months old. According to the National Sleep Foundation, around 70% to 80% of babies will consistently sleep through the night by 9 months of age. We hope this is good news for you!
- Healthy Sleep Habits. Every baby is different, but most will benefit from a few consistent sleep habits. The first is a bedtime routine. This might look like a warm bath, lotion, pajamas, a book, and a few songs. It’s also helpful to create a soothing environment. Sound machines and blackout curtains are a great way to achieve this. You will also want to research appropriate bedtimes for the age of the child and attempt to establish a consistent sleep schedule.
- Patience is Key. This is a tough one because sleep deprivation is so challenging. But it can be helpful to keep in mind that even when babies start to sleep more consistently, there are times when this can be derailed. Sleep regression, growth spurts, and illness are a few situations in which a baby’s sleep schedule can be disrupted. All you can do is try your best to remain consistent and remind yourself that this stage is temporary. Soon enough, your baby will be a teenager and you will feel like you have to send a marching band into their room to wake them up in the morning.
Meet The Expert
Shenley Seabrook is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works primarily with children and adolescents in a private practice setting. She is also a foster parent and lives with her husband and daughter in Indiana. Shenley recently wrote her first children’s book, We Have the Same Heart, which celebrates diversity, inclusion, and community service.