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At 3 months, most babies sleep a total of 12-15 hours a day, including sleep at night and during the day.
Establishing a sleep program
All babies begin to develop a more regular sleep program around 3 months and begin to stop eating at night. This means that you should suddenly require a rigid sleep schedule at 3 or 4 months. In fact, your baby may have already developed a sleep program that suits your family. But if you want to help him sleep longer and keep more regular hours, now is the time to try some sleep training techniques. Remember that every baby has a unique development program.
Be careful how your baby reacts to this training and if it doesn't seem ready, take it a little easier and try again after a couple of weeks.
He sleeps all night long
At some point, between 3 and 6 months, most babies are able to sleep from night to morning without interruption. Although, this is not about 8 hours without interruption. Usually for them this means 5 or 6 hours in a row (some children sleep and more than that).
You may not find much if you want to sleep 8-9 hours. But it is an important moment for you and your baby that allows you to feel more rested in the morning than before.
If your baby does not sleep for another 5 or 6 hours in a row, you are not alone in this situation. Many children wake up more than once a night between 3 and 6 months to eat. But at 6 months, if not before, your baby is ready to learn not to eat at night.
Waking up again
If your baby is already sleeping for a long time at night, enjoy this. But children who have slept all night for several weeks or months may start to wake up again - so don't be surprised if you wake up again every 2 hours.
It can be very frustrating if your baby does this, but he probably has his reasons. It is likely that during this period you acquire a social conscience and wake up crying after your company.
Or he might exercise his new abilities so much that he can twist from side to side or get up, which he practices in his sleep and wakes up alone.
Methods of preparation
Establishing a healthy sleep program
Here are some tips to help your baby sleep well at this age:
Set a fixed bedtime and regular hours of sleep during the day - and respect them. When your baby was newborn, you knew it was bedtime after you started to notice signs of drowsiness (rubbing in the eyes, scratching your ear, etc.).
Now that it's a little bigger, you need to set a regular bedtime, but also sleep consistently during the day to adjust its schedule.
Some children usually fall asleep until 6 pm each evening. Others stay up until 8 o'clock or later. And of course you will influence him when you do your homework.
Choose a reasonable bedtime that fits your family's schedule and respect it as much as possible.
If you think your baby wants to stay awake after that hour, you can try the following: Energetic behavior, late night can be a sign that the baby is tired.
You can also start to set the hours of sleep during the day. Or you can just put it in the crib 2 hours after it last woke up. As long as he has so many opportunities to sleep, each approach is good.
If your baby can't fall asleep fast or sleep a bit, try to put her in bed earlier to give her some time. When he is very tired, it is very difficult for him to fall asleep and when he is asleep he cannot rest well.
Develop a routine
If you have not already done so, now is the time to create a routine. Your ritual can include any or all of the following: take a bath, change it, read a story or two, sing a swing song and kiss it good night.
Remember that babies develop beautifully when you behave consistently and that is why you should follow this routine as well as you can.
Help him grow
Wake up your baby in the morning to set an awakening time
It is good to wake him up in the morning if he sleeps more than usual, to help him adjust his waking hour. Your baby needs regular sleep and recharges energy through sleep during the day.
If you wake him up at the same time every morning you will help him get used to a program.
Encourage your child to fall asleep alone
Everyone, children or adults, wake up several times every night for short periods (from a few seconds to a few minutes). As adults, we force ourselves to fall asleep every time - and we don't even remember waking up.
The ability to fall asleep again is the secret when it comes to falling asleep all night long.
Some children seem to do this naturally. But if your baby is not, this is a skill you will need to develop.
One way to solve this problem is to put it in the crib for sleep when it is sleepy, but it wakes up.
If your baby needs more help and you think he or she is ready, you can try a more advanced training method. Your options include various "don't cry" or "cry as you need" techniques. It depends on your style and the needs of your child which of them is the best.
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