During the first year of life, your baby will spend most of her time sleeping.
Babies may sleep up to 18 hours per day, though they will only sleep for
shorter periods of about three to four hours until they get a little older
and establish a consistent nighttime sleep routine. This pediatrician
article will take a closer look at how to set up a healthy sleep regimen
for your baby so that the transition to a nighttime sleep schedule goes
smoothly later on.
Create the Right Sleep Environment
Whether your baby sleeps in her own room, a sibling’s room, or in
your room, she should have a crib or bassinet all to herself. There are
many potential dangers that can arise when infants share a crib or a baby
sleeps in the parental bed, so you should have a dedicated sleeping area
for your baby and be sure to put your baby on her back when you lay her
down to sleep. As your baby wakes in the night for feedings, be sure to
keep the lights low and retain a quiet environment during these breaks
in nightly sleep.
Look for Landmarks in Your Baby’s Sleep Development
By about four months, you should see your baby showing a preference for
longer sleep sessions at night. At five to six months in age, babies start
to tolerate longer periods of sleep of up to six hours without needing
to be fed. If your baby is not following these patterns, you should talk
to your pediatrician about your infant’s sleeping habits.
Build a Consistent Bedtime Routine
Even at just one or two months old, babies will respond positively to
a bedtime routine. You might choose to sing a bedtime song, tell a story,
or give your baby a bath each night before going to bed.
As you prepare to welcome your baby, call Lee’s Summit Physicians
Group Pediatrics at one of our three pediatric offices to schedule a
prenatal consultation in Lee’s Summit with a baby doctor. You can reach the kids doctor
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group Pediatrics at (816) 524-5600, Raintree
Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700, or Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520.