Establishing a Routine

Sleep needs vary from child to child and as babies get older they require less sleep and are able to stay awake for longer before tiring. Routines are beneficial for all ages. Predictability helps your baby feel safe and secure and promotes winding down for sleep. It is better to feed your baby after waking up. Babies that are fed just before sleep can come to depend on a feed to fall asleep as they get older.

Babies learn to associate certain things with winding down to sleep. Some things you can try are:

  • Warm bath before night time sleep
  • Being wrapped (link to how to wrap your baby)
  • Story time or quiet play before bed
  • Music

0-3 months

Birth to 6 weeks - average sleep can vary be-tween 12 - 20 hours per 24 hours for a new-born. Awake time may only be around 1 hour.

6 weeks to 3 months awake time is about 1 -1½ hours and sleep time is about 1½ - 2½ hours.

3- 6 months

Awake time is about 1½ - 2½ hours and sleep time is about 1½ - 2½ hours.

6- 9 months

Awake time is about 2½ - 3 hours with 2 day sleeps of about 1½ - 2 hours.

9- 12 months

Awake time is about 3 - 4 hours