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Understanding Your Baby's Sleep

Understanding Your Baby's Sleep

Many children experience difficulty sleeping, parents can help by establishing a routine for sleeping and waking, says Parents as Teachers National Center. By 6 months, most babies are starting to sleep through the night without waking, say early childhood specialists for this national parent education organization. At this age, a baby needs about 14 hours of sleep each day. Around six months, her sleep changes to become more like that of an adult, so it’s important to help your baby develop healthy sleep habits by this time. Here’s a parenting tip: prepare for bed the same way every night…with a story, a last feeding, a warm bath or a song. Put your baby in bed before she is completely asleep. Let her coo, babble or cry for a few minutes. If she awakens, give her a chance to go back to sleep on her own.

Do you know what happens when you develop a bedtime routine with your baby? He has a better chance to learn! Children function best within a routine. Bedtime rituals can relax a restless baby and ease the transition from day to night. What happens when you develop a bedtime routine with your baby? You help his brain grow!

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