If you’re wondering how much sleep your 6 month old baby needs and the best way to set up a routine, this article is for you!
Six months is when sleep schedule of most of the babies begin to show repeatable and predictable pattern. You can start to put them down for naps at same time every day, and they'll hopefully be sleeping through the night in their own bed by this point as well (if not, don't worry—we'll talk about that in a minute).
If you've been putting your 6 month old in a crib without any problems all along, great! But if your baby still waking up multiple times a night, it might be time for learning about sleep training techniques from experts like Gina Ford or Tracey Hogg.
Sleep training is a process of teaching your child to sleep independently, without depending on you being there. The most common way to teach this is by using the Ferber method, which involves letting your baby cry for increasingly longer periods of time before going in to soothe them until they eventually fall asleep on their own. This can be difficult for parents who struggle with their own guilt and worry about leaving their children alone when they're crying, but it's important not to let them get overtired. If you want help with sleep training or any other aspect of parenting a baby boy or girl, you are not alone. Feel free reach out to us and our team can assist you with finding right resources and support groups!
Right Time for Sleep Training
The best time to start sleep training is at around 6 months. You will be able to see a significant change in the sleeping pattern of your baby if you are consistent with the methods you have chosen.
To make things easier for both of you, follow these tips:
- Consistency is key. Make sure that every member of your family follows the same routine of going to sleep and waking up as well as other daily activities; otherwise, there might be some confusion which can lead to frustration.
- Establishing a sleep schedule is crucial when it comes to helping your baby get into good habits because they will feel safe and secure knowing what's expected of them at any given point throughout their day or night.
Important Things to Remember
6 months is a significant milestone in your baby's life. It's the age when they become more independent, confident and discover their own world. You can expect that your baby will be much more active during the day than before. They'll be crawling, pulling up on things, reaching for toys, and even taking steps if you have provided them with enough support (for example by putting them on their tummy).
Your 6-month-old should sleep through the night without a problem as long as you've established good sleeping habits from day one of his/her existence. To do so, try using an adjustable bed rail or crib wedge so that your little one won't roll over while sleeping; also make sure that they don't get too warm while sleeping in his/her crib.
Benefits of Organic Cotton fabric and Snug-fit designs
Studies have shown that babies sleep better in organic cotton clothing compared to other fabrics. Clothing made from natural fibre without chemicals allow baby's sensitive skin to breath and cause no irritation.
At night, make sure to put on your baby a snug-fit outfit. The main reason is that it keeps your baby warm, safe, comfortable, and healthy.
It is not easy to find the right outfit for a 6-month-old baby. But if you choose the right outfit for him then he will be able to perform his activities in comfort without any discomfort.
The top part of a baby's body needs extra attention as it is very sensitive and can get very easily hurt if exposed to cold air directly. They should be kept warm with proper clothing otherwise they may get sick due to anemia or low blood pressure which will reflect in their weak immune system too
Pajamas for 6 Month Old
- Choose pajamas that are soft and comfortable. Newborn babies don’t care much about style or fashion, but they do care about how their clothes feel against their skin.
- Look for pajamas that are not too loose or too tight. You want your baby to be able to move around in his/her sleep without feeling constricted by too much fabric, and you also want the baby to be protected from drafts if you live in a cold climate.
- Look for pajamas that are not too heavy or too light. If you live in a warm climate, choose lightweight cotton; if it’s colder where you live, look for thicker cotton clothes.
- Look for pajamas that are not too warm or too cold—this means finding something suitable for your home and climate! There's no point buying Fleece pajamas if your home's temperature is conditioned well!
Don't Let Your Baby Get Overtired
It's very important not to let your baby nap too long or too late, as this can affect the quality of their sleep at night. If you find that your baby tends to wake up cranky in the early evening hours, it could be because he or she is overtired and ready for bed. If your child is taking naps that are too long or late in the day, talk with his/her pediatrician about adjusting them (and perhaps even eliminating some altogether).
Your child's schedule should also take into account how much time has passed since his last nap. If he has only recently taken one, and then gets overtired from playing with friends and siblings during playtime before bedtime rolls around—it may be best if he doesn't take another one right away!
Your six month old needs between 10 to 12 hours of sleep total each day and around 8 hours at night. You can help them learn to sleep by setting a regular bedtime routine that works for you and your family, putting them to bed drowsy but awake, and using strategies like swaddling and white noise to soothe them when they wake in the night.
Your baby's sleep patterns might vary somewhat from these guidelines depending on their temperament or health concerns (like reflux). Don't worry if they don't fit into this exact schedule—just watch for signs that it's time for your baby to wake up or go back down for a nap.
If your child is still waking up at night, continue to follow the steps above to help them get back into their routine. You may need to do this for several days until they are sleeping through the night again. Once your child has started sleeping through the night, you can begin incorporating more activities to help them develop social skills and feel comfortable in their surroundings.
Going through the sleep deprivation of having a young baby is hard, but it won’t last forever! You can get your little one into a healthy sleep schedule by establishing a routine and choosing right clothes to help them feel secure. These strategies will help you and your baby both get more sleep - so hopefully, in just a few months, you can all say goodbye to the days of 3 am feedings.