Many experts in parenting believe that a baby sleep schedule is one of the best ways to help your infant to understand how to sleep alone and to sleep right through the night as soon as possible. While some parents prefer to do things their own way, many others are always looking for helpful advice to help improve their baby's sleeping pattern. If you want to create a schedule to help your baby sleep better, this article will give you some useful advice about how to draw up a schedule to suit your infant's age and needs.
From birth up to three months of age, your baby will need a lot of sleep and may only sleep in short bursts of time. This can prove a challenge for exhausted new parents, but it is never too early to draw up a baby sleep schedule. If you are breastfeeding, your schedule will look slightly different from that of a formula fed baby as those on infant formula tend to go a little longer between feeds. You should choose a wake up time that suits your family, perhaps 9 AM and feed at this time. You should then put your baby back to sleep an hour later for a nap of around 30 minutes and then feed again at around 11 AM. You should repeat this pattern throughout the day, with around 90 minutes between waking and feeding and nap time until bedtime at around 11.30 PM. During the night, you should try to go for around 4 hours between feeding to try to help baby learn to sleep through.
As your baby gets older, they will require less feeding during the day however they will probably still need feeding at least once during the night. By six months of age, your infant will be sleeping a lot less than they did as a newborn, but will still probably require around 2 to 4 naps through the day and around 11 hours of sleep through the night. When developing a baby sleep schedule to suit your family, you can adjust the times that best meet your family's needs, however this sample gives you an idea of how to organise your day. Wake your baby at 6.30 AM for a feed and then give breakfast at 7.45 AM. By 8.30 AM your little one should be ready for a 60 minute nap before their next feed at 10.30 AM. They will require another nap at about 11.30 AM before lunch at 1 PM. At 2 PM they should have a 30 minute nap before dinner at 5 PM and then you can begin the bedtime routine at around 6 PM. Your goal is to get baby to bed and asleep by 7 PM, although depending on your little one's needs you may need another feed during the night.
As your baby reaches the first year milestone, they should have developed a routined approach the sleep which will stand them in good stead for sleeping through the night.