By the time your baby is six months old they should be eating three meals a day of solid food. Some babies at this point are still feeding at night but it is important to start weaning them off this habit. Often when a baby wakes at night the first reaction would be to feed
By the time your baby is six months old they should be eating three meals a day of solid food. Some babies at this point are still feeding at night but it is important to start weaning them off this habit. Often when a baby wakes at night the first reaction would be to feed it but it is important to stop doing this and you should try to see if the baby will settle by themselves.Instead of a bottle try giving the baby a dummy to suck on as this will let them know that it is not a time for feeding but a time for sleeping. If your baby seems genuinely hungry before going to bed, or in the night-time, then you might want to consider whether they are getting enough to eat during the day. Any baby that consumes enough food throughout the day should not need extra food at night.
Routine is important to making sure that your baby knows when it is time to go to bed. If the routine changes they will become confused and they may end up needing to be fed when they’re supposed to be going to sleep. Also, babies may want to play when you want to be putting them in their cot. Establish a strict routine that always ends in bed to make sure that your baby knows when it is time for them to go to sleep. One problem that prevents babies from sleeping might be concerns for their safety. Some babies will have trouble falling asleep if the environment they are in is not soothing enough. Make sure that their cot is secure and introduce soothing music if they still struggle to get to sleep. If you continue to have problems consider looking in to sleep training for your baby.
You might think that if your baby were to nap during the day then this would mean that they might struggle to sleep at night. Unlike adults, for babies this is not true and it is most likely that if the baby does not nap they will be overtired at bedtime. This can mean they can wake up in the night and will require your assistance in getting to sleep again. If you start doing all of these things then it is very likely that your baby will quickly learn when it is time to go to sleep and that they have to remain asleep through the night. Sleep training is always an option for babies who do not take to sleeping easily. Unfortunately, there is no rule that will be true for all babies so you will need to experiment and see what is right to yours. Look around the different sleep training techniques until you discover what that suits your baby.
Finally, it is important that once you have achieved something, such as getting your baby to sleep at a regular time, but you don’t undo the progress made. Stick with the routine so that your baby knows that this is a permanent change.