It’s clear to me that the person who came up with the term “sleeping like a baby,” never actually had a baby. For the first few weeks, most babies do not sleep for more than four hours at a time. That’s the absolute maximum! My baby was no different in the first 6 weeks of his life. But things have dramatically improved in the last week or so. In my last post, Tired, I mentioned that my baby was sleeping 5-7 consecutive hours a night. For those who are not yet moms, that is quite an accomplishment for a little 2 month old. Other new moms have been asking me what I’ve done to get him to do that. Partly, I think it’s because my son is just like his father, who loves sleep about as much as he loves me. But I also believe the key is putting the baby on a bedtime routine.
Every night he gets a bath and a massage at around 8 PM. Then he gets his last bottle of the night. And at around 9 or 9:30 PM he falls asleep and stays asleep until around 2 AM. He wakes up to eat and then goes back to sleep for a couple more hours. On the days we give him his bath earlier, he ends up going to sleep earlier and staying up most of the night. That leads me to believe that it’s the routine that determines his sleep cycle. We also make sure to swaddle our little one very tightly and turn on some white noise for the first hour of his slumber. Believe me, I know how precious sleep is to new moms and dads. I hope this helps.
-East Coast Mama