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How Much Should Your Baby Eat By Month – A Guide by The Baby Sleep Site®0

Hungry babies can’t sleep! How much should a 3 month old eat? How much should a 6 month old eat? No matter whether your baby is 4 months or 9 months, proper nutrition makes a healthier and happier baby. It also promotes a good night’s sleep and longer naps which is always welcome in this village! In my work as a sleep consultant for 10+ years, sometimes all I’ve done is adjust a baby’s feeding schedule and improved sleep so it can be an important aspect to better sleep. Use this guide to help you figure out how much your baby needs to eat by month.

Important Notes:

  • Feeding Frequency” is timed from the beginning of one feeding to the beginning of the next feeding. Newborns take longer to feed than older babies so it will make a bigger difference to newborn babies.
  • Babies are very good at self-moderation and will usually tell you if/when they need more.
  • Do not withhold feedings from the baby for fear of them “overeating.” Yes, they might spit-up but they don’t overeat in the same sense of adults over-indulging. Babies will start to learn how much they should eat in one sitting with practice and experience.
  • Your baby is unique and, by definition, some babies will fall above or below averages. Your baby’s weight gain and staying on their growth curve are the best indicators that your baby is eating enough.
  • This is not meant to be medical advice and you should always consult your baby’s pediatrician should you have questions or concerns about your unique baby.
  • You might want to bookmark this page so you can come back to it month-after-month

How Much Should Newborns Eat?

Newborns eat, poop, and sleep almost around the clock in the early days. Newborn babies should eat on demand every 1-2 hours at least until they regain their birth weight. However, during growth spurts, they often eat more frequently. Here are the average amounts for newborns:

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
0-4 weeks every ~1.5-2 hours on-demand 20-45 minutes ~2-3 ounces / 60-90 ml ~2-4 ounces / 60-120 ml None

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How Much Should a 1 Month Old Eat?

1 month olds should eat on-demand every 2-3 hours around the clock, usually. However, babies with reflux often eat smaller, more frequent meals so if your 1 month old is spitting up quite a bit, you might need to offer smaller feedings.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
5-8 weeks every 2-3 hours on-demand ~20-30 minutes

~2-4 ounces / 60-120 ml ~4 ounces / 120 ml None

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How Much Should a 2 Month Old Eat?

2 month olds often eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Some babies this age, however, graduate to eating every 4 hours. Parents who try to follow 12 Hours By 12 Weeks encourage this. It is said that babies who eat every 4 hours during the day will often sleep through the night earlier. Keep in mind, though, that we find this works more often for formula-fed babies. Most breastfed babies, in our experience, tend to eat every 3 hours, and sleeping through the night (for 11-12 hours, I mean) too early can negatively impact a mom’s milk supply.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
9-12 weeks every 2-4 hours ~10-20 minutes 3-4 ounces / 90-120 ml, incl 2-3 at night 4-6 ounces / 120-180 ml, incl 2 at night None

Average Total Per Day: 5-8 breastfeeding sessions, 20-25 ounces of breastmilk, or 20-30 oz of formula.

Please Note: If your baby is eating every 4 hours, it’s very likely their feedings will be larger. Breastfeeding babies eat 2-3 times at night while formula-fed babies eat 1-2 times at night, on average, at this age.

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How Much Should a 3 Month Old Eat?

3 month old babies should eat every 3-4 hours though there are a few babies, especially those with reflux, who still eat every 2 to 2 1/2 hours during the day. Keep in mind the more total ounces they consume during the day, the less they need at night. There are some babies who do best eating more frequently during the day so they can sleep in longer stretches at night.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
13-16 weeks every 2-4 hours 5-20 minutes 3-4 ounces / 90-120 ml, incl 2-3 at night 4-6 ounces / 120-180 ml, incl 0-2 at night None

Average Total Per Day: 5-8 breastfeeding sessions, 20-30 ounces of breastmilk, or 20-30 oz of formula.

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3 Month Old Sleep and Feeding Schedule

How Much Should a 4 Month Old Eat?

4 month old babies should eat every 3-4 hours but, again, some babies still eat every 2 to 2 1/2 hours if they take smaller feedings. This is not abnormal though it’s not as common in my 10+ years of experience as a sleep consultant. Of course, my son was one who still ate every 2 to 2 1/2 hours at this age. He did not take big feedings and that was just his preference. Here is how much your 4 month old should be eating:

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
17-20 weeks every 2 1/2-4 hours 5-20 minutes 3-4 ounces / 90-120 ml, incl 2 at night 4-6 ounces / 120-180 ml, incl 0-2 at night None

Average Total Per Day: 5-8 breastfeeding sessions, 20-35 ounces of breastmilk, or 20-32 oz of formula.

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How Much Should a 5 Month Old Eat?

A 5 month old should eat every 3-4 hours during the day, including 1-2 times at night. Again, breastfeeding babies tend to feed more frequently and bottles tend to be smaller since breast milk is more concentrated than formula.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
5 months every 3-4 hours 5-20 minutes

3-4 ounces / 90-120 ml, incl 1-2 at night 6-7 ounces /180-210 ml, incl 0-1 at night None

Average Total Per Day: 5-8 breastfeeding sessions, 20-35 ounces of breastmilk, or 24-32 oz of formula.

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5 Month Old Sleep and Feeding Schedule

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How Much Should a 6 Month Old Eat?

6 month old babies drink milk every 3-4 hours and typically eat one solid meal a day if you’ve started solids. It’s important to note that starting solid food should NOT decrease milk intake during the day. If it does, you are likely offering too much solid food. Babies are good at moderating not to eat too much but solid food can leave them full too long to fit in all their milk feedings. The problem is fruits and vegetables aren’t high enough in calories and/or fat.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
6 months every 3-4 hours 5-20 minutes 4-5 ounces / 120-150 ml, incl 1-2 at night 6-7 ounces /180-210 ml, none at night* Up to 1-2 tablespoons each of baby cereal, fruit, and vegetables a day

Average Total Per Day: 5-6 breastfeeding sessions, 20-35 ounces of breastmilk, or 24-32 oz of formula.

* Please Note: Some formula-fed babies (especially those with reflux) still eat at night at this age but the majority of formula-fed babies can be night-weaned. If you are breastfeeding and considering supplementing with formula to help your baby sleep better, be cautious, and read our article Will Supplementing or Switching to Formula Help Your Breastfeeding Baby Sleep?.

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6 Month Old Sleep and Feeding Schedule

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How Much Should a 7 Month Old Eat?

Your 7 month old is likely drinking milk every 3-4 hours during the day and eating one solid meal a day. Similar to 6 month olds, it’s important to note not to overdo it with solid food or your baby might start waking up at night again for a milk feeding they might have missed during the day.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
7 months every 3-4 hours 5-20 minutes 4-6 ounces / 120-180 ml, incl 1-2 at night 6-7 ounces /180-210 ml, none at night Up to 1-2 tablespoons each of baby cereal, fruit, vegetables, and dairy a day

Average Total Per Day: 5-7 breastfeeding sessions, 20-35 ounces of breastmilk, or 24-32 oz of formula.

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7 Month Old Sleep and Feeding Schedule

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How Much Should an 8 Month Old Eat?

8 month olds are on the move and start becoming mobile! This can make it much harder for them to stop long enough to feed well throughout the day. We sometimes see a nighttime feeding creep back for that reason. Be cautious about allowing too much night feedings. Take the baby into a less interesting room or find a way to occupy them while they are feeding to encourage full feedings during the day as much as possible. 8 month olds should still be drinking milk every 3-4 hours and eat 2 solid meals a day.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
8 months every 3-4 hours 5-20 minutes 4-6 ounces / 120-180 ml, incl 0-1 at night 6-7 ounces /180-210 ml Up to 2-3 servings each of baby cereal, fruit, vegetables, and one serving of dairy and protein a day

Average Total Per Day: 5-6 breastfeeding sessions, 20-35 ounces of breastmilk, or 24-32 oz of formula.

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How Much Should a 9 Month Old Eat?

Just like 8 month olds, 9 month old babies are often moving around a lot and some don’t tolerate being in their highchair multiple times a day. These are common frustrations for parents. Your baby should be getting milk every 3-4 hours plus 2-3 solid meals. Not every baby this age will eat solids three times a day. Again, it’s easy to overdo it with solid food and then find your baby is waking at night for a milk feeding they missed during the day. Fruits and veggies are very good for us but until your baby is eating more protein, too much solid food can make sleep worse at night.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
9 months every 3-4 hours 5-20 minutes 4-6 ounces / 120-180 ml, incl 0-1 at night 6-7 ounces /180-210 ml See Solid Food Chart

Average Total Per Day: 3-5 breastfeeding sessions, 20-35 ounces of breastmilk, or 24-32 oz of formula.

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9 Month Old Sleep and Feeding Schedule

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How Much Should a 10 Month Old Eat?

10 month olds tend to start getting much more regular at sleeping through the night if they haven’t already. At this age, they are getting past their last sleep regression and eating a good number of calories during the day. 10 month olds drink milk 3-4 times a day and eat 3 solid meals. Some babies this age are also getting one snack, too.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods
10 months every 3-4 hours 5-15 minutes 4-6 ounces / 120-180 ml, incl 0-1 at night 6-7 ounces /180-210 ml

Average Total Per Day: 3-4 breastfeeding sessions, 20-35 ounces of breastmilk, or 24-32 oz of formula.

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How Much Should a 11 Month Old Eat?

Your 11 month old should still drink milk 3-4 times a day, eat 3 solid meals a day, plus 1-3 snacks depending on their appetite and the size of their meals. Just like adults, some children like fewer, larger meals while others eat more frequent, smaller meals. To encourage sleeping through the night, we want to follow a schedule that will maximize caloric intake. If your baby’s stomach only holds so much food, making them wait longer between meals doesn’t work as well since they won’t eat more in total during the day. We want to balance the time between meals with when they will eat the most.

Age Feeding Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods # of Night Feedings
11 months every 3-4 hours 5-15 minutes 4-6 ounces / 120-180 ml 6-7 ounces /180-210 ml See Solid Food Chart

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Average Total Per Day: 3-4 breastfeeding sessions, 20-35 ounces of breastmilk, or 24-32 oz of formula.

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How Much Should a 12 Month Old Eat?

A 12 month old will begin to eat more solid food and after 12 months old, we start to see milk become a beverage with a meal rather than a separate event. Of course, you don’t have to rush this if your toddler isn’t very interested in solid food. However, keep in mind that some children aren’t as interested in solid food until milk isn’t their primary source of nutrition. Some parents begin to re-balance the amount of solid food versus milk around this age. At 12 months old, toddlers will drink milk 3-4 times a day, eat 3 solid meals, and 1-3 snacks. In my experience, the amount of snacking varies based on whether your toddler eats a large meal or splits their intake among smaller meals.

Age Milk Frequency Avg Length of Breastfeeding Sessions Avg Size Bottle of Breastmilk Avg Size Bottle of Formula Solid Foods # of Night Feedings
12 months every 3-5 hours 5-15 minutes 4-6 ounces / 120-180 ml 6-7 ounces /180-210 ml See Solid Food Chart

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Average Total Per Day: 3-4 breastfeeding sessions, 20-35 ounces of breastmilk, or 24-32 oz of formula.

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This post was meant to guide you so you can feel more confident in how much your baby is eating. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help! Contact us at any time!

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What Should a Newborn Wear to Sleep?0

There are so many questions to answer when you first have a baby. And, we strive to answer all questions pertaining to sleep. Today, we share what a newborn should wear to sleep and what a newborn should sleep in.

How Much a Newborn Sleeps

Newborns sleep a lot. In fact, newborns sleep 14 to 17 hours a day but they can’t stay awake long between sleep periods. Your newborn might only stay awake for 1 to 2 hours throughout the day and night. Of course, you want most of their sleep to be at night with the 1 to 2 hours of awake time during the day. If your baby has newborn day/night confusion, you’re not alone!

If you are having any trouble with getting your newborn enough sleep, be sure to check our Newborn Sleep Schedules By Week.

What Should a Newborn Wear to Sleep?

To decrease your baby’s risk of SIDS, you want to make sure you dress your newborn appropriately. Overheating can increase the risk of SIDS so putting your newborn in appropriate sleep-wear is not only more comfortable but safer.

But, what should your newborn wear to sleep?

Of course, this will depend on your local climate, whether you have central heating and air conditioning, and what clothing you have available. The ideal room temperature for sleep is 68 to 70 degrees. Your baby’s skin should feel cool to the touch, not frigid, and never too warm or sweaty. If your baby feels very warm or sweaty, you are dressing your baby too warmly which is not as safe.

Most newborns should sleep in a maximum of 3 layers: a onesie, pajamas, and a swaddle blanket or wearable blanket.

A onesie is a little undershirt that has snaps on the bottom to make diaper changes easier. In some cases, if the onesie is long-sleeve, you might not need to put a sleep-n-play or pajamas over it. For babies who are warmer or in a warmer climate, skip the second layer and go straight to a swaddle blanket or sleep sack.

If your baby has sensitive skin or eczema, consider buying organic sleepwear whenever possible:

Do Newborns Have to Be Swaddled?

Most newborns sleep better when they are swaddled (wrapped up like a little burrito.) But, it isn’t mandatory. Some babies come out of the womb and want their freedom. Unfortunately, even if they don’t want to be swaddled, sometimes the moro reflex will wake them up constantly. For these babies, it’s better to swaddle them even if they appear not to like it.

My son, for example, would resist the swaddle but once he fell asleep, he slept much better. Some babies like mine just have FOMO.

If you are using a SNOO, it has a built-in swaddle to make it easier and keep baby safely on their back. Otherwise, you should use a good swaddle blanket and make sure your baby can’t break out making a safety hazard.

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What Do Newborns Wear If Not Swaddled?

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References:
https://www.childrenshospital.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions/s/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids/symptoms-and-causes

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Newborn Bedtime Routines and Time to Put Baby to Bed0

A good bedtime routine can help your newborn baby sleep better at night and take longer naps. But, what is a good bedtime routine for a newborn and when should you start using one? And, what time do you put your newborn to bed? This post will share all you need to know about bedtime routines for your newborn.

Newborn Bedtime Routine Ideas

Bedtime routines will change over time as your baby goes from newborn to young baby to a toddler or preschooler. The best bedtime routines typically have a few things in common. Good bedtime routines start and end the same way, are consistent, and most of all, they are soothing.

A bedtime routine, especially for your newborn, does not have to be very long or complicated. Most bedtime routines are ~10 minutes at nap time and ~20-30 minutes at bedtime. Here is a sample bedtime routine:

  1. Give the baby a bath.
  2. Apply some lotion with lavender for calming comfort.
  3. With the lotion, do a little baby massage.
  4. Put on a clean diaper (if you are not doing Elimination Communication).
  5. Put on your baby’s onesie and pajamas.
  6. Turn on white noise.
  7. Swaddle your newborn safely and snugly.
  8. Feed and burp your baby.
  9. Rock or sway gently for a few minutes and lay them down on their back in their bassinet, bedside bassinet, or crib.
  10. Soothe them while in their bed, if necessary, to get them to fall the rest of the way to sleep.

At first, your baby won’t know this is a routine but when you do this consistently for enough days in a row, it will cue them to fall asleep easier and faster.

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Can You Do a Newborn Bedtime Routine Without a Bath?

Some parents find that their baby is not soothed by a bath. Some babies don’t like them while others like them a little too much, and then don’t like to get out. Both of my boys got very hyper when they took a bath!

Also, keep in mind that we all sleep best when our body temperature is lower. A warm bath can increase our body temperature and make it take longer to fall asleep.

So, feel free to do your baby’s bedtime routine but without the bath. You can do a bath earlier in the day or you can consider wiping your baby down with a warm, damp cloth instead.

Until your baby is older and moving around, they aren’t accumulating much dirt to need a bath every day. And, in fact, it can dry out their skin considerably. And, if your baby has eczema, it’s not a good idea to use soap every day.

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When Do You Start a Bedtime Routine for Baby?

At what age should you start a bedtime routine for your newborn? It doesn’t hurt to start from birth but until your baby can stay awake for longer periods of time, it might feel like all you have time for is a feeding and diaper change before your baby is falling asleep, again!

In the early days, newborns don’t stay awake very long. Sometimes they stay awake for only 45-60 minutes at a time! Most newborns stay awake 1-2 hours TOPS.

There is no right or wrong age to start a bedtime routine but we encourage them as early as 4 to 6 weeks old. Until then, your baby might not need anything special to fall asleep since many newborns are so sleepy in the first place.

Time to Put Newborns to Bed

As your newborn’s day/night confusion goes away, they will start to stay awake for longer periods of time during the day. They will take naps and it might start to feel like daytime is now distinct from the nighttime. This is the time we start to think about setting a specific “bedtime.”

When you decide on the time to put your newborn to bed, you must keep in mind that newborns often only sleep 8-10 hours at night (on and off with feedings). During this time of day, they will sleep consecutively waking only for feedings and then go right back to sleep. During the day, they will stay awake for 45-90 minutes at a time, on average.

The last thing you want is for your baby to stay awake from 2:00 to 3:00 a.m., take a 1-hour “nap,” and then stay awake again from 4:00 to 5:00 a.m.

Therefore, you want to set your newborn’s bedtime to be late around 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. That way, if they sleep 9 hours, it will be from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., for example. Be sure to put your newborn on a schedule based on their age in weeks.

Bedtime Routine for a Toddler and Newborn

If you have both a toddler and a newborn, the bedtime routines can be a bit more challenging depending on the age of your toddler.

If you have a 12-18-month-old and a newborn, your toddler might be too distracting and unable to be quiet while you put your newborn to bed. For that reason, I recommend you put your toddler to bed first and then your newborn later. If your newborn’s bedtime is still late, this should be easy to do. You can put your newborn in a sling or wrap if they are fussy and need to be held a lot. If your baby is content, you can consider putting them in a bouncer and give your toddler more individualized attention.

If you have a 2-year old or 3-year old, your toddler might be better able to help put the baby to bed if the time to put your newborn to bed has moved to earlier than your toddler’s bedtime. If this is the case, ask your toddler to help such as getting the diaper, helping with the baby massage, etc.

If both your toddler and newborn are going to bed around the same time, you can try combining the bedtime routines but you will need to allow for extra time (~30-60 minutes). Toddlers can delay things quite a bit. Here is a sample combined bedtime routine for a toddler and newborn:

Sample Bedtime Routine With a Toddler and Newborn

  1. Undress one child at a time and apply some lotion with lavender for calming comfort.
  2. With the lotion, do a little baby massage.
  3. Put on a clean diaper (if you are not doing Elimination Communication).
  4. Put on your baby’s onesie and pajamas for both.
  5. Place the baby in a bouncer and read books to both children (usually with your toddler in your lap so they can see the pictures).
  6. Have your toddler get in bed and turn on lullaby music and white noise.
  7. Swaddle your newborn safely and snugly.
  8. Feed and burp your baby while chatting with your toddler.
  9. Tell your toddler good night, turn off the light, and leave the room.
  10. Rock or sway the baby gently for a few minutes and lay them down on their back in their bassinet, bedside bassinet, or crib.
  11. Soothe them while in their bed, if necessary, to get them to fall the rest of the way to sleep.

I hope this post has given you all the tools you need to create the best bedtime routine for your family!

Newborn Baby Sleep Help That Works

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Colic in Baby: 5 Tips to Help Your Newborn Sleep0

When your baby has colic, they will cry for hours on end and it’s very hard to calm them down. What are the signs and symptoms of colic? And, how can you help a colicky baby sleep? This post will tell you all you need to know based on our 10+ years of experience.

What is Colic?

Colic is a fairly predictable time of day when your baby will cry for long periods of time. Some babies will cry for an hour or two but other babies can cry for multiple hours. My friend’s baby cried for 5-6 hours every day!

The most challenging part about colic is that it’s impossible to soothe the baby and stop the crying. When a colicky baby is crying, it comes on unexpectedly and for no apparent reason. You can’t simply change a diaper, for example.

The word ‘colic’ is used to label a healthy baby who cries for long periods of time every day for weeks on end. There has been a movement to share with parents and caregivers that all babies will go through a period of increasing crying. It’s just that some babies have much more of it (and labeled with colic) and other babies have much less of it (not labeled as colicky). It is called The Period of PURPLE Crying. Diagnosing a baby with colic implies that some babies have it and others don’t. However, according to Dr. Ronald Barr, a Developmental Pediatrician and World Expert on Infant Crying, all babies go through this period, some simply easier than others. Those who do not get labeled with colic simply have newborn evening fussiness.

Colic Signs and Symptoms for Baby

The most common signs and symptoms of colic include the following:

  • Baby cries for a long period of time (2-3 hours or more).
  • The crying is predictable every day. For example, your baby cries for 3 hours from ~7:00 to ~10:00 p.m. every night.
  • Crying is usually in the evening.
  • Baby looks like they are in pain when they are crying.
  • Soothing doesn’t seem to help.

What Causes Colic?

Nothing causes colic so much as all babies will have this period of a gradual increase of crying until it peaks. This is a developmental period and a phase that will pass, eventually. The crying starts spontaneously every day and then stops just as quickly as it started.

This time period can be very frustrating and you might doubt yourself as a parent. But, this is not a reflection on your parenting skills and there are no long-lasting effects from all of the crying.

There are some theories that a baby can get overstimulated adjusting to the outside world but there has been no definitive cause as to why some babies have longer periods of crying than others.

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When Does Colic Start?

Colic for your baby starts around 2 weeks old. Crying will gradually increase over the next days/weeks until it peaks. At what age the crying peaks varies from baby to baby. For some babies, it will peak at 3 weeks while others can still cry for hours each day until 2 to 3 months old.

When Does Colic End? How Long Does Colic Last?

Thankfully, colic will end, eventually, even though it will feel like an eternity!

Once your baby’s colic peaks, the crying will gradually reduce over a period of days/weeks and end by 3 to 4 months old. Therefore, colic lasts 1 to 12 weeks and it’s impossible to know how long your baby will have it.

We do know, however, that there is often a 6 week peak of fussiness. After this, many babies will gradually fuss and cry less over the next few weeks. For my son, this was exactly true and he was much less fussy by 8 to 10 weeks old!

How Do You Know Baby Is Not Sick?

When your baby has colic, there is a pattern of crying meaning it happens every day at the relatively same time of day. Since this pattern of crying will last weeks or months, your doctor will rule out health issues and diagnose your baby with colic.

If your baby is sick, there will probably be other things going on such as diarrhea, vomiting, fever, weight loss, not feeding, etc.

Because you won’t know if your baby is showing a pattern of crying from colic for a number of weeks, it is very important to have your doctor do tests and examine your baby just in case it is a medical condition. Your doctor needs to rule out other reasons for the crying first and foremost.

Colic Remedies: How to Soothe a Baby with Colic?

Unfortunately, the definition of colic includes precisely that your baby is crying for long periods of time and cannot be soothed. I’m going to be honest here. Therefore, the ways you soothe a baby with colic will not likely be very successful. However, few parents can sit back and do nothing while their baby is crying.

As usual, I recommend you make a plan for how you will handle your newborn every day when the crying starts.

If you have help, I highly recommend you take turns, too. For example, if you know your baby will cry for 3 hours beginning around 6:30 p.m. every day, you can plan to let your spouse go for a walk or take a bath in another part of the house for the first 30-60 minutes while you take the first shift. During the second hour, you can switch places.

If you don’t have help, you can plan to try soothing the baby for 30 minutes, use a swing for 30 minutes, put on headphones for 30 minutes while walking the baby around the kitchen, and so on. If you know what you will do every day, you can reduce some of the frustration that comes with expecting you’ll be able to stop the crying. Accept the baby will cry and simply follow your “protocol” to get through it.

But, what about the baby? How can you soothe the baby? Here are a few things you can try:

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Don’t feel bad taking a break!

Obviously, some parents get very frustrated hearing their baby cry for such long periods of time every day. This is understandable! It’s always best to take a break rather than possibly hurt your baby. Put your baby down in a safe place in another room for 10 to 15 minutes if you need a break. It won’t hurt the baby and you can regroup. After all, your senses can get overstimulated, too!

5 Tips to Help Your Colic Baby Sleep Better

If there’s any chance that over-stimulation increases colic, it will help you and your baby to help them sleep better. No, we can’t get rid of all crying nor can we “fix” colic but helping your baby sleep better will recharge you during the day. If you’re lucky, you can nap during the day so you have more patience in the evening.

Here are 5 tips to help your newborn sleep better:

  • Swaddle Your Baby – The benefits of swaddling are clear and can help calm a fussy baby. Be sure to swaddle the correct way for maximum positive impact.
  • Use White Noise – Using white noise can help your baby drown out noises in the house. If your baby is easily over-stimulated, this should help calm them. The volume should be about that of a shower running so you may need to turn it up.
  • Wear Your Baby – Using a baby wrap and simulating your newborn back in the womb can do wonders. Make sure you check the weight for the wrap you use so it’s safe. Many babies will snooze in a sling or wrap.
  • Don’t keep your baby awake too long – The easiest way to over-stimulate the baby is to keep them awake too long. Babies are taking in so much around them. Therefore, many babies can only stay awake 45-60 minutes at a time until they are older. Be sure to use an appropriate newborn schedule by week.
  • Offer Skin-to-Skin Contact – The benefits of skin-to-skin contact are plentiful but the biggest benefit for the purposes of soothing a baby with colic is to help regulate their heart and breathing with yours. Kangaroo Care has been shown to have many benefits to your baby and to you. And, the best part is that any caretaker can do it!

I hope this article has helped you understand colic better and, most importantly, helped you feel less alone. And, I hope that you now know that this is not a reflection on your parenting skills. It’s simply a test of your patience.

Newborn Baby Sleep Help That Works

Essential Keys to Newborn SleepNeed help encouraging your newborn to sleep better, and to sleep longer stretches at night and during the day? We have a great resource designed to do just that. Check out Essential Keys to Your Newborn’s Sleep, an e-Book from The Baby Sleep Site®. Available in PDF format as well as a variety of e-reader formats, Essential Keys to Your Newborn’s Sleep is the tired parents’ #1 newborn resource. Essential Keys lays out everything you need to know about helping your baby to sleep better right from the start. It also includes information on feeding (both breast and bottle), baby communication, bonding with baby, daily routines, sample sleep schedules, and more. Download your copy today!

Or, if you are interested in personalized, one-on-one help for your newborn, why not consider one of our personalized sleep consulting packages? Our consultations allow you to work directly with one of our expert sleep consultants, and to get a Personalized Sleep Plan® that will work for your family.

First, browse our extensive list of package options and select the one that looks best for your situation.
 
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Once you make your choice and purchase, you will immediately receive an e-mail with your Helpdesk login information. You’ll be able to log in and start your family’s sleep history questionnaire right away – it’s that simple!

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Zipadee Zip vs Nested Bean Zen Sleep Sack – Which Is Best for Better Sleep?0

The Zipadee Zip vs Nested Bean – both the Zipadee Zip Swaddle Transition Sleep Sack and the Nested Bean Sleep Sack are great products. But, do you need both? Is one better than the other for your baby’s sleep?

In this blog post, you’ll learn about both products and which we recommend!

Zipadee Zip Swaddle Transition Sleep Sack

zipadeezipWe have been recommending the Zipadee Zip for a long time even before they were on the Shark Tank. The Zipadee Zip, created by a company named Sleeping Baby, is a really great invention to help your baby sleep better when it’s time to stop swaddling.

The “wings” of the Zipadee Zip stop your baby from feeling like they are falling when the Moro reflex is still strong. Many babies are ready to transition away from the swaddle before the Moro reflex has gone away, which is where the Zipadee Zip shines. It is safe for sleeping especially when a baby is rolling over and otherwise can’t be swaddled. And, it’s also good for when your baby doesn’t like to be swaddled, yet can’t seem to stay asleep without it.

If your baby has eczema or otherwise scratches herself, the Zipadee Zip will protect the skin. I was always terrible at keeping my baby’s fingernails clipped!

There are many different styles to choose from for the Zipadee Zip. And, although you won’t need the wings as your baby gets older, so many babies like this sleep sack that they make toddler sizes as well!

Nested Bean Sleep Sack

The Nested Bean products are very innovative with the simple premise that sometimes you just need a hand on you to feel comfort. That’s what their lightly-weighted products emulate: the feeling of a parent’s hand on your baby. Of course, there’s no perfect replacement for your hand but it’s a great concept!

While Nested Bean has a few different products, the one you’d compare to the Zipadee Zip would be the Zen Sack which is a sleep sack you use after you’re done swaddling.

The Nested Bean Zen Sack has a 2-way zipper and is lightly weighted with non-toxic poly beads to give just the right amount of pressure on your baby’s chest. Or, you can flip it over if your baby is a tummy sleeper though Back is Best to reduce the risk of SIDS. This sleep sack is made with 100% soft, breathable cotton with a 0.5 TOG. This means it’s lightweight which is very versatile.

Zipadee Zip vs Nested Bean Sleep Sack – Which is Better?

Both the Zipadee Zip and the Nested Bean Sleep Sack are great sleep sacks. But, which is better for your baby’s sleep?

We have worked with families who have used both and clients love both products. As a sleep consultant for over 10 years, I can tell you that either product would be a good choice. We give the edge to the Zipadee Zip simply because many babies won’t sleep better with the “hand on the chest” concept. Most of the babies with which we work need to be picked up to be soothed. We do love the concept but it only seems to “work” for some babies. Therefore, it simply functions as a regular sleep sack. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but if the weight doesn’t “work” it loses its special-ness. Therefore, we highly recommend the Zipadee Zip for many babies, but there are a few things to consider first:

  1. Does your baby use a pacifier?
  2. Does your baby like to suck on their thumb, fingers, or hands?
  3. Does your baby like to crawl around while self-settling to sleep?

If you answered no to all of these questions, the Zipadee Zip is an excellent choice!

However, if you answered yes to any of these questions, the Zipadee Zip may or may not be the best sleep sack for your baby. And, for that reason, you might choose Nested Bean or another sleep sack. We have a list of the Top 10 Best Sleep Sacks here.

Baby Likes to Suck on Thumb, Fingers, or Hands

If your baby likes to suck on their thumb, fingers, or hands, it may work out fine. Some babies will simply suck their hands through the cloth of the wings. But, if your baby likes to really feel their fingers or thumb inside their mouth mimicking a nipple, this might not work out very well. Some babies will adapt while others will struggle. This can lead to excessive crying during sleep training.

Baby Has a Pacifier

Some babies suck on their pacifier as they fall asleep but then don’t need it again. That would make using the Zipadee Zip work out just fine.

However, some babies struggle with self-settling when they can’t maneuver their own pacifier. We want your baby to be able to wake up between sleep cycles, find their own pacifier, and pop it back in. For these babies, we’d recommend a sleep sack with hands out such as the Zen Sack or the Bitta Kidda with a built-in lovey attached.

Baby Likes to Crawl Around or Stand Up

If your baby likes to crawl around the crib as they are self-soothing or stand in the crib, they may prefer to keep their hands free. We haven’t heard many complaints about the Zipadee Zip in this regard, so it’s a minor issue but depending on your baby, it is something to consider.

Zipadee Zip vs Nested Bean – Which to Buy?

If you still don’t know which product to buy and can’t afford to try both, I highly recommend you start with the Zipadee Zip. This is based on over 10 years of working with families and getting reports about which products their babies love. I know based on the experience of many families that your baby is most likely going to LOVE it!

Of course, your baby’s sleepwear is only one variable that impacts your baby’s sleep. And, that’s what we do here at The Baby Sleep Site!

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How To Handle Your Baby Standing In the Crib and Won’t Sleep0

Baby Standing In CribIf your baby is standing in the crib, it’s likely they aren’t sleeping. Babies and toddlers of all ages stand up in the crib and cry sometimes. In this article, you will learn when standing in the crib starts and how to handle it.

When Do Babies Start Standing in the Crib?

On average, babies start standing in the crib during the 8 month sleep regression. This is when babies become much more mobile, in general. Some babies might learn the skill early around 6 to 7 months old while others might not learn until 9 to 10 months old. All babies develop on their own timetable. If you ever have concerns about your baby’s development, be sure to talk to your baby’s doctor.

Baby Standing In Crib and Won’t Sleep

When babies are standing in the crib, they tend not to be sleeping. Do they do this on purpose?

Sometimes. And, sometimes it’s instinctual.

When they are learning a new skill, babies often “practice” in their sleep. It’s something they can’t control and when they are first learning to stand around 8 to 9 months old, it can be exhausting. They might be crying in the crib and unable to get back down. This can disrupt their sleep to the point where they wake very frequently at night. And, sometimes they stop napping or taking short naps, too!

Once they are older and the skill is no longer new, your baby or toddler could be standing in the crib due to frustration or their schedule needs to change.

If your 1 year old is standing up in the crib, for example, it might be time to add more awake time before their naps. Be sure to use an appropriate 1 Year Old / 12 month schedule. Most 12 month olds can still take a nap after being awake just 2-3 hours while others have graduated to 3-4 hours.

There are many reasons a baby isn’t sleeping so depending on how new the skill is will determine whether standing is the reason they won’t sleep or merely a method to avoid sleeping. We handle each differently.

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How To Help a Standing Baby Sleep Better

So, how do you help your baby or toddler sleep better when they are standing in the crib?

Most babies will learn quickly how to get back down pretty quickly. My two boys learned this within 1-2 weeks of learning how to stand. Since they learn this quickly, if they aren’t crying, try not to give baby standing in the crib too much attention.

But, because they can fall and hit their heads, it’s a good idea to have some type of strategy to follow. Here are a few tips:

  • Practice – During NON-sleep times, be sure you have your baby practice the skill of getting back down. For example, stand your baby at a couch or sofa. Then, put a toy on the ground next to them. Help them bend their knees to reach the toy. Baby squats! It will become second-nature in no time!
  • Allow Some Practice Time in the Crib – Even if they are getting good at this out in the common areas, they may find it novel to be awake in the crib and want to practice this skill. Put them down a little earlier for naps temporarily to allow them to practice for a while. Then, soothe them and encourage them to lay down closer to the time you expect them to fall asleep.
  • Sleep Training – Once you feel more confident your baby knows how to get down on their own, you can use sleep training to break any habits. You may need to change your strategy a little bit, however. We typically instruct parents to lay their babies down periodically rather than constantly. For example, you might lay them down every 8-10 minutes, allowing some space to figure it out on their own but without letting them skip their naps and get more overtired.

As with most sleep regressions and phases, they do end, eventually. The key is not to make new habits you will have to break. To get through 3 weeks of difficulty, some families are having sleep problems for months. Short-term sleep deprivation is challenging but if you put a bit more work in up-front, you will ALL be sleeping more in a couple of weeks!

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How old was your baby when they started standing in the crib?

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The Best Gift Ideas for New Parents and Babies0


Searching for an appropriate gift for a newborn or the new parents? While there are a ton of cute baby gifts out there, they are not always useful or practical. If you’re thinking about stuffed toys, onesies, and rocking chairs, be assured the new mum and dad can do without those. Trust us, they are probably going to be gifted those items in dozens and you certainly wouldn’t want to add on to that pile.

All parents-to-be appreciate practical gifts and things that will make their days a little easier. So, if you are hunting for that baby shower gift to delight the new parents, here are some exciting ideas to try.

Selfie stick

For new parents, there’s never enough baby pictures. But unless there’s someone to handle the camera, often either mom or dad goes missing from those photos. A selfie stick means that the parents can proudly feature in their baby’s photos without any assistance.

And because the chances of someone gifting a selfie stick is relatively slim, you’re likely the one they’ll be thanking you when they capture and enjoy those precious moments with their bundle of joy.

Comfy maternity clothes

A great pair of PJs, a beautiful nightie, or a snug wrap dress all make wonderful gift choices for the mum to wear during and after her pregnancy. You could either pick a piece of clothing yourself or buy a gift card from specialist labels like this and this.

Gift vouchers

Not just maternity clothes, there are vouchers for nearly every consumable item these days. While a gift voucher might be a last-minute choice, it is really a win-win—you don’t have to lose sleep over finding the perfect gift, and the recipient gets to pick something they really need and want as opposed to an item that they have to return or exchange.

A baby sling

A baby carrier or a sling is particularly helpful for the new parents. It’s as easy as simply strapping their baby on while they make a quick trip to the supermarket. Also, because it keeps the baby close to the body of the parent carrying them, it is a great bonding technique while on-the-go.

Meal kit subscriptions

Coming up a menu and whipping up meals on a daily basis can be a challenge for many of us. Throw in a baby and sleepless nights into the equation and it’s not hard to see why this gift can be a life saviour for new parents. With meal subscription services like HelloFresh that offer easy-to-cook, step-by-step recipes and garden-fresh ingredients, it can be a breeze to cook tasty, delicious meals from scratch every day.

meal delivery boxes are one of the best new parent gifts
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Meal delivery boxes

Go one step further and buy them a subscription for fresh, nutritious, chef-made meals that the new mum and dad can enjoy without having to enter the kitchen. Services like Foodst and Youfoodz that deliver healthy, tasty, home cooked meals to the doorstep can give the busy couple a welcome respite from the kitchen chores for a while.

Diaper caddy

Changing diapers isn’t fun but it can be easy. Be the one to gift the new parents a diaper caddy that fits everything they need for hassle-free diaper changing sessions, any time anywhere. With storage options and well-designed organizers, diaper caddies are a great practical gift that the new mum and dad will truly thank you for.

Multicookers

With looking after the baby becoming the no.1 job for the new parents, it’s clear that they won’t have time to spare in the kitchen, cooking time-consuming dishes. A multicooker like an Instant pot which is a 9-in-1 multi-functional programmable slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, hot pot, and more, all rolled into one is a handy appliance that will surely be loved by the recipients.

A gift subscription to The Australian Breastfeeding Association

For new mothers planning on breastfeeding, this gift subscription can be of incredible value. The subscribers receive the book, ‘Breastfeeding, Naturally,’ and get access to a goldmine of information, resources, and support. Plus, the lucrative discounts at ABA stores are a delightful bonus for the new mom!

Other practical and thoughtful gifts include:

  • cleaning packages
  • birth and pregnancy related books
  • restaurant vouchers

Or, you could even volunteer to:

  • go grocery shopping on behalf of the new parents
  • babysit older kids
  • help them in their day to day tasks in one way or another.

In addition to it, you could get new baby flowers delivered in Sydney to convey your heartfelt message through charming flowers.

Know that nothing is more valuable to the new parents than a helping hand and willing soul to make their days a little bit easier while they are dealing with the excitement, fatigue, and challenges of handling the newborn.

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Nested Bean vs. Love To Dream Swaddle Up0

Nested Bean vs. Love To Dream Swaddle UpThe Nested Bean vs Love To Dream – both The Nested Bean Swaddle and the Love To Dream Swaddle are great products. But, do you need both? Is one better than the other for your baby’s sleep?

In this blog post, you’ll learn about both products and which we recommend!

Love To Dream Swaddle

The Love To Dream Swaddle is a great product to help your baby sleep better that we’ve been recommending for years. This is a product meant to capitalize on all the benefits of swaddling but make it easy to swaddle your baby. It also makes it hard for your baby to break out! Breaking out of the swaddle is a safety hazard.

In addition, the Love To Dream is designed to help you swaddle your baby with their arms up rather than down by their sides. This is typically more comfortable for your baby which can lead to longer stretches of sleep.

The Love To Dream Swaddle also has dual zippers, one at the top and one at the bottom, to make diaper changes easier and faster.

The really cool design of the Love To Dream Swaddle is that it has “wings.” But, these wings are meant to zip off when your baby is ready to be unswaddled. This will allow your baby to find his or her hands for self-soothing and allow them to push up if they roll onto their tummy.

Nested Bean Swaddle

The Nested Bean products are very innotaive with the simple premise that sometimes you just need a hand on you to feel comfort. That’s what their lightly-weighted products emulate: the feeling of a parent’s hand on your baby. Of course, there’s no perfect replacement for your hand but it’s a great concept!

While Nested Bean has a few different products, the one you’d compare to the Love 2 Dream Swaddle Up would be the Zen One or the Zen Swaddle®.

The Zen One has a 2-way zipper and a strap to keep your baby’s arms down when their moro reflex is still strong. You can stop using it as your baby gets older and they can have their hands up.

The Zen Swaddle is meant to be snug enough for your newborn but flexible to allow your baby to grow. That’s why it has an inner pouch for when your baby is younger, or you can put your baby’s legs on top of the pocket once your baby is bigger. You can also leave your baby’s arms in or out, depending on whether or not you’re trying to stop swaddling.

There are many different colors and prints to choose from for the Nested Bean Swaddle and the winged design makes it very easy to use. No special folding, wrapping, or tucking!

Nested Bean vs Love To Dream – Which is Better?

Both the Nested Bean Swaddle and the Love To Dream Swaddle Up are great products. But, which is better for your baby’s sleep?

We have worked with families who have used both and clients love both products. As a sleep consultant for over 10 years, I can tell you that either product would be a good choice. However, the age of your baby may influence whether you buy one.

Newborns, Pregnant Moms, or a Baby Shower Gift

If you have a newborn, you’re pregnant and doing research, or if you’re buying as a gift, I recommend you purchase the Love To Dream Swaddle UP which is appropriate for newborns. The newborn size does not have zip-off wings but you don’t need them.

Once your newborn weighs 13+ pounds, I recommend the Love To Dream Swaddle Up Transition Sleep Sack with Zip-Off Wings. If you’d rather buy just one of them, go with the Swaddle Up Transition Sleep Sack with Zip-Off Wings and simply use a receiving blanket until your baby is 13+ pounds. Babies go from their birth weight to 13 pounds practically in a blink of an eye!

The benefits of swaddling are clear and your baby will most likely appreciate the snug feeling of being swaddled. The Love To Dream is a bit snugger than the Nested Bean Zen Swaddle. And, your baby will likely be in the swaddle for at least 2-3 months, if not longer. So, your purchase will be well worth the added hours of sleep you will likely get!

And, when your baby is ready to move away from swaddling, you can zip off one or both wings for an easier transition to a sleep sack. Voila!

However, some babies don’t sleep well once their arms are free, of course! Try giving your baby a week or so to get used to it. If your baby struggles with having their hands completely free, you can then consider adding a sleep sack to your toolbox such as the Zipadee-Zip.

Now, if you are comparing the Zen One and the Love To Dream Swaddle Up then they are very similar products. Love To Dream has been around a lot longer as the Zen One product is a new product and more expensive. I like the concept of the 2-way zipper and zip-off wings which they both have. If your baby happens to like a hand on their chest as they sleep, then the Zen One would give you that added benefit. But, if your baby doesn’t settle with a simple hand on their chest, then it’s simply unnecessary. The reviews are better for Love To Dream than Nested Bean on Amazon, though, in general. A few comments describe babies being able to break out of the Zen Swaddle which defeats the purpose and can be dangerous.

Other comments about Nested Bean talk about it “not working.” The “problem” with products with specific approaches to helping your baby sleep is that all babies are different. If your baby doesn’t respond to a hand on their chest, then the weight on the Nested Bean products simply won’t make much of a difference. This isn’t a problem with the product. It’s simply not solving the sleep problem in a way that works for your baby. It doesn’t hurt to try, of course, and these types of products are just tools in your toolbox. You just need the right tool for the right job!

4+ Month Olds and/or Baby is Rolling

If your baby is nearing, or older than 4 months old, we recommend you transition to a sleep sack with hands out. If you already have a Love To Dream, Zen Swaddle, or Zen One then all you need to do is zip off the wings or swaddle with your baby’s arms out. But, if you haven’t yet bought one of these products, you probably want to buy a traditional sleep sack.

Of course, your baby’s sleepwear is only one variable that impacts your baby’s sleep. And, that’s what we do here at The Baby Sleep Site!

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Bedtime Battle: 10 Top Tips For Establishing A Good Bedtime Routine0


Any parent who has reached the toddler milestone will have experienced the classic tantrum and fighting bedtime. Now, your child may think they have a perfectly valid excuse for their behavior, but trying to navigate that as a parent is exasperating!

Nine times out of ten, your little one is acting out of emotion and tiredness. In fact, you may find that the most challenging part of your day is bedtime. Establishing a good bedtime routine early on can encourage healthy sleep patterns and allow your babe to get quality shut-eye in the process.

Here are our 10 top tips for establishing a good bedtime routine:

1. Stick to a fixed bedtime

We all know that when it comes to parenting, the one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work! Our children are individuals and have their own distinct personalities from the beginning. So balancing that with routine can be overwhelming. However, you are the parent; therefore, you are the boundary maker!

Creating a fixed bedtime or a sleep window for your child will help establish a routine. Their body’s natural circadian rhythm – the sleep-wake cycle – will psychologically associate the routine patterns with bedtime. Plus, the better your child sleeps, the more effective their body can carry out essential functions and restorative processes.

For some parents, having a rigid time for bed works. However, when it doesn’t, the flexible approach may be your lifeline. Putting your child to bed when they aren’t tired may set you up for a fall before you even switch off the light.

2. Embrace bathtime

Warm, bubbly, and fun, bathtime is a magical place for a child. It is a place where brightly colored toys and your babe’s imagination can thrive. More than that, a warm bath has an incredible effect on your body’s temperature. As you quickly cool down after a bath, your body associates the feeling with nighttime.

Now imagine that you are a child. Establishing a bathtime routine early on will help your babe to fall asleep quicker in response to the bath-body temperature effect. Sleep will come easier, and your child is more likely to sleep for longer too.

It’s worth mentioning that not all children have the same response to a bath. Some will find the whole experience too exciting! If that’s your child, save bathtime for the morning.

3. Brush their teeth

If you can establish a tooth brushing routine with your babe from the start, you are setting them up for life. For some, this might sound too good to be true! But sticking with a routine will give your child the best fighting chance at developing good oral hygiene.

Dentists recommend that children should brush their teeth two times a day for at least two minutes. So building this into your child’s daily routine morning and bedtime will encourage good technique and save them unnecessary trips to the dentist.

Even babies can get involved! Sweeping a soft damp cloth or dental baby wipe over their gums will remove any leftover breastmilk or formula sugars. As soon as teeth start to appear, you can introduce a soft-bristled toothbrush, or an electric toothbrush to make brushing even easier.

Whatever you do, make the whole experience fun! There’s nothing worse than having a battle of wills just before bedtime. Sing songs, do a toothbrush dance, and show your little one how it’s done!

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4. Final diaper change or toilet break

As most parents will know, there is nothing worse than stumbling around in the dark and having to sort out a nighttime accident! Overflowing diapers are one thing, and then there are saturated urine sheets. Parenthood is certainly not for the weak.

Encouraging your babe to use the toilet before they go bed will not only help develop bladder control, but it will likely give you and your child an uninterrupted night’s sleep. Well, in terms of waking up to use the toilet anyway!

If your little one is still in diapers, changing just before bed will give your child a more comfortable and less sore night all round.

5. Invest in a weighted blanket

Trouble sleeping affects so many of us from infancy to adulthood. Bedtime can be made more difficult by having a sensory disorder, overactive imagination, and separation anxiety. That’s where a weighted blanket comes in. With its deep pressure stimulation, your child will feel like they are receiving a warm hug all night long.

Safe and secure, your little one will fall asleep quicker and for longer. Meaning, they are less likely to wake up feeling tired. What’s more, due to the blanket’s weight, your child will feel more grounded as they sleep. The feeling of comfort will make bedtime feel like a welcome part of any child’s day.

Be aware not to use it with children under the age of 1 though. Primarily, weighted blankets (and other items such as loose blankets, pillows, and stuffed toys) can increase the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This is because items like this are capable of accidentally restricting the babies breathing.

SIDS can’t occur after the child’s first birthday, so once this has passed, speak to your pediatrician or doctor to decide the best time to use one.

6. Turn the TV off

Watching TV up to the point of bedtime is generally a bad idea. Not only does it overstimulate your child, winding down from a dopamine-fueled hour of cartoons takes time. Going straight to bed after experiencing a sensory overload will not do you or your babe any favors come bedtime.

So, switch screens off at least an hour before bed and do a calm activity together. Whether it’s reading a story, coloring-in, or playing soothing music, make the last hour before bed a joyful occasion.

7. Share your day

Do you know, the most favorite person in your child’s eyes is you? Getting to share parts of your day together will be a perfect bonding moment before bedtime.

You can talk about what they found fun? Who they played with at pre-school or what they found interesting. What did they learn? Whatever makes your little one tick is worth knowing about.

Then, give them a little insight into your day. Did you see their favorite type of dinosaur or favorite animal on your travels? What was the supermarket like? How was your day at work?

Reach into your child’s world for a moment. It’s a truly precious time to share together.

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8. Storytime

Not only is reading beneficial for your child’s development and language skills, but it is a beautiful time to share together. Allowing your child to use their imagination and see the world in new ways will enhance their childhood experience.

Snuggle up together as you both escape into a fairytale adventure. From the fantastic to the life lesson, you can develop a lifelong love of reading in your child’s formative years.

If old enough, let your child choose which book to read from a small selection each night. If they keep going for the same story, go with it! Repetition is a vital part of your toddler’s learning.

9. Gentle lullaby

When you become a parent, you have to let go of the things that hold you back or make you feel embarrassed. Singing may not be something you excel at, but your child will love you singing them a lullaby.

Ever since your babe was in the womb, they have been able to hear your voice. Now that they are here in the world, your voice is one of the most familiar sounds they know throughout childhood.

Familiar and soothing, your little one will love you singing them to sleep. Building this in as part of their bedtime routine will allow them to fall asleep with ease.

If you really struggle, play quiet music in the background as your little one drifts off. Feel free to sing along if you’re brave enough!

10. Say goodnight

Having a definitive end to the day is beautifully summed up with “goodnight.” Although your babe may not be ready for the final goodnight, saying it anyway brings everything to a close.

Letting your little one say goodnight to all their favorite toys, their pet dog, and then you will ease them into sleep mode.

It would be too assumptive to think that all children respond well to goodnight. However, building into your child’s routine will reinforce the idea of bedtime.

One model doesn’t fit all

All children are wired differently. Personality, character, and sense of self all dictate how well the routines we build into their lives will work.

If something you try doesn’t work, get creative. Think about what brings your child joy! If brushing their teeth is the biggest battle of your day, make it interactive. Get involved! You can even use your babe’s favorite toy to reinforce that dental hygiene is essential for everyone.

For most parents, saying the final goodbye of the evening can be the most challenging. So think about what makes your child feel comfortable – is it a toy, blanket or merely having a light on. Making your little one’s bedroom feel like a safe space will encourage better sleep development.

Lastly, don’t beat yourself up. The art of a routine all comes down to learning and persistence. You’ve got this!

Want to win the bedtime battle? From bathtime to brushing their teeth, establishing good bedtime routines for your child will set them up for life. Whether you like a fixed, rigid routine or a flexible one, build your routine around what suits you best.

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Modern Toddler Bedding0

If you have a toddler, it’s important to make sure that you are getting them some comfortable bedding. This will help encourage them to drift off to sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep can create a range of benefits. For example, you’ll be able to encourage healthy growth, improve their attention span, and help them learn new information. Let’s look at some tips that you can use to find the perfect modern toddler bedding.

Choose a Design That Appeals to Your Toddler

One of the biggest benefits of modern bedding is the number of designs that are available for you to choose from. There are dozens of stunning colors and images for you to explore. In some cases, you might want to take your toddler with you when you are shopping. Then, you can allow them to pick out the one that appeals to them most. By doing this, you’ll be able to get something that they will feel excited to sleep on. This can help make the transition to a bigger bed easier.

If you want, you might use the bedding they select as the basis when designing the room. For example, if they choose a green quilt filled with dinosaurs, you might want to paint the walls green. You can also use it to inform the type of furniture you choose, matching the colors or theme of the bedding. This can help you make sure that the room has a cohesive style. When making these design decisions, you can consult your child. By doing so, you’ll be able to make sure that they feel comfortable in the space.

Save Money with a Kit

There are a few important pieces of bedding that you’ll need to get for your toddler. Often, you’ll want a sheet, comforter, and some pillowcases. If you purchase each of these items separately, you might find that you need to spend a significant amount of money. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, you can purchase these items as part of a kit. In most cases, this kit will include a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, a pillowcase, and a comforter. By bundling all these items together, you’ll often be able to save a lot of money. You’ll also be able to make sure that all the designs match. It might be a good idea to get a few kits. This will ensure that you’ll be able to have one set in the wash, while the other is on the bed.

Pick the Right Pillow

When deciding what bedding you want to get, it’s important to make sure that you’re choosing the right type of pillow. There are several reasons why this is crucial. First, it will help ensure the right amount of spinal support. It will also ensure that they feel comfortable, helping them fall asleep faster. However, if they are under 18 months old, you might want to avoid introducing a pillow, as this might be a potential choking hazard.

There are dozens of pillow options available for you to choose from. However, it’s important to consider your child’s unique needs to make sure that they get the right pillow. First, you’ll find a range of different materials. It’s often best to try to find something that will be hypoallergenic. This will help limit the number of bacteria that can grow on the pillow, keeping your child safe. It can also be a good idea to get memory foam filling, rather than feathers or hemp. It’s best to avoid pillows filled with small pellets, as they might pose a choking hazard if they break.

You might also want to consider how firm the pillow will be. It’s often best to get something soft enough to remain comfortable but firm enough to offer spinal support. Finally, you’ll need to get a pillow that’s the right size. In most cases, toddler pillows will be between 13 to 18 inches.

As you can imagine, it’s easy to become confused by the number of options and brands available for you to choose from. Thankfully, there are some tools that you can use. For example, check out this informative comfy and safe toddler pillows compilation.

Choose a Mattress Protection

As your toddler gets older, you’ll want to move them out of the crib and into a bed of their own. As you do this, you’ll often need to purchase a new mattress. Though this can be a big investment, it will ensure that they get the spinal support that they need. To make sure that this mattress will last for a long time, you might want to use a mattress protector. These are thin sheets that can help protect the mattress from any spills. This will ensure that the water doesn’t seep through to the mattress, which can cause mold. It will also make cleaning up messes easier. Typically, a mattress protector will only cost around $50. Compared to the costs of paying for a new mattress, this figure is negligible.

Consider the Materials

It’s important to make sure that you’re getting the right type of materials when picking bedding for your toddler. This will allow you to get something that will be appropriate for both summer and winter. During the warmer temperatures, you’ll often want to get cotton. This will be a lighter material, allowing air to flow through it, keeping them cool. However, as the temperature starts to fall, you might want to turn to wool. This traps hot air, making sure that your toddler is kept toasty and warm during the winter months.

Conclusion

Choosing the right toddler bedding is very important. It will impact how comfortable your toddler feels in their bedroom, helping to make the transition from bed to cot easier. You will also be able to help them get the spinal support they need, keeping them healthy as they grow. So, use these tips to make sure that you’re picking the right modern toddler bedding.

Author Bio

Nathan Bowers was born in Brisbane in 1997. Since then, he’s moved to Toowoomba where he works as a freelance writer.

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