Hi Parents! this article will also serve as a guideline for the 6 month old sleep schedule. How to make his sleep a healthier one. Here we are giving a concise review of baby’s 6-month sleep schedule, behavioral patterns and problems.
The 6 Month Old Schedule:
Here is the sample sleep schedule for your baby’s 6 months of age:
|7:00 AM||Wake up and feed: The baby’s day has finally started.|
|9:00 AM to 10:00 AM||1st Nap of the day: It should be at-least 1 hour nap or longer, in case your baby is still sleepy. Morning nap is very important for baby and mother can also get some extra time to pamper herself.|
|10:00 AM||Feed: After nap feed is very important. Baby can have some solid food now, as a breakfast.|
|12:00 PM to 1:00 PM||2nd Nap of the day: Afternoon nap is also a part of baby’s schedule. Here it is not important to sleep for one hour straight, it can be a catnap only. You can offer lunch to baby before nap.|
|1:00 PM||Feed: It can be a wakeup feed or this feed can be given to baby after half an hour of waking up.|
|3:00 PM to 4:00 PM||3rd nap of the day: It can be the last nap of the day. It may long for an hour or less, depending on baby’s mood. This nap can be skipped in case your baby sleeps less at night.|
|4:00 PM||Feed: Post nap time feed of the baby.|
|6:15 PM||Bath time: Here the bath time comes, this bath time before making the baby sleep is best because it will make the baby clean, lighter and stress free. Baby can sleep longer if takes bath before sleep.|
|6:45 PM||Feed: This is the last feed of the day, so make the baby feed well and prepare him to sleep. This feed should be on baby’s bed or crib so that he could sleep comfortably there.|
|7:00 PM||Bed time: Finally, it’s the time for a healthy sleep.|
At 6 months of age, a baby’s nighttime sleep is not undisturbed and constant like 4 months and 5 months old baby. A baby will wake up for 2 to 3 times at night to get his feed. A six months old baby’s nighttime sleep is around 10 to 12 hours per night.
Sleep regression is more in 6 months old baby than in the former years. As the baby is now younger and more aware of his environment. Moreover, a baby learns to sit and crawl at this age mostly, so these new skills make the baby more awake and excited all the time. A baby wants to do such activities more and doesn’t like sleeping. There is one more painful factor at this age, gum pains due to the growth of new teeth. A baby will feel pain all the time and keep crying due to pain in gums due to teething. These problems can become a hurdle in baby’s night time sleep or even at day time naps.
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Day time naps
A 6-month-old baby will take 2 to 4 naps per day, for about 2 to 3 hours altogether. On average a single nap will be for around 45 minutes. Some 6 months old can have catnaps (nap for about 30 minutes). There are many kids who take longer naps only in morning and afternoon. It always depends on the child’s personality and how you develop his sleep routine.
At the age of six months, mother-feed or other formulae milk is still a priority for baby’s growth. Your baby needs at-least 24 ounces’ mother feed or powder milk in 5 to 6 sessions daily. A 6 months old baby needs to have solid foods too, for at least 2 times a day. Cereals, mashed potato or other soft vegetables, mashed eggs, crushed fruits, yogurt or any other soft meal is good for baby’s nutrition.
At the age of 6 months, a baby’s sleep routine will vary accordingly his new activities, so parents need to develop baby’s routine. Parents need to make the environment sleepy for the baby so that the baby could know that he needs to sleep by this time. Even, his nap time should be at least 2 hours before his sleep. Baby’s sleep routine will be established again; in case it has been distracted, but the parent’s need to be calm and consistent.
When you make a sleep schedule for your baby, always make your baby’s comfort your priority. A baby at this age needs more than sleep. He needs to be played with his parents. A story book or music can be a good source of soothing activity. A happy baby is ultimately a happy baby.