It is very common to hear at this stage “my baby used to sleep all the time-what happened?”. Our little ones are now becoming more social and interacting more with the world around them, especially as we get closer to 3 months of age.
Whereas before your baby could fall asleep anywhere, anytime and sleep through anything, now they seem to resist sleep a little bit more and may need some help from Mom and Dad. Naps may become shorter and more frequent (anything from 4-6 a day is common) but thankfully night sleep is starting to develop so parents might start to have a few hours of sleep themselves -and I do say might-not all 😉 . Chances are, the longest stretches of night sleep your baby is taking, is still while you are wide awake.
This is a great time to start introducing a wind down routine before every sleep time. It doesn’t need to be long or elaborate, just something soothing, quiet and relaxing. Begin trying to put your baby down, drowsy but awake and see if they can start to fall asleep on their own. If they need assistance, try shushing them in the crib. A gentle pat or rub on their back can also be soothing.
Although babies can now stay up a little bit longer, it is still quite short-about 45 mins to 1hr and 15 mins. You need to be on the lookout for sleepy cues such as zoning out, turning away from toys, fussing, rubbing face, as signs that they are ready for bed. When you see these cues, start your wind down routine right away. Many parents make the mistake of waiting until their baby has yawned multiple times and then they put the dishes away or answer the phone and by the time they actually put their baby down, they are overtired, grumpy and fighting sleep. To avoid this, be on the lookout for more subtle signs earlier and start the wind down process sooner.