Baby Not Sleeping Well? His Bedtime Might Be Off
Being overtired makes kids wired! The Sleep in America poll found that overtired children take almost 20% longer to fall asleep. While that’s true, infants who go to bed too early put up good fight at bedtime as well.
To end the nightly struggle, you’ll want to figure out your baby’s ideal bedtime.
What Time Should Babies Go to Sleep?
The average 3-month-old’s bedtime is around 9:30 p.m. Yet, as infants get older their bedtime gets earlier, dropping to 8:30 p.m. …and earlier.
Researchers found that infants who went to bed before 9 p.m. slept significantly longer overall (13 hours) than those who went down after 9 p.m. (11.8 hours).
Most babies doze off easily and sleep longer when they’re laid down before they get tired and bug-eyed. But if you push for a bedtime that’s too early, your little buddy just may not be tired. Yup, you’re walking a real fine line here!
Clues Bedtime Is Too Early
- He fights falling asleep for 30 to 60 minutes.
- He shows no sign of fatigue at bedtime.
- He wakes up in the middle of the night or very early the next day, refreshed and raring to go.
The solution: Try pushing your routine 15 minutes later every 2 to 3 nights to nail the right bedtime.
Clues Bedtime Is Too Late
- She fights falling asleep for 30 to 60 minutes.
- She’s moody and irritable and falls asleep during the day in the car or stroller.
- She takes naps over 2 hours long.
- She’s clearly overtired at bedtime (rubbing her eyes, blinking, yawning, cranky).
The solution: Try starting the bedtime drill 15 minutes earlier every 2 to 3 nights to settle on the time.
Good luck! With these approaches, your bedtime battles should end within 1-2 weeks.
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