Sleep and your 6-month old
Oh great, so he’ll sleep through now, right? Um…maybe!
Unless you’re one of those rare parents whose baby starts sleeping through at six weeks and never has a sleepless night again, you’re longing for the night you wake up having had a full, dreamy five in a row.
Six months is the age at which a baby can start to sleep a bit longer, but there are exceptions who suddenly start waking up after sleeping through. At this age you can give your baby 5 minutes to settle down on his own and go back to sleep when they wake up during the night.
- At 6 months your baby may nap for about 3 hours during the day and sleep about 11 hours at night.
- If your baby battles to fall asleep again, see you can comfort him without picking him up — unless he’s sick. Sick babies need to be picked up and comforted.
- Between 6 and 12 months, separation anxiety becomes a major issue for some babies and may cause them to start waking up again after they have slept through previously.
- The rules for nighttime awakenings: Don't pick up your baby, turn on the lights, sing, talk, or play. All of these activities encourage repeat behavior.