Having a little one at home makes getting ample sleep nearly impossible, and having an eight-month-old can only add to the exhaustion. As much as we all wish our babies could get more comfortable with sleeping through the night, some parents may not know what a recommended eight months old sleep schedule should look like.
There are lots of factors that can impact how much rest your sweetie needs; read on for insights into helping you be sure they're getting enough ZZZ's.
For starters, it's essential to note that every child is unique and has their rhythm when it comes to snoozing. On average though, infants this age will require about 10-12 hours during the night and up to four spread out throughout their day naps.
However, each baby deviates from this norm in response to varied influences like:
- Sleeping environment
- Feeding schedules
- External stimuli
The Importance of Consistency
One thing universally agreed upon by pediatrician experts is establishing routine and consistency. It won't happen overnight (pun intended), but sticking religiously to set wake times helps regulate rhythms within your baby´s body system —even if it means putting up with messy hair bed-head once in a while!
Think about keeping comfy pajamas always ready.
Developing rules around daytime nap sessions also encourages longer nighttime slumber periods as well. If possible try setting regular feedings combined with playtime periods so that these critical hours line up precisely.
They Can´t Stay Up All Night
This might sound obvious-but eight-month-olds cannot stay awake at all hours! Ensure quality nighttime rest by monitoring daytime routines properly.
Babies need daylight as well -exposure keeping them lively during waking schedules rather than sitting dormant awaiting precious shut-eye moments till finally perishing away sometime during midday siesta. Consider adding soothing components to nap sessions too, pacifiers or white noise mobiles to enhance time spent relaxing asleep.
Should You Implement Sleep Training?
All parents face determining whether sleep training is an appropriate option for their household. On the one hand, there are certainly aspects of this approach that offer excellent benefits like reaching established break times for yourself while fostering positive independence in your baby.
But on the flip side, it also means lots of crying-you guessed it, by both you and Baby! Plus further researching alternative methods may find other resources suited better towards soothing ability.
Signs Your Baby May Not Be Getting Enough Sleep
Keeping an eye on overall routines outside just length per se will allow avoiding confusion regarding developmental obstacles. Even if technically within acceptable limits (which remember can differ based upon various influences) signs they need extra sleeping aids include: 1. Extreme irritability 2. Prolonged lethargy 3. Struggles waking up altogether 4. Lack of interest in playing 5. Possessing red bags under their eyes
Ensure comfort -having a temperature control system inside their room as well as placing breathable materials within close proximity offers peace at night's remainder without unnecessary interruptions.
Strategies For Better Nighttime Routines
The following list includes some tried-and-true suggestions for getting more quality snoozes during your little one's cycles:
Routine related pointers:
- Make sure routine wake-up calls are consistent chowing down breakfast together everyday helpful habit strengthening natural circadian rhythms
- Avoid bright lights before bedtime-purposely creating neural cues indicating soon shut-eye mode approaching.
Create Comfortable Surroundings:
- White noise machine-sounds help soothe children into profounder sleep stages throughout restful periods.
- Settle fabrics closely around areas with skin irritation issues such as diaper rashes
Take Advantage Of Their Inbuilt Timekeepers:
Ultimately our bodies all have built-in clocks keeping us in tune with the earth's environment, and our little one is no exception! Ensure window treatments are calibrated appropriately so when your baby wakes it's in sync with their internal body clock.
How Often Should Their Sleeping Schedules Change?
As mentioned earlier, babies require varied amounts of rest depending upon many different factors.
For example, as they age past eight months range bouts of teething or attempting to crawl independently can result in periods that will disturb routines you´ve put in place. But there´s also no harm from experimenting a little either-if feeling like naps throughout daytime sessions seem daunting-holding off until later may even enhance melatonin levels required for more extended nocturnal sleep.
To wrap up these tidbits of knowledge; getting comfortable with establishing some standardized sleeping schedules and sticking to those recommended timings will invariably help both (Baby) & caregivers feel refreshed all-around!