One of the most common questions new parents have is when will their baby sleep through the night. In fact,...

One of the most common questions new parents have is when will their baby sleep through the night. In fact, most outsiders will ask new parents this too, as if there's some gold medal in waiting once your babe actually sleeps through the night. In fact, I'm sorry to say there is no gold medal and I'm even sorrier to say that it could be a good long while before your baby sleeps through the night.

baby confused by time

Babies while well known for being cute and nicely scented are less known for their killer sense of time. That's no surprise because babies have no sense of time. So the whole sleep through the night ordeal may happen, but in your baby's case it could mean he sleeps through the day or that his idea of a full nights sleep is from about midnight to 3am.

You can start to help your baby tell the difference between night and day though, which may result in more nighttime sleep hours for you...

Offer your baby some awake time diversions during the day. You can wake him to play or eat. Try some activities that you for sure won't be doing in the dead of night like giving him a bath or going to the park.

Expose your baby to light cycles. I.e help him to make sense of the whole, when it's dark we sleep idea. Don't play active games at night. Allow him to sleep in his crib only at night and during the day have him sleep in his car seat or on the floor.

Of course remember babies do need daytime sleep as well as nighttime sleep so don't push your baby to stay awake during all the daytime hours or you'll only end up with the world's crankiest baby.

Don't worry too much, with few exceptions eventually babies all learn to sleep through the night.

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