This question may really involve several concerns. You may be concerned or stressed because your baby:
During the first few weeks, many parents feel exhausted and need to find ways to catch up on their sleep as well. When you feel rested it's easier to respond to your baby's signals in a loving, consistent way.
Your baby grows rapidly during the first year. Patience and persistence will help him develop his/her own bedtime sleep routine.
Like older children and adults, infants may require different amounts of sleep and have different sleep patterns - some may have frequent or long daytime naps; others may sleep longer at night and avoid daytime naps. The age at which a baby sleeps through the night is very individual.
Many factors can interrupt your baby's sleep patterns and routines; e.g. growth spurts, teething, or illness. As these situations pass, you can help your baby return to a consistent sleep routine.
Sleep routines you start with an infant may continue into the toddler stage.
A change in sleep pattern may indicate your baby is ill. Always respond immediately if you feel your baby may be ill.
Always attend to physical discomforts such as wet diaper, room too hot or too cold.
If you have questions or concerns about your baby's sleep, contact the Parent Talk Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 extension 7555.
Adapted with the permission of the City of Ottawa, Early Years Health Program