Baby Sleep: Part 2

In this article we are going to discuss the sleeping patterns of babies over 6 months old.

Baby Sleep at 6 Months+

From this stage your baby will still be an irregular sleeper, waking during the night and napping during the day. You'll find she is sleeping for longer periods but you need to establish a routine that your baby can understand and start to recognise. This routine will take a few months for your baby to understand but setting one early will help with the process.  A routine should be followed every night so that the baby begins to associate the bed or cot with night time sleep; routines like a baby massage and bathing before putting her to bed are good examples. Make sure the house is calmer before bedtime so your baby winds down and isn't distracted.

Older Babies

By the time your baby is 12 months old, she should be starting to sleep through the night with only the occasional time where she wakes up. Your bedtime routine needs to be firmly in place as from this stage onward she will start to learn quicker.


For older babies a selection of toys are used for amusement before sleeping. They also prefer to sleep on their sides placing their lower arm in a forward position to stop them from rolling onto their stomach. Babies who usually sleep less or late in the night should be stimulated and prevented from sleeping by talking and playing with them during the day time so as to have enough night sleep.


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  1. Amma says:

    My 8 months twins hardly sleep at night , and not even enough during the day too , please what can i do to help them sleep well worried mom

    • Cussons Baby says:

      Hello Amma, Keep them busy during the day so they are tired by evening and sleep throughout the night.