By 3 or 4 months of age, many babies are able to sleep for 5–6 hours at a stretch. Many breastfed babies, however, may still need a quick meal at night, but go back to sleep right afterward. Therefore, parents can begin to structure their sleep routines as well.
A calming and consistent bedtime ritual can make all the difference. This can include a dimly lit room, a pleasant night-light, breastfeeding, stories, songs, quiet cuddling with you and something cozy like a stuffed animal or blanket.
Then, before your baby is asleep, gently put him in his crib and say goodnight. Don’t worry if he fusses for a few minutes; it’s part of learning to go to sleep by himself.
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