More Than Sleep Episode 26: Why Timing Matters When it Comes to Bedtime

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Today on More Than Sleep With The Mama Coach:

Why Timing Matters When it Comes to Bedtime

Today I want to focus on circadian rhythms. 

What is one of the biggest reasons why your baby is crying at bed time? 

If you’ve been trying to teach your babe to sleep independently, but there’s too much crying, I want you to look at the time. Their circadian rhythm is usually the key issue- what does their timing look like? 

Babies and kids up to the age of 7 or 8 need 12-13 hours of daytime and 11-12 hours of nighttime. They don’t have to be up for the entire time during those 12-13 hours, naturally your baby will nap in there. But, let’s say your 3 month old wakes up at 8 am in the morning, and you try to put her down at 6:30 pm for bed because she’s tired and cranky. You will likely struggle for the next 2 hours trying to get your babe to fall asleep because it hasn’t been 12-13 hours yet. Try to watch the clock for when your baby wakes up and do the calculations for when their bedtime should be.

Another Important thing to remember is that babies under 4 months old will have a later bedtime- usually around 8-9 pm. Once they’re 4 months or older, you’ll find that that the bedtime is going to be earlier. At that stage, it’s important to make sure they’re not napping in the late afternoon. As their circadian rhythm changes, and becomes more like ours, they can actually get a restorative sleep in the late afternoon which makes it harder to put them down at bedtime. 

For more information on this topic make sure to check out the articles below! 

Sleep Cycles in Babies Explained
The Importance of a Bedtime Routine
The Perfect Bedtime For a Newborn


If you need support, we’re here for you mama. Reach out to a Mama Coach in your area or virtually to see how we can help with any sleep issues you may have. You got this mama! 

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