If she isn't sleeping as well as your think she should be, now would be a good time to work on your baby's sleep problems.
Expectations for Baby's SleepWhile some babies are already sleeping through the night for at least 8 or 10 hours, by the time they are 10 weeks old, most are still waking up at least once. So if your baby is only waking up once right now, you are actually right on track.
It is usually not until three or four months that most infants are sleeping though the night. And it is not until six months that almost all babies are sleeping all night.
Solving Baby's Sleep ProblemsIf by 10 weeks your baby is still waking up more than two or three times a night, then he is likely a poor sleeper and you might work at helping him sleep better.
Some things that may help your baby sleep better at night include:
- talking to your pediatrician to make sure that your baby doesn't have a medical condition such as acid reflux interfering with his sleep
- read a sleep parenting book, such as:
- The No-Cry Sleep Solution
- Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, or
- The American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Sleep
- try to stick to regular routines for feedings, naps, and bedtime, as even early on-demand babies are likely on more of a schedule by now
- put your baby to bed while he is sleepy, but still awake, which means that he hasn't fallen asleep eating or being rocked in your arms
- during the day, put your baby to sleep in his crib or bassinet (wherever he sleeps at night) and don't let him always fall asleep in his car seat, stroller or swing