One of the most asked questions I get in DMs is when to begin putting a new baby on a sleep schedule.
The answer is a bit convoluted; you can start implementing sleep associations and routines at any point in time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on a schedule!
In the first 4-5 months of life, parents should be following their baby’s cues (and their instincts!) when it comes to sleep and feeding. A more predictable schedule will naturally start to emerge, usually around 5 months of age, when babies are able to handle longer stretches of wakefulness, and thus, end up having fewer naps.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misleading information available regarding what a schedule should look like; when to start implementing it; and what a baby ‘should’ be learning to do at a certain age.
Swipe through for some do’s and don’ts on infant sleep schedules here!