Your little girl is getting so good at so many things. So when is she going to learn that nighttime is for sleeping? You may well spend a good part of her first years wondering if you’ll ever get a good night’s rest ever again. The good news is, all babies figure out the baby sleep schedule eventually.
By the way, good nutrition basics lead to good sleep. If her belly is full and she's getting all the nutrients she needs to grow and develop, she's more likely to sleep for longer stretches before needing more.
Here are some of the milestones you can expect when it comes to baby sleeping patterns.
Birth to 3 Weeks
She'll sleep between 12 and 20 hours a day, day or night, and wake every 2-3 hours for meals.
Some babies are better at being awake during the day and sleeping at night than others. The important thing is that she gets the rest she needs for brain development.
If you feed or change her at night, do it quickly and quietly with the lights low. Rock her back to sleep or pat her gently. Quiet music is good too.
Her sleep style is probably established by now, for better or worse. Try to create schedules that work for both of you.
She may be staying up for longer stretches now, and sleeping for longer ones too. She may even be sleeping and waking like grownups now, though she should nap several times during the day and may need a late-night feeding.
Since she's so much more aware of her surroundings at this point, it may be harder for her to settle down for bed at night. Keep a steady baby sleep schedule at night like a warm bath followed by a feeding and a story to soothe her.
Many parents find that at this point their babies have settled into a comfortable sleeping routine. However, yours may also be experiencing some stranger anxiety or separation anxiety that causes her to wake up looking for you, or to resist going to sleep. Try staying in the room with her (but not holding her) until she's drowsier. And leave the door open a crack when you leave, so she can still hear you.
All that moving around all day can tire her out. Continuing with your winding-down routine at bedtime can help you both get the restful night's sleep you've been dreaming about.