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How do babies’ sleep patterns change as they age?

Expectations for your baby’s sleep depend in part on his age. A two-day-old will sleep very differently from a two-month-old, and again from a 10-month old or even two-year-old. Your strategies should vary accordingly (if you can keep your own eyes open long enough to think, which is no guarantee). As your baby goes through developmental shifts and changes, his sleep will likely be disrupted for a short while. Babies working hard on mastering grasping, vocalizing, sitting, or any other skill will likely have this “drive to succeed” break into their nighttime sleep. Reassure them that they can practice in the morning, and that it’s time for sleep.

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