How Long Should It Take for Your Baby to Fall Asleep?

This is a question that I get asked a lot! So, this is a short and sweet blog post that will answer the burning question… how long should it take for your baby to fall asleep?

I like to use the term “journey into sleep”, because sleep does not just happen instantly!  Think about it, do you fall asleep quickly like a flick of a switch? Probably not (although your partner might 😂).  The “journey into sleep” is the time that it takes to wind down and actually fall asleep.

The Journey Into Sleep

For most babies, this can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes.  If your baby is falling asleep the minute you lay them in the crib, most likely your little one is a bit overtired.  Take a look at their schedule and adjust their bedtime a bit earlier.  If your baby is taking longer than 20 minutes to fall asleep, then it is one of two reasons.  Overtired or Under-tired.  If their awake window between their last nap and bedtime is not long enough for their age, then they will not have enough sleep pressure built up for them to fall asleep.  On the flip side, they could also be overtired, causing them to struggle to fall asleep.  The best plan in this situation is to also check to make sure that you are following the proper awake windows and bedtime.

Remember to always:

  1. Follow a bedtime routine.
  2. Make sure that the room is cool and dark, and the bed has no objects in it (other than a mattress and crib sheet) until 12 months (stuffy) and 18 months (blanket and pillow.).
  3. Follow the appropriate awake windows.
  4. Place baby into the bassinet or crib awake.

Sleep is so crucial for our little one’s, and the more educated we are about sleep, the easier it is to identify the issue and help adjust.  Have a newborn baby at home? Read this article from the Mayo Clinic to learn more about the importance of sleep for your new baby.

Now you know how long it should take for baby to fall asleep, but if are feeling like you need more support and guidance  when it comes to your baby and their sleep… take a look at how as a Certified Baby and Toddler Sleep Consultant, I help tired families with my Private Sleep Coaching Packages here. Also, sign up here for my “Getting Started Guide” here, for 5 tips to help get your baby sleeping better tonight!

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