Last Update: 1st February 2020
In this article, we are going to cover off the ideal baby sleep schedule, and just how much sleep they should be getting on average.
We will also provide some guidance on what to do if your little one is not sleeping, nor be getting the amount of rest they need at their specific age group.
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Ensuring that your child gets enough sleep is one of the most important parental duties that is often overlooked.
A healthy amount of sleep ensures proper development of the child and whilst seemingly obvious, not getting enough sleep can actually cause problems later on in its life.
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So as a yard stick the average amount of sleep a child needs can be charted based on their age.
We use the following as a guideline.
HOW MANY HOURS OF SLEEP DO CHILDREN NEED?
|Age||Hours Per Day||Notes|
|1-4 weeks old||15-16||Newborns sleep the most, but only in short intervals of two to four hours.
N.B. Premature babies may sleep more than this.
Newborns do not have a developed biological clock, and their sleeping patterns are not related to daylight or the night time cycles, they just sleep whenever they feel like it (in a bit of a random manner).
|1-4 months old||14-15||By the end of the second month of his life the baby is setting down a bit, and if you look closely, you can notice a more regular sleeping patterns.
Now the baby sleeps in intervals between four to six hours and the day-night cycle confusion begins to settle down.
|4-12 months old:||14-15||At this point, babies have a much more regular day-nighttime biological clock and can sleep somewhat calmly through the night.
While fifteen hours of sleep is ideal, most babies at this stage in their life get only twelve hours of sleep on average.
This is why it's your duty as the parent to set proper napping habits so the baby can compensate those few missing hours and continue to develop properly.
|1-3 years old||12-14||By the end of his first year of life and as it enters the second, the little one will no longer need as many naps.
These usually come down from three to one nap a day while still maintaining a regular nighttime sleep cycle.
Remember, these numbers are just guidelines.
In the next paragraph, I will present similar numbers for sleeping requirements.
This time they will be divided into specific categories such as naps and daytime/nighttime sleeping routines to help you plan accordingly.
CHILD SLEEP PATTERN BY AGES
|Age||Nighttime (hours)||Daytime (hours)||Average Hours of Sleep|
I appreciate some of this can feel a tad overwhelming if you take the advice far too literally.
You just need to take these as guidelines as you look to introduce a regular pattern that suits your child.
Do not try to get too precise or stress out if/when your little one’s pattern deviates slightly from the tables above.
HOW TO ENSURE THAT YOUR TODDLER HAS PROPER SLEEPING HABITS?
Things such as having a consistent & soothing nightly sleeping routine.
Such as having an appropriate set bed time, putting him to sleep at night while he’s still awake but noticeably sleepy and drowsy. This timing along can help your child settle down with his own biological clock.
If he wakes up at night, then do provide company (not necessarily picking him up) but being in the room, have the lights dimmed and to talk into it in a soft, soothing voice.
you should consider one of these soothing machines too – for when you’re not in the room.
This can work wonders to providing that comfort and security to get him back to sleep, especially if they wake crying.
Feeding time and nap schedule should be repeatable at the approximately same time every day, so it gets used to the routine, gets comfortable with it and keeps him or her happy.
This way you can avoid unneeded nuances and will help your baby keep calm.
EFFECTS OF BAD SLEEPING SCHEDULES FOR BABIES
It has been proven that a proper night time sleep is as important to toddlers and babies, are as important as healthy eating and exercising.
It provides a healthy balance for a child’s growth and development.
Did you know?
Not getting enough sleep can lead to obesity.
Children who don’t get enough sleep will tend to eat starchy and sugary foods.
This often defaults to help them stay awake and to compensate for not having natural energy.
Natural energy sources and vitality are significantly improved when they’re sleeping properly.
Young children who don’t get enough sleep can throw tantrums, be distressed, loud, irritable and so forth.
This is can also be mistaken for ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which in reality is just side effects of the child’s body not producing enough melatonin with proper and adequate sleep.
BEST SLEEPING CONDITIONS FOR A BABY
Besides the basic things we already covered; introducing a consistent feeding and nap time pattern there are also some simple things you can do to enhance that sleeping environment
Their nursery room should be darkened, noise free and have proper ventilation to help him achieve a deep sleep.
Also, consider having a dimmer so you can adjust the lights accordingly.
Do not to make it too bright.
Always ensure your voice is soothingly and calmly.
Also, have nourishment, milk or water if it needs available for the dead of night as this may be all that’s needed to get them back over.
Essentially, It all boils down to monitoring your child’s sleeping behaviour (MBP36S By Motorola on of the best baby video monitors on the market) and making corrections in it where ever you think you should.
Plan accordingly for when they wake and make any trips to the nursery as slick, calming and effective as possible.
LULLABIES FOR BEDTIME
I hope that this article was helpful to any parent that may be struggling to help their children develop healthy sleeping habits.
Please do keep in mind that every child is different and there’s no need to stress if some of the things we talked about are not exactly as expected with your little one.
If you do your best to in still habits and are consistent, then they’ll develop correctly, seems happy, content and not distressed.
You’ll be doing your job. And a great one at that!
Either way, good luck to all new parents who might use the information of the article for the betterment of their children’s sleep patterns, and their own sanity into the mix