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Is Baby Getting Enough Sleep? April 16, 2009

Filed under: Baby & Toddler — Rachel @ 3:43 pm

No matter how many times I read it, it’s surprising to me how much sleep babies need!  Here’s a refresher:

0-2 months = 10.5 to 18 hours of sleep.  Sleeping patterns are sporadic and nearly impossible to predict.

2-12 months = 14 to 15 hours of sleep.  Work towards establishing regular morning and afternoon naps (a duration of 1-2 hours is typical), plus a healthy bedtime between 8 pm to 9 pm.  Most children will sleep a full 12 hours at night.  Plan your child’s bedtime to allow for 12 hours of sleep on most days, keeping your waking time in mind.

1-3 years = 12 to 14 hours of sleep.  Most one-year-olds will transition to one afternoon nap with a duration of 1-2 hours.  At 2 or 3, children typically reject napping or no longer seem to be able to nap.  When this happens, consider moving that bedtime up to 7 pm, so that they’re still getting a full 12 hours of sleep each night. 

3-5 years = 11 to 13 hours of sleep.  By this time, few children are napping.  Keep a consistent bedtime routine and hour to help your child develop healthy sleep patterns. 

If your baby doesn’t get enough sleep, it can cause increased crankiness and difficulty in falling asleep.  It can also hamper your child’s ability to develop to his or her potential intellectually, emotionally and physically.   The body does most of its growing during sleep, and sleep is so important for proper brain function.   

One last thing – and this is important – ensuring that your child gets enough sleep is important for you too!  Quiet moments during naps or in the late evening, after the children have gone to bed, create precious opportunities for you to accomplish tasks, relish some mommy time, and/or reconnect with your spouse.  As much as we love nourishing our children, let’s not neglect ourselves.


3 Responses to “Is Baby Getting Enough Sleep?”

  1. Sandra Says:

    But, like every other stat that you read, this doesn’t necessarily apply to all babies. Two of my four got my sleeping habits – they just didn’t need much sleep. Bed around 11 or midnight, up around 7 or 8, and only short naps, if any at all. That was all THEY needed – they were happy, healthy, ate great, played great, you name it. But one of my four slept ALLL the time – much more than the “experts” say they need… and one of my four more fits the “average”.

    This is reason #672 why I never read a milestone chart, an expert’s book, or things like these because they just don’t fit every baby… interesting as the information may be!

  2. Looks like you hit it right on. We put the children to bed at around 8:30 and get them up at 5:30. Then they have a 1-2 hour nap during the day.

    I think you should give some suggestions for people who have fussy babies that won’t sleep. What are some “green ideas” to soothe a fussy or colic baby?

    I have tried Baby Calm Essential Oil from Tip 2 Toe Essentials, and that always worked well for me, but I would like to know of some other things that work as well.

  3. Allyssa Says:

    I hate these charts…I can’t get my son to sleep longer and when I read these charts, it makes me crazy! He goes to bed at 8, wakes anywhere from 5-5:30 (if we’re lucky). I didn’t even get him to sleep that long until about 16 months. We’ve read the books, tried the tricks (black-out curtains, white noise, etc.) and its no use…he doesn’t get more than 11 hours of sleep a day. I think he would benefit from more sleep (he tends to be a high-needs/fussy child), but no one has been able to give me a tip for helping him sleep longer. We’ve tried everything, including some crying (No cry sleep solution, my rear–my kid cries whether you are holding him or not), which is how we got him to start sleeping until 5, which is my personal limit. No one needs to be out of their bed before 5 am–its ridiculous! 🙂 Just venting…

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