How much sleep does your baby need?

Making sure your baby gets enough sleep typically ranks high among a parent’s concerns. Every baby is different, and some need more sleep than others. But there are general guidelines on how many hours of sleep the average child requires at various ages.

Schedule your baby’s naps and meals at the same times each day to get him used to being in a routine. This predictability helps him stay calm and happy, which makes it easier for him to settle down to sleep.

Here is a sleep chart that I found on Pinterest (unfortunately there was not an original source).

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Sleep Tips

Newborn-2 Month Sleep Tips

Newborns sleep in 2- to 4-hour interval and they wake up to eat. Babies this age tend to stir and look restless during sleep. Since they can’t control their reflexes, it’s common to see them twitch their arms and legs, smile and make noises. Newborns aren’t born knowing how to soothe themselves to sleep, so you may need to help with tricks like using a pacifier, swaddling or breastfeeding.

2-4 Month Sleep Tips

Babies this age may sleep for many hours straight at night and get some naps during the day. To get baby on a good sleep routine, make sure to play and expose her to lots of sunlight during the day and avoid over-stimulating her when it’s dark out. Starting a pre-bedtime sleep routine  (like bath, feeding, story time) can help your baby to sleep through the night for longer stretches.

4-6 Month Sleep Tips

Babies this age will start to quit nighttime feedings and are usually ready to sleep through the night, anywhere from 6- to 12-hour stretches.

6-12 Month Sleep Tips

Some babies stop sleeping through the night now because of separation anxiety. It’s OK to go in and check on your crying baby, but keep visits short and try (as hard as it is) NOT to pick her up or feed her. Try rubbing her back, singing a soothing lullaby and ducking out after a few minutes.

1-2 Year Sleep Tips

Active toddlers can have trouble relaxing and winding down at night – causing bedtime battles. Try to keep things as calm as possible in the evenings, sticking to soothing activities like bath and story time. Once baby learns to climb out of the crib, she may attempt to snuggle in bed with you. This is a hard-to-break habit, so if you don’t want to start a co-sleeping situation, bring her back to her own room.

2-5 Year Sleep Tips

Toddler and preschooler sleep problems include procrastinating and resisting bedtime, getting out of their big-kid beds when they wake at night, and developing night fears. Stick to a bedtime routine and sleep schedule, make sure your kids understand the rules and be consistent about enforcing them. Using a nightlight can comfort kids who tend to get scared of the dark or have nightmares.

Sources:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-much-sleep-do-babies-and-toddlers-need_7645.bc

How Much Sleep And How Many Naps Does My Baby Need? How About My Toddler? Sleep And The Breastfed Child…

http://www.parents.com/baby/sleep/basics/age-by-age-guide/

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