Getting your baby to bed can sometimes prove to be a true challenge for new parents. If you haven’t had the experience of being tired and cranky yourself, while on top of it dealing with a tired and cranky baby, you will probably never understand this struggle until you experience it firsthand. Let us help you by sharing with you some facts about babies and sleep. Understanding better the situation will allow you to help your baby sleep better and in return you will also get some rest. So, it’s a win-win situation just after you read this article!
How Much Sleep Do Babies Need?
This is something a lot of parents unfortunately do not know, but it is not like your baby will come to this world with a manual. Babies in fact need different amounts of sleep, and this depends mostly on their age. Smaller babies need more sleep in general, as well as wakeful and sleeping sessions alternating during entire day and night. This chart is generalized, but more or less it should give you an idea of how much sleep your child needs at what age.
0 – 2 months
On average, newborn babies need a lot of sleep, somewhere between 15-18 hours of sleep. This sleep is spread out over the day and night in 2-hour or 4-hour intervals which are interrupted with waking periods so that the newborn could eat.
2 – 4 months
On average, the children at this age need a bit less sleep than newborn babies, somewhere between 14-17 hours of sleep. The night sleep is longer and could last to six-hour during the night. A pre-bedtime routine, such as a warm bath could help soothe the baby and prepare it for sleep.
4 – 6 months
The babies that are about to hit a six-month mark need about 14-16 hours of sleep during the night and are ready to quit their nighttime feedings. The night sleep could last anywhere from 6 to 12 hours.
6 – 12 months
Babies that have crossed the six-month mark can sleep through the night, but need to have a couple of daytime naps as well. However, some babies could feel separation anxiety which could prevent their nighttime sleep.
1 – 2 years
Active toddlers can sleep during the entire night, but need a daytime nap as well. Try to soothe them and put them to bed by telling them a story and keeping the atmosphere as relaxed and calm as possible.