Are you worried about the amount of sleep your baby or child is getting? There are many worse problems to worry about, including whether they’re eating enough or not. In general, babies and children sleep well when they’re happy and healthy.
Infants(4 to 12 months)
Newborns can sleep as long as 18 hours per day, for between 3 and 4 hours at an interval. It’s normal and good for babies to wake up in the evening to feed. As your child grows older, they’ll be awake for longer during the day and will sleep for longer periods in the night.
Like adults, babies require the appropriate signals to recognize when it’s time to go to sleep. For instance, if you make sure that your baby is always in their crib for a nap and they learn that this is the location in which they sleep. It may not be effective initially, but over time, your child will begin to comprehend.
After 3 months, your child’s sleeping habits will be more consistent, and you can anticipate a regular schedule for nap time. Listen to your baby’s cues, they will tell you when they’re exhausted. A sleep journal can assist you in identifying your child’s routine sleeping patterns.
Babies (birth to 4 months)
At this stage babies are sleeping on average 14 hours every day, however any less or more could occur for your infant. After 4 months, babies require three nap times per day, one morning, afternoon and in the early evening.
Between the ages of 6 and 12 month old, your baby is likely to be able to go from taking three naps per day, to 2 more naps during the day and in the afternoon. The needs of every baby’s nap will differ. Some nap for only 20 minutes and others are able to sleep for three or more hours.
Children (3 to 5 years old)
Preschoolers usually sleep between 7-8 hours of sleep per day. When your child reaches three years old, they’ll probably have one nap per day, however the majority of them will need an additional nap during the day. On certain days, they might require an hour of rest, and other days they might not. Children may stop napping during the day during this time. This is often during lunchtime to allow the child to read or just take a break.
In this stage it’s normal for children to suffer from issues with sleep and have trouble getting to sleep. Sometimes, they also awake in the evening due to fears of nighttime or nightmares.
What Are The Most Frequent Sleep Disorders?
Sleep deprivation: Some children don’t get enough sleep. If you notice that your child’s irritable and cranky or has trouble getting to sleep at night, it could be due to the fact that they’re not getting enough sleep or don’t go to bed in time.
Problems with separation: Children may be unable to relax and go to sleep if they are angry that you’re absent. Give them a cuddle prior to bed, a safety object like an animal or blanket or leave their bedroom door open before putting your child to bed.
Nightmares: Many children suffer from nightmares at one point or some other time. Nightmares can occur following trauma or a physical incident or by fever. Your child might call out to you for help. Talk calmly, snuggle and assure your child.
Help Your Child Get A Good Night’s Rest:
- Sleep on their backs for the first six months of life. This will help them develop a strong core muscle and prevent flat head syndrome.
- Use a pacifier when they wake during the night. Feeding while they’re sleeping will teach them to sleep better, and if they don’t want it anymore, then you can take it away
- Put toys in their bedroom that are calming and that keep out distractions. For example, put them in the corner of their room and make sure the lights are dimmed.
- Keep the temperature in their bedroom comfortable for sleeping. This is another important thing for a good night’s sleep. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 96 degrees or 65 degrees [F] as long as it’s comfortable to them.
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep yourself. That’s why I recommend that parents who have older babies and children sleep in the same bed with them when the baby arrives. You’ll get to know each other better, and your family will be happier because everyone can get a good night’s sleep. Staying up all night can be a problem for the parents.
- Learning about your baby or child’s sleeping patterns at the very young age of birth is also important because this will help you learn more about their needs so that you’ll be able to support them throughout their childhood. Knowing what they like and don’t like will give you a better chance of understanding if they cry too much at night, or if they need to eat more when they wake up during the night.
It’s also important for your baby or child to have a regular routine for their sleep so that their body can get used to when it’s bedtime and when it’s time to wake up. This is another reason why many parents sleep in the same bed as their baby or child because they can do this type of schedule-building more easily when they’re together at night. You might be interested in looking into the baby or child sleeping schedule technique because it can help you develop a regular pattern that your infant or child will get used to over time.