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?
Hours Per Day
1-4 weeks old
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
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:
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
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
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.
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