In this article, we are going to cover off the ideal baby sleep schedule, and just how much sleep they should be getting on average.
We will also provide some guidance on what to do if your little one is not sleeping, nor be getting the amount of rest they need at their specific age group.
Ensuring that your child gets enough sleep is one of the most important parental duties that is often overlooked.
A healthy amount of sleep ensures proper development of the child and whilst seemingly obvious, not getting enough sleep can actually cause problems later on in its life.
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.