Sleep Schedules for the First Year of Life

Growth and development occur faster in infants and toddlers than it does during any other stage of life. Naps are an important part of this phase because they are what rejuvenates the body, so it can function correctly. As children age, their growth rate slows and their need for so many hours of sleep diminishes. New parents should expect naptime to be a large part of daily life during their child’s first year of life.

Unpredictable Newborn Nappers

Newborns sleep when their body needs it, and there is no way to establish a schedule or detect any type of pattern for these first few weeks. The typical newborn nap could be as short as 15 minutes or last a few hours. Most newborns will take many naps a day because a newborn baby needs as much as 18 hours of sleep a day. Parents should not try to keep a new baby awake to encourage longer naps at night.

Increased Nap Duration

After the age of two months, most babies will begin to reduce the number of naps they take each day and their naps will lengthen. Some infants even start to sleep through the night with only a single meal break for an interruption. From 4-6 months of age, a baby usually takes about three, two-hour naps each day in addition to their nighttime rest. Of course, there are always exceptions and some babies thrive with as little as two or three 30-minute naps.

Establishing Sleep Routines

After they reach the age of six months, it does become easier to develop bedtime and naptime routines. The baby is old enough to sleep throughout the night, although some will still wake up once or twice for comfort instead of food. Generally, a baby that can sleep eight hours a night will only need two naps during the day. How long they nap depends on the child and their activity lev

Talk to a doctor about any concerns related to sleeping too much or too little. In most cases, there is nothing abnormal about their routine because the needs can vary so greatly between children. For all regular day-to-day worries and questions visit the Skirt Girlie website for the advice and tips all new mothers need.