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How Much Sleep Does Baby Need?

Making sure your baby gets enough sleep is typically a high priority for every parent.

Babies spend the majority of their day sleeping. The normal amount of time that babies sleep depends on their age.

Here are general guidelines on how many hours of sleep the average baby requires at various ages, but keep in mind that every child is different – some need more sleep than others. Also, be prepared for your little one’s sleep patterns to fluctuate quite a bit as baby develops and reaches new milestones.

How Many Hours of Sleep Does My Baby Need?

Newborn

🌙 Nighttime: 8 1/2
Daytime: 8 1/2 (varied number of naps)
💤Average Total Sleep: 17

1 month

🌙 Nighttime: 9
Daytime: 8 (varied number of naps)
💤Average Total Sleep: 17

2-3 months

🌙 Nighttime: 10
Daytime Sleep: 6 (three naps)
💤Average Total Sleep: 16

Because babies don’t recognize daytime from nighttime until they’re a bit older, they need our social cues to learn when to sleep more and when to play more. You can learn your baby onto day regime with daylight and with daytime noises. Bedtime should be very dark and include white noise or non noises at all.

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Baby should be napping throughout the day and waking frequently to feed at night. Baby may take 4-6 naps a day lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Night sleep should have longer periods of sleep, but still waking every 3-4 hours. In total, expect to have 11-17 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period.

Your baby’s sleep is really determined by their feeding needs. With a stomach the size of an egg, baby needs frequent feedings which wakes them frequently.

Newborns are the perfect sleeper for their individual and developmental age appropriate needs.

4-6 months

🌙 Nighttime: 10
Daytime: 5 (two or three naps)
💤Average Total Sleep: 15

In these months of baby‘s you should begin to notice that baby is waking less to feed at night and stretching out their wake time thru the day.

Your 4-6 months old baby should be getting 3-3,5 hours of daytime sleep spread across three to four naps and then sleeping 11-12 hours at night. It is completely normal and healthy for them to continue waking for one-two feeding.

Baby is developmentally ready for a sleep routine. Many parents find that their baby suddenly forgot the difference between night and day and is demanding nighttime slumber parties! This is pretty normal. If you find your infant is challenging you during naps and bedtime, it may be time to start a sleep routine.

How will you know when the sleep routine time is right? If your baby is refusing naps, seems grumpy, and is frequently waking at night.

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7-9 months

🌙 Nighttime: 11
Daytime: 3 1/2 (two naps)
💤Average Total Sleep: 14 ½

10-12 months

🌙 Nighttime: 11
Daytime: 3 (two naps)
💤Average Total Sleep: 14

Sometime around 8 months you may find that a third nap is a struggle and your baby is waking up too early for the day. These are signs that they are ready to drop down to a two naps schedule.

Baby still may need 2-3 hours of sleep split between those two naps and 11-12 hours of night sleep.

Your baby may also be ready to drop off night feedings, but it’s completely normal to continue to until closer to 12 months.

This is a time typically filled with many sleep disruptions, such as teething or a new milestone. Staying consistent with your routine and letting them practice their new skill as much as possible between naps will help you get back on track quicker.

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Older 12 months

🌙 Nighttime: 11
Daytime: 2 1/2 (one nap)
💤Average Total Sleep: 13 ½

Happy One Year! You have a toddler now!

This month comes with many obstacles, but also tons of fun.

 Try to keep your baby in their crib as long as possible, and even closer to 3 years, to avoid any serious bedtime and naptime protests.

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Typical sleep ranges are becoming tighter with less sleep time required and will continue to do so for the rest of their lives. Baby should be sleeping 11-12 hours thru night and getting 1,5-3 hours of daytime sleep over 1-2 naps. You’ll know when it’s time to drop that second nap when they are lasting longer and sometimes getting too close to bedtime.

What Can You Do if Your Baby Doesn’t Sleep Enough?

Parents who have concerns about their baby’s sleep should start by speaking with a pediatrician. Keeping a sleep diary to track your baby’s sleep patterns may help the doctor determine if your baby’s sleep has a normal pattern or may reflect a potential sleeping problem.

For babies who struggle to sleep through the night, behavioral changes may encourage longer sleep sessions. For example, reducing the speed of response to awakenings may encourage self-soothing, and gradually pushing back bedtime may create more sleepiness that helps a baby stay asleep longer.

It may also be beneficial to improve sleep hygiene by creating a consistent sleep schedule and routine and ensuring that the baby has a calm and quiet environment for sleep.

Final Tip: Annie Baby Monitor – Your Baby Sleep Solution Helper

Learn all about your baby’s sleep cycleswith Annie Baby Monitor, your go-to helper for understanding your little one’s snooze patterns.

With its advanced features – sleep history and sleep tracker, you can easily track and analyze your baby’s sleep cycles, giving you the knowledge you need to create the perfect sleep routine.

Say goodbye to fussy baby and let Annie Baby Monitor guide you through the world of newborn sleep cycle charts, ensuring your baby gets the peaceful and restful sleep they need.

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