Wondering about baby’s sleep? Looking for a sleep cheat sheet?
Natural Mat to the rescue! Here’s a rough guide to how your baby sleeps. Keep in mind, this is just a guide. It’s not at all exact, and your baby could be very different. Babies are people, too, and like adults they have different needs and preferences. If you’re truly concerned about baby’s sleep, consult with your doctor or a professional, gentle sleep expert.
Baby’s Sleep? How Much Sleep Does Baby Need?
How many Naps?
3-6 Months = 3 Naps a Day
6-14 Months = 2 Naps a Day
15-36 Months = 1 Nap a Day
How Much Total Sleep in Hours Per Day?
0-3 Months = 16-18
3-6 Months = 15
6-12 Months = 13-14
12+ = 12-13
Finally, a quick video about newborn sleep…
Baby Sleep Guide from Newborn to 6 Months
Every baby is different, but these guidelines should help you better understand baby’s sleep patterns and give you hope for longer nights! Just keep in mind that babies aren’t meant to sleep through the night. Physiologically, most (but not all) babies need to wake up for food, comfort, or any number of reasons so try not to push baby to sleep longer than she’s ready. It’ll only cause more frustration for you and for her!
While it may be hard at first, just keep reminding yourself that your baby won’t be a baby forever. Babies, and even toddlers, have erratic sleep patterns and tend to have sleep regressions when they’re going through growth and mental spurts … so they’re not actually regressing, but progressing!
Looking for strategies to help your body make it through the night so you can get some sleep? Be sure to check out:
Develop a rhythm for you and your baby. Build a consistent bedtime routine. Keep the nighttime low key for everyone.
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