How much sleep does your baby or toddler need?

Are you clear about how much sleep does your baby or toddler need? You have to make sure your baby or toddler gets enough sleep and this is very keen area for new parents. Below are some guidelines to understand how many hours of sleep the average baby or toddler requires at various ages. But, keep in mind that every child is different and their sleeping patterns are different too. Some babies need more sleep and some babies sleep very little time. Anyway, sleeping is a necessary thing for your baby’s development.

Age Night Time (Hours) Day Time (Hours) Average Total Sleep
Newborn 8 ½ 8 ½ (Varied number of naps) 17
01 Month 9 8 (Varied number of naps) 17
03 Months 10 6 (03 naps) 16
06 Months 10 5 (02 or 03 naps) 15
09 Months 11 3 ½ (02 naps) 14 ½
12 Months 11 3 (02 naps) 14
18 Months 11 2 ½ (01 nap) 13 ½

Source:

http://www.babycenter.com/

Helping your baby or toddler to get enough sleep

Helping your baby or toddler to get enough sleep is very important and you have to play a vital role in that. Don’t try to get your baby in to sleep when he is not sleepy. Put him in to bed when only he is drowsy (but awake). Let your baby to understand the different between day and night. After dark, keep the lights dim, speak softly and minimize interaction with the baby.

Other important thing is schedule your child’s naps at the same time each day. Then you can get him used to that routine.

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