Sleep Schedule of Babies

 
Sleep Schedule of Babies

It is better to not assume otherwise about your child's sleep before understanding about the ideal sleep hours.

Before worrying about whether the child is sleeping enough or not, keep following things in mind:

  • For a newborn baby, it sleeps 17 to 18 hours normally per day.
  • For a one year old baby, it sleeps for 10 to 12 hours per day.
  • As the baby grows older, the number of hours decrease. By the age of 6 years, your child should be sleeping for at least 9 to 10 hours in a day.
  • If a child stays happy, eats well and stays active all during the day, then whatever sleep the child takes is usually enough.


Most infant babies sleep during the day and are awake at night and this could be irritating and exhausting. It is just a matter of time and your babies will settle with the routine.

Some basic ways can help your baby enjoy sound sleep at night and keep them playful during the day:

  • Keep your child awake for a little extra time than normal during each waking period, this will help to increase the urge to sleep later at night. Try to play with your baby after feeding and do not let them sleep.
  • A little bit of sunlight can help the child settle in the new schedule, get them out in sunlight during early morning (but keep them covered). If you cannot take the child out, keep the crib near the window and allow the baby to enjoy a bright and pleasant morning.
  • Avoid bright lights at night. Keep the lights low and ensure there is no noise around. Any movement can also disrupt a child’s sleep.
  • Swaddle and snug them; this makes them feel secure and comfortable to sleep.
  • Clear the clutter in the crib, keep toys, rattles and blankets away; ensure the crib is clean and clutter free. Baby’s movement should not result in any noise.



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