A Village to Raise a Child — Baby Sleep Patterns

Baby Sleep at 9-12 months

Baby Sleep Patterns

Baby Sleep at 9-12 months

By Vandita Rajesh At 9 months most babies are able to drop one nap and be active with just 2 naps. Total sleep needed is about 12-15 hours in a 24 hours period. Sleep Requirements 9-to-12 Month Old Babies Nighttime Sleep Naps Number of naps 10-12 hours 2-3 hours 2 naps  Sample Sleep Schedule Wake up Nap 1 Nap 2 Bedtime 7 am 9 am to 10 am 1 pm to 3 pm 7 pm Around 9 months of age, your baby may experience pain or discomfort arising from teething or working through developmental changes such as crawling and walking....

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Baby Sleep at 6-8 months

Baby Sleep Patterns

Baby Sleep at 6-8 months

By Vandita Rajesh   Your baby at 6 months will gradually move to longer stretches of sleep and lesser number of daytime naps compared to the early newborn days. At this time being consistent in the sleep routine and strengthening the sleep associations discussed in the earlier posts Initial Steps in Baby Sleep Routine and Setting the Bedtime Routine are critical to follow to ensure that sleep habits are well developed. Sleep Requirements for 6-to-8 Month Old Babies Total sleep needed is about 12-15 hours in a 24 hours period. Nighttime Sleep Naps Number of naps 10-12 hours 2-3 hours...

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Baby Sleep at 4-6 months

Baby Sleep Patterns

Baby Sleep at 4-6 months

By Vandita Rajesh From 4 to 12 months most babies need about 12 to 15 hours of sleep (including daytime naps). Few babies may need less sleep but if your little one is sleeping less than 10 hours or more than 18 hours please consult with your doctor. Sleep Requirements for 4-to-6 Month Old Babies Nighttime Sleep Naps Number of naps 8-12 hours 3-5 hours 3 to 4 naps Sample Sleep Schedule Wake up Nap 1 Nap 2 Nap 3 Bedtime 7 am 9 am to 10 am 12 pm to 1:30 pm 4 pm to 5 pm 7 pm...

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Setting the Bedtime Routine

Baby Sleep Patterns

Setting the Bedtime Routine

By Vandita Rajesh Between 6 to 8 weeks your little one will gradually be awake for more time. This is a good time to start the bedtime routine. Some babies can sleep for slightly longer stretches and setting a consistent bedtime will help to set the stage. Early bedtime A 7pm bedtime is great because babies often get tired and cranky by late evening. Many mothers and fathers are confused as to why by the the late evening the little one is so restless. For a new baby everything they see is new and the brain works very hard to...

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Initial Steps in Baby Sleep Routine

Baby Sleep Patterns

Initial Steps in Baby Sleep Routine

By Vandita Rajesh For newborn babies the circadian rhythm has not set in, so it is not a good time to start a sleep schedule. The two-four hour sleep cycle will continue for the first month. Planning to engage family members to assist you will be very helpful.  Rocking and Nursing In the early days it is ok to hold, carry, rock, bounce, or nurse your baby to sleep. Babies have been in the womb where they are used to slow swaying movement in the womb. However, carrying on these sleep associations for a prolonged time creates sleep dependence on...

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