Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Youtube Follow Us on Baby and Me Online

Baby Sleep Patterns

Sleep is important for babies and toddlers to be alert and learn new things and to function at their optimum level. If you are reading this you have probably found out that sleep is important for adults too!

Parents can provide an appropriate environment and opportunity for children to learn how to sleep?

When adults, children and babies have less than adequate amounts of sleep for their age and activity requirements they are often found to be:

  • more whingy
  • unsettled
  • irritable
  • impatient
  • jumpy
  • more tantrums with greater intensity
  • clumsy
  • over-active in their movements
  • regular lack of sleep will also decrease immunity levels creating a greater risk of illness.
  • concentration and tolerance levels drop

Below is a guide for your baby sleep patterns. use it as a guide only as sleep is individual and dependent on physical activity, general health and wellbeing.

Feel free to browse other products relating to SLEEP on this site:

Putting Them To Sleep eBook 

Putting Them To Sleep Session 

Sleep or Behaviour Package

‘Mum, Baby & Toddler – together we learn’ 

‘taste it – easy baby & toddler recipes along with professional child health advice’ book

HOW MUCH / HOW OFTEN
All babies are individual in their needs and you will understand these needs, as you get to know your baby.

Be guided by your babies TIRED SIGNS which may include:

  • grizzling
  • yawning
  • jerky limb movements
  • rubbing eyes
  • frowning
  • pulling at ears
  • clenched fists
Ages Routine Sleep patterns Up time between feeds Down-time Type of play
1-4 wks Feed

Play

sleep

16.5 hrs 1hr 15mins 1-1.5 hrs Likes faces,singing and movement
4 -12 wks Feed

Play

sleep

15 hrs 1-1.5 hrs 1.5 – 2 hrs Mobiles, soft toys, colours, floor play, tummy time
3 -4 mths Feed

Play

Sleep

6 – 10 hrs / night (night feeds)

3-4 day sleeps

1.5 hrs 1.5 – 2 hrs Deliberately
swings out at objects, holds small rattles, books, mirror & music
4 – 6 mths Feed

Play

Sleep

Play

8 – 10 hrs / night (wakes and chatters)feeds not nutritionally required.

2 – 3 day sleeps

1.5 – 2 hrs 2 hrs Holds & touches toys,

transfers from one hand to another, mouths toys

6 – 8 mths Feed

Play

Sleep

Play

11 -12 hrs / night ( no night feeds required)

2 day sleeps

2 hrs 1.5 – 2 hrs Bath toys, vocalizing, toys with moving parts,
rolling and dancing
8 – 10 mths Feed

Play

Sleep

Play

12 hrs a night

2 day sleeps

2.5 – 3 hrs 1 – 2 hrs Peek-a-boo, cloth books, moving toys, dolls, floor play & discovering
10 – 12 mths Feed

Play

Sleep

Play

12 hrs a night

2 day sleeps

3 – 4 hrs 1 – 1.5 hrs Music, stacking blocks, play group, kitchen objects, cruizing around furnature
12 mths + Toddler

Routine

11 – 12 hrs a night,

1 day sleep

4 hrs + 2 – 2.5 hrs total Puzzles, dancing, sandpit, pushbutton or pull along toys, cardboard boxes

Most babies under 8 weeks have one unsettled period a day,

commonly in the evening and one unsettled day per week

Ages Appropriate Sleep Requirement /
24 hours
A daytime nap needs to be finish before 2.30pm or they may be difficult to settle at night.
12 – 18mths 13 – 14 hours

 

 

May have 2 short naps or 1 longer nap of 2½ hrs

The length of nap will depend on how long your child has slept at night and how stimulating or strenuous their day activities have been

18 mths – 3 yrs 12 – 13 hours A large percentage of young children still require daytime naps but again this will vary (1-2½ hrs) depending on their nights sleep and day activities
3 – 5 years 11 – 12 hours Often grown out of needing a regular daytime nap but a quiet time with books after lunch is appropriate and useful.

Toddlers require a day sleep until 2 years old but some will continue until 4 years

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your baby, infant or toddler slept these hours!

It is important for you to learn how you can help your baby to sleep well even if it is not as much as this chart indicates; remember all babies are individual in their needs?

The Putting them to Sleep eBook will answer a lot of the questions you have concerning baby sleep.

Food and nutrition has a significant impact on baby sleep patterns.

If your baby is approaching or over 5 months old you will find my new book ‘taste it’ very helpful and easy to understand. I compiled all the answers to the many questions that parents with babies and children ask. Easy to read and simple to follow. Order your online today.

‘taste it – easy baby & toddler recipes along with professional child health advice’

This article was brought to you by Jan Murray, Private Child Health Consultant who is an internationally renowned expert in her field. Jan encourages parents in the area of infant sleep, nutrition, activities and family balance. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *