What Does Your Baby's Sleep Rhythm Look Like?

12-05-2020
What Does Your Baby's Sleep Rhythm Look Like?

Sleep is essential, more so for babies. Without proper sleep, your child may not grow and develop in the best way. It is important to support your child as it develops its own sleep rhythm. In this article, we will look at how much sleep your baby needs at each stage of development.

Sleep Rhythm of Your Baby in the First Few Weeks

The sleep pattern of your baby depends on their age. In the first few weeks, they will not be aware of day and night and will sleep almost throughout the day. No baby is the same, but most of them will spend between 16 and 20 hours sleeping every day. Usually, babies at this age don't spend three continuous hours sleeping. They will wake up now and then to eat, after which they will go back to sleep.

Sleep Rhythm After the First 2 to 4 Months

After the first 2 or 3 months, the sleep pattern of your baby will start to show more structure. They will sleep for longer hours continuously without having to wake up for meals. They will also start understanding the difference between day and night. To support this development, make sure you keep the house silent and dark at night. When they grow to become 6 months old, they should already have a regular day and night sleep rhythm. On average, they will spend 14 or 15 hours sleeping. At night, they can spend about 8 hours sleeping continuously.

One good way of supporting the development of their sleeping pattern is by adding a sleep ritual. At around 4 to 6 months, you should consider reading them a bedtime story, reciting verses, or singing songs as they relax to sleep. Their brains will naturally associate the rituals with bedtime.

Sleep Rhythm from 7 to 9 Months

At this age, your baby will sleep for about 14 hours every day. Some of them might even be able to sleep for a full 9 hours at night without waking up at any point. Don't be alarmed if your child spends 5 or 6 hours of the night asleep, as this is also quite common. Babies at this age will still take several naps throughout the day.

Sleep Rhythm from 10 Months

At 10 months, your baby will still spend about 14 hours of the day asleep. However, they may be able to sleep for a continuous 10 hours at night. The other four hours are covered in naps during the day. Usually, they will take two naps, each of about 2 hours.

Sleep Rhythm From 12 Months

At 1 year, your baby will still need about 14 hours of sleep, but they will spend more time sleeping at night. The day naps will get shorter and shorter as they grow. When they hit 1.5 years, they will only take one nap of between 1 and 3 hours. The afternoon naps usually last till the child gets to 5 years. The only difference is that they will get shorter and shorter.

You should note that every baby is different, and this guide is just a generalisation. For this reason, it may be useful to keep a diary so that you record the times when your baby is sleeping and when they are awake. You can also choose to record the time they spend awake continuously. Check the schedule below to see the average waking times for babies at different ages.

Average Waking Times for Babies at Different Ages

Age

Waking time

0-2 weeks

30-45 minutes

2-6 weeks

45-60 minutes

7-12 weeks

60-75 minutes

3-5 months

1-2 hours

6-12 months

2-4 hours

12-18 months

3-4 hours

 

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