It’s important for your baby to have the right amount of sleep during the day. Not too much, and not too little. A good amount will ensure a good night’s sleep for baby and Mom. Ideally, your baby’s day should start at 7 am and end at 7 pm, according to his age and needs.
A number of daytime naps are important. Here is a helpful list for recommended daytime sleep.
Birth – 4 weeks 5 hours
4 – 8 weeks 4 – 4 1/2 hours
8 – 12 weeks 3 1/2 hours
3 – 6 months 3 hours
6 – 12 months 2 1/2 – 3 hours
12 – 15 months 2 1/2 hours
18 – 24 months 2 hours
2 – 2 1/2 years 1 – 2 hours
2 1/2 – 3 years 0 – 1 hour
If you allow your child too much sleep during the day, this will result in difficulty in getting your child to sleep at night.
How do you know if your child is ready to drop their daytime nap?
- You child does not sleep well during nap time and is restless, and takes a long time to fall asleep.
- Your child can remain happy and energetic before bed time.
- When you child has a daytime nap, you find they then stay up later than usual with difficulty in going to sleep.
- They can go for car rides early in the day without falling asleep.
Most children switch from two naps to one between ages 12 and 24 months. And Many Moms will agree that girls tend to drop their daytime nap a lot earlier than boys. Morning naps involve more dreaming, or REM sleep, making them crucial for infants and young babies. It’s important to monitor his behavior to make sure he is really ready to transition to one nap a day.
A recent study pooled data from 26 studies and analysed the findings, which were published online in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. They found consistent, but not particularly high quality, evidence indicating that napping beyond the age of two increases the amount of time it takes for a child to fall asleep and shortens the overall amount of night-time sleep.
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