As I am sure you are fast finding out, your baby’s sleep changes rapidly!
The first 2 years are full of constant change… just when you think you’ve nailed it, another curveball is thrown your way and you’re trying to solve the next puzzle!
No wonder you’re all so exhausted!
So to help keep things a little simpler for you, we’ve listed below AVERAGE day sleep totals for your little one - call it an early Christmas present, you’re so welcome!
Just to be super duper clear, these are averages! Some babies will sleep more and some will sleep less, the best indicator of how things are going is your nights.
Well-rested babies have shown to respond better to night sleep when there are restorative and balanced naps in place. So if there are multiple wakes overnight, there is likely something else going on that will need investigating!
So without further delay here are your Day Sleep Totals:
|WEEKS 1 - 3||6 HOURS|
|WEEKS 4- 6||4- 5 HOURS|
|WEEKS 7 - 12||4 HOURS|
|4 MONTHS||3 - 4 HOURS|
|5 MONTHS||3 - 3.5 HOURS|
|6 MONTHS||3 HOURS|
|7 - 9 MONTHS||2.5 - 3 HOURS|
|9 MONTHS||2.5 HOURS|
|12 MONTHS||2.5 HOURS|
|15 - 18 MONTHS||2 - 2.5 HOURS|
|18 MONTHS - 2 YEARS||1.5 - 2 HOURS|
|2 - 3 YEARS||2 HOURS REDUCING TO 1 HOUR|
BEFORE DROPPING IT
*get ready for that rollercoaster!*
Phew.. now you see it, you can REALLY appreciate just how much change is going on! Heck, even your little person can’t keep up!
This is the first piece of the puzzle - day sleep in terms of totals... but that's not all you'll need!
We need to wise up on the following:
👉 The number of naps
👉 The lengths of those naps
👉 The timing of those naps
So let’s chat the Number of Naps per age group! This totally depends on how long your baby sleeps for each nap, you may find you need more naps if your little one is catnapping.
|Weeks 1 - 6||3 - 5 naps|
|Weeks 7 - 12||3 - 4 naps|
|4 - 6 Months||3 naps|
|6 - 9 Months||2 - 3 naps|
|9 - 15 Months||2 naps|
|5 - 18 Months||1 - 2 naps|
|18 Months - 3 Years||1 nap|
Now comes the trickier part… the timing!
Timing is EVERYTHING! A blog to come on this very soon!
A well balanced nap routine really boosts quality sleep, reducing the chance your baby fighting sleep due to over-tiredness or under-tiredness.
We can't wait to support your family to better sleep soon!