So how is it feeling to be a new mom? If your baby’s sleeping schedule interfering with his and yours health? It is the time that you get a proper baby schedule. In order to understand how much and when your baby should sleep, you must be familiar with baby sleep schedule. Although there is no standard for how much a baby should sleep, but many experts give their opinions for the best possible schedule.
Here‘s an estimate sleep schedule for newborn babies. You must still remember that kids are different from each other, and some babies may need to sleep more or little less than others.
0 to 2 months – The ideal total sleep time is 16-18 hours, which may include 8-9 hours’ sleep during nighttime and 7-9 hours’ sleep in 3 to 5 naps.
2 to 4 months – If your baby is between 2 to 4 months, he may need around 14-16 hours of sleep in total, out of which 9-10 hours is sufficient for nighttime and 4-5 hours during the day in around 3 naps.
4 to 6 months – Babies at this age need around 10 hours sleep during nighttime and 4-5 hours additional sleep in 2 or 3 naps.
6 to 9 months – Around 14 hours of sleep in total, out of which 10-11 hours during the night and 3-4 hours in 2 naps.
9 to 12 months – Babies at 9 months or more age tend to sleep more during night and less during the daytime. The ideal sleep duration is 10-12 hours during the night and 2-3 hours in 2 naps.
If your baby’s current sleeping schedule is not working for him, you might need to change it. It is even worse if your baby doesn’t have a sleeping schedule at all. In that case, parents should start working on establishing a sleeping routine for their baby. First of all, you need to find the perfect baby sleeping schedule according to the age of your baby.
Once you get the schedule, you need to make some ground rules to follow the schedule strictly. Try to put your baby in bed almost at the same time every night and wake him up at the same time every day in the morning.
It is not easy for babies to get accustomed with a regular sleeping schedule, but once they develop sleep habits, it is ever harder to change the schedule after 3 months or so. If the current sleeping schedule is not good enough or doesn’t fit the ideal schedule for the baby, you may need to change it. Read more to know how to do that.
If your baby falls asleep early every night and wakes up early in the morning, you should try putting him down a little later in the nighttime, so that he gets to sleep some more in the morning. You might even try eliminating or shortening one of baby’s naps to increase other ones. It is still important for a baby to get at least 2 or 3 naps a day until he turns minimum 18 months old.
You can also try putting light in baby’s room at a specific time to help him understand the difference between daytime and nighttime.
The best baby sleep schedule is the one that agrees with your baby and keeps him happy and content for the day and night. All kids are different, and you never know what might work with your baby. So, the best thing is to keep trying until you find the best sleep schedule for your baby, and once you find it, you got to stay glued to it.
Being on schedule is very important and helpful for the baby as well as for the mom. If your baby is taking regular naps, according to his schedule, you may also get some free moments for yourself. A new mom has to take care of a lot of things besides the baby, and it is only when you both follow the schedule, you might find enough time for everything.
If your baby is having problem with his eating habits or schedule, you may need to change the feeding environment to a more comfortable one. Similarly, you can try creating a specific good-night song to be sung every night to the baby before he goes to sleep. These things help creating a routine for the baby, and once is gets habitual, your problem gets resolved.