Every doting mother wants to see their little ones grow up into vibrant and fun children. This is something that can only be achieved if they are getting ample sleep. It is true that we should take care of the nutrition of young babies, but nothing can be more important than the good night’s sleep. It helps them develop and gives them the overall rest which is crucial for the babies to grow up into strong and intelligent little individuals, traits that every parent wants in their kids.
This is why you will see that the doctors these days give more stress on sleeping patterns and habits of babies which is something we should ponder on. Hence we will try to provide you with a baby sleeping guide which will assist you, especially the new mommies trying to take care of their little angels better.
The first year is the most important in the life of a baby and the thing that you have to give extra attention to is sleep duration of the kids. You must understand that the amount of sleep needed in humans depends on their age and the younger they are, the more sleep they need. Here are the probable sleep durations that are required by babies at different stages of the first year:
This is the age babies need the most amount of sleep. A minimum of 16 hours of sleep is what is required here with the upper limit reaching 18 hours. The best way to divide the sleep times here is by making sure they get 9 hours of sleep at night and another 7 to 9 hours of sleep divided into small naps during the day.
As they grow up, you have to make sure they get to spend some time with others. Here they need a good 9 to 10 hours of sleeping time at night and another 4 hours of sleep during the day which should be divided into 3 or 4 one hour naps.
This is the period when they need to sleep for at least 14 hours in total with the lion share of the sleep time being at night constituting to 10 hours of the overall sleep. The rest of the 4 hours should be divided into 2 naps of equal times during the day.
The last phase of the first year is where the overall sleep time remains same as the above but with a twist. Here almost 12 hours of sleep should be at night, which will help the little babies replenish their energy better.
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