We have routine napping and bedtime schedules and strive to maintain consistency between your home and ours.
Here’s a ballpark estimate for how much your baby or child should be sleeping, but we realize that all kids are different, and some may need a little more or less than others.
Total Sleep: 16-18 hours
Nighttime Sleep: 8-9 hours
Naps: 7-9 hours (3-5 naps)
Newborn-2 Month Sleep Tips
- Newborns sleep in 2- to 4-hour intervals, waking up to eat.
- Babies this age tend to stir and look restless during sleep. Because of reflexes they can’t control, it’s common to see them twitch their arms and legs, smile and make sucking noises.
- Newborns aren’t born knowing how to soothe themselves to sleep, so we use tricks like using a pacifier and swaddling to help with this.
2-4 Month Sleep Tips
- Babies this age may sleep for six-hour stretches at night, and settle into more of a set nap schedule now.
- To get baby on a good sleep routine, we make sure to play and expose baby to lots of sunlight during the day and avoid over-stimulating baby when it’s dark out.
- We have a pre-bedtime sleep routine — bath, feeding, story time — which helps ready baby to sleep through the night for longer stretches.
Total Sleep: 12-16 hours
Nighttime Sleep: 9-10 hours
Naps: 4-5 hours (2-3 naps)
4-12 Month Sleep Tips
- Babies this age will start to quit nighttime feedings, and are usually ready to sleep through the night now, anywhere from six- to 12-hour stretches.
- Research shows about 60 percent of babies sleep through by 6 months, up to 80 percent do so by 9 months.
- Remember, all babies wake up sometimes during the night, but those who “sleep through” have learned how to nod off on their own.
Total Sleep: 11-14 hours
Nighttime Sleep: 11 hours
Naps: 2-3 hours (2 naps)
1-2 Year Sleep Tips
- Active toddlers can have trouble relaxing and winding down at night — causing bedtime battles. We keep things as calm as possible in the evenings, sticking to soothing activities like bath and story time.
Total Sleep: 10-13 hours
Nighttime Sleep: [10-11] 10-13 hours
Naps: 0-1 hours (naps usually stop by age 5)
2-5 Year Sleep Tips
- Toddler and preschooler sleep problems include procrastinating and resisting bedtime, getting out of their big-kid beds when they wake at night, and developing night fears.
- We stick to a bedtime routine and sleep schedule, and we make sure your child understand the rules and be consistent about enforcing them.
- We do use a nightlight or special stuffed animal to comfort kids who tend to get scared of the dark or have nightmares.