Best Advice For Great Results With Baby Nap
best advice for great results with baby nap
"How often should my baby nap" is a question I'm often asked.
Newborns require about sixteen hours of sleep a day, with about half of that
being made up of naps during the day. Babies will usually sleep about two hours
at a time at first, gradually sleeping longer at night.
However, most children still need naps until they are about four. If a baby
doesn't nap enough during the day, or too much, it will affect their night-time
It is important to set up a nap routine, just as
it is important to have a bedtime routine.
Setting Up A Baby Nap Routines
While these routines can have some steps in common, like having the pacifier
or a lullaby, having slight differences is fine. The nap routine should be a bit
shorter, as sometimes the babies will become more awake and have a second wind
and be harder to put down for a nap.
Your baby will start to give you hints that they are ready for a nap, beyond
the obvious yawning. They will rub their eyes, not want to play with their toys,
and sometimes just start getting cranky. Sometimes they will ask for their
pacifier or to nurse, even if they aren't hungry.
How Often And How Long Should My Baby Nap?
It varies by age and by child.
Newborns normally have a very "on again off again" schedule. They
normally sleep around two hours at a time around the clock. As long as they are
getting about sixteen hours in a twenty-four hour period, the length between
naps may vary.
As your child gets older, the naps get longer
and are spaced further apart.
By about one month old, babies usually need about an hour less sleep
and are able to sleep about three hours or so between feedings. So they have
about nine hours spread through the night with about six hours of napping by
day. They will adjust to the new schedule, so be aware that you may have to
adjust your daily routine to fit their needs.
Three months old is about the age when many babies are finally able to
sleep through the night. This is a huge relief for parents, as they are able to
start getting more sleep as well. Babies start sleeping about nine or ten hours
at night, and only nap about five hours.
At six months, babies usually only need about two two-hour naps during
the day. They will still be sleeping about ten hours or so at night. You may
find the baby waking during the night. It could be that they just need
reassurance that you are there. It could also mean they need their naptime
adjusted. Sometimes children who nap too much during the day will wake up during
After about nine months, most children only need one nap. They will
probably nap about three hours, maybe even only two, as they get closer to a
year old. They are much more active and the longer nap during the early
afternoon will let them be rested for their activities for the rest of the day
and not be too awake by bedtime.
As they become toddlers, many children are very resistant to a nap. It
is a good idea to at least encourage a "quiet time", when they snuggle up with
you for a story time. Or you could encourage them to be in their room and play
quietly; a nap might sneak up on them.