Stephanie Linder of Community Outreach for Sleep Help reached out to me and supplied me with some really interesting sleep information. The following post includes solid tips on how to ensure your little one is getting the right amount of sleep and how to put them to bed. You can visit www.sleephelp.org for additional information.
There’s no denying that healthy sleep for children can be tough at any stage. Perhaps the hardest thing about children’s sleep is that it’s almost always changing. What works for newborns may not work for a six month old, and preschoolers sleep much differently than teenagers. All of these changes can leave parents confused and frustrated, especially when children experience sleep difficulties.
But even though healthy child sleep is sometimes difficult, it’s important that parents and caregivers work with children to develop good sleep habits. Without enough sleep, children suffer. They experience moodiness, decreased cognitive ability, difficulty at school, even behavioral and health problems. There is no substitute for healthy sleep habits and adequate sleep.
In this guide, we explain everything parents and caregivers need to know about sleep for children at every stage. You’ll learn about appropriate sleep times for children by age, find tips for supporting healthy sleep, and learn how to develop a good bedtime routine. There are also resources for learning about sleep disorders and discovering the best books, music, and videos for helping children sleep soundly.
Ultimate Children’s Sleep Chart
-Most newborns sleep for two to four hours at a time.
-Swaddling and white noise may help soothe your baby to sleep.
-Always put your baby to sleep on his or her back to help prevent SIDS.
-Talk in low, soothing tones to avoid stimulating your baby in the middle of the night.
-Never fall asleep with your baby on a couch or chair, as there is a risk of falling as well as suffocation and SIDS.
-Don't change nighttime diapers except for poop. Changing your baby every time he or she wakes up isn't necessary and may keep them awake longer.
-Set up a soothing nighttime routine with a bath, book, or lullabies to teach your baby how to relax before bed.
-As soon as your baby seems sleepy, put him or her down for a nap.
-Don't respond to cries immediately. Give your baby a few minutes to try and get settled without you.
-Avoid placing blankets or toys in your baby's crib, as they can be a suffocation hazard and a SIDS risk.
-Babies are capable of sleeping 8-12 hours at a time each night at this age, though some may not be ready to do it just yet.
-Consider dream feeding before you go to bed to help your baby sleep for a longer stretch. Keep the lights down and gently feed your baby without waking him or her up fully.
-Transition your baby out of swaddling blankets at this age, especially if they begin to break out of it often. Start the transition by wrapping your baby without their arms in the swaddle, then remove it altogether.
-Lay your baby down to sleep while drowsy, but still awake.
-Lower your baby's crib to the lowest position if your baby can stand. At this age, they may be able to climb out.
-Avoid over stimulation. Though babies at this age enjoy playing, encourage relaxation time before bed.
-Maintain regular bed and nap times for consistency. Keeping your child in a predictable sleep routine makes it easier to get them asleep.
-Don't allow toddlers to nap late in the day, as this may interfere with bedtime.
-Keep a consistent bedtime routine with calming activities for 30 minutes before bed. Consider taking a bath, reading a book, or singing lullabies.
Juanita C. Clare
Just a new mother to an amazing little boy learning things as we grow.