Is my baby sleeping as much as he/she needs?

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Sleeping is a vital and extremely necessity for the development of infants and children. And then begins the concern of moms: Is my baby sleeping as much as he/she needs?

So come on, first thing: What is your baby’s AVERAGE sleep need?

Newborns to 3 months: 16 to 19 hours of sleep (Night Sleep + Naps)

4 to 12 months old: 12 to 16 hours (Night Sleep + Naps)

1 to 2 years old: 12 to 14 hours (Night Sleep + Naps)

3 to 5 years old: 11 to 13 hours (Night Sleep + nap)

It is important to remember that this is a medium necessity, and the most important indicators are your baby’s signs of sleep.. A rested baby is happy, and has a quality awake time.

If you notice that your baby is within the sleep range described above but is not getting rested, then he/she may need more naps or longer naps or going to bed earlier..

Remember, children and babies sleep early! How early? Usually 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m., depends on the baby and the family routine.

But my husband just comes home from work at 10:00 p.m. and would very much like to give him/her a bath and put the baby to sleep. The question here is: Would you leave your child without supper, hungry to wait for Dad to arrive? No, of course not. So the same applies to the sleep. Don’t leave your baby irritated and sleep deprived. Put him/her to sleep at the same time every day and at the time he/she shows signs of sleep (Respect your baby’s life cycle). So he/she wakes up very early and is totally willing to play with Daddy before he goes to work.


Karla Mendonça

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