Most of the new mothers will have a doubt about their baby sleep schedule that is they are sleeping enough or sleeping too much.
The sleep time may vary from baby to baby. Each mother wants perfect sleep schedule for their restful baby sleep.
Usually baby sleep schedules will develop within a few days of birth. If you have had children before, each baby will sleep in a different way.
Usually the new baby sleep schedule is about 16-17 hours in a 24-hour period.
Most of the babies will not sleep through the night until they become at least 3 months old. There are several reasons for your baby not sleeping in the nights.
The most common is, infants stomachs are very small hence they will get hungry faster, especially if you are breastfeeding your baby. You will need to feed more often for restful baby sleep.
Baby sleep schedules are shorter than adults do and they also have shorter dream cycles. You have to put your baby to sleep about 8 or 9 hours during the day and 8 hours or so at night for restful baby sleep [Effective Baby Sleep].
In the initial days of your baby sleep schedule will be very short. By the end of the first year, a baby sleep schedule will be changed that is longer periods at night and take two naps during the day, resulting in about 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day. `
As your baby gets older, up to about 2 years of age, she used to sleep 13-14 hours in a day. The daytime baby sleep schedule will diminish month-by-month.
As they reach to the age of 2 years, your baby should be sleeping through the night with a 2-hours nap during the day. Again this schedule will be different from child-to-child.
Donâ€™t allow the naps too late in the afternoon for children more than 2 years old. This makes them to sleep a few hours late at bed time.
Once your baby starts to frequently sleep through the night, you will often be troubled when he/she begins to awaken in the night. This is the most common in the babies of age 6 months.
It is often a normal part of development called separation anxiety, when a baby does not understand that separations are temporary. Try to change this baby sleep schedule so that there wonâ€™t be any disturbances for your sleep.
Follow the guidelines that helpful in setting regular baby sleep schedule:
- Schedule night as sleep time and day as wake time
- Lights should be turn off or turned low at night so that your baby can understand that it is a sleep time
- Help your baby in understanding the connection between bed and sleeping