How Long Baby's Should Nap & Things to Remember?
Created by Lipy* Updated on Jun 23, 2021
A newborn baby’s sleep pattern can confuse any mother, but this is nothing unusual. It is tough, no doubt, but there is a relief when the child gradually starts to grow older. A quick guide that will tell you how to get a baby nap at different age stages, how careful you should be & many more things related to baby napping
Often mothers complain of babies having erratic nap patterns. There is nothing unusual in this. Babies take time to develop a sleep pattern or schedule, especially the newborns. The first two months are the toughest. During this period, the baby sleeps and wakes round-the-clock. With time, nap times become longer and predictable. This, of course, helps the mother plan her day’s activities better.
How to Get Baby to Nap 4 Months to 1 Year?
After the erratic sleep patterns of the newborn period when the baby was still getting used to the how and the when to sleep, comes the next phase. Close to the fourth month, the baby gradually develops an identifiable sleep pattern. If the baby hasn’t, then observe when and how s/he falls asleep as cue. Babies most likely nap at least twice a day — once in the morning and once in the early afternoon. There are others, who need a late afternoon nap. Some babies nap a total of three or more hours during the day, others upto 5 hours or more.
How to Get Baby to Nap One Year & Above?
This is a change-over year. Now the baby will gradually drop his or her morning nap. Mostly, s/he will only nap in the afternoon, often for a period of two to three hours. If this is the pattern, then consider scaling up the baby's naptime during the day and bedtime at night by a half hour to help the baby adjust and get enough rest. Even when they grow older, children continue taking afternoon naps.
The key for every parent to remember is that every baby is different. Hence, nap schedules can differ considerably. So, stay in tune with your baby to help set a good sleep pattern for her/him.
| Apr 14, 2016
Every baby has a different sleep pattern. Some babies are less affected by noise, some are easily affected. The best is to create an environment to make less noise. In any case, a little noise is ok. Eventually, the baby will get used to the intermittent noise also and sleep through it as well.
| Jul 19, 2016
my baby is 13months old and had a good sleeping schedule. but from last month she sleeps by 11:30 pm but wake up early morning by 2:30am and wants to play. then she sleeps back by 5 or 6 am. during the day she takes a nap of 2 to 3 he's. BT what should be done about the sleep pattern at night. any suggestions...
| May 30, 2017
My baby just entered in his 4th mth,but from 3rd month only he has developed good sleep pattern. Sleeps between 9-10 pm ,wakes up once and then early morning. His he almost completes his 10-12hrs of nice night sleep from 9-8am. Day time from 10. 30 -3pm and then he plays all the time having short naps in between.
| Aug 24, 2017
My baby is 1 year and 2 montha old. She generally wake-up at 8 or 8. 30 in the morning and then again go to sleep at 10. 30 or 11 o'clock. And gets up at 12 or 12. 30 noon. And then again go to sleep at 3. 30 or 4 wakes up at 6 or 6. 30 pm. And she finally goes to bed at 11. 30 in the night. Ia thia routine normal for one year old baby or my sleeps a lot. Or ahould i change the routine. ?
| Nov 16, 2018
Hi, the blog is very informative and insightful. I agree with all the facts which has been told in this blog. I must say there is a case of sleep deprivation has to be faced. I got used to this rituals and I must say the love bond between mom and baby starts from there when we actually having a baby. I used to wrap up my baby with soft organic cotton muslin swaddle from softsensbaby. com which has truly satisfied my baby with its softness of cloth. And my baby used to enjoy and used to have a deep sleep inside it.