Sleep Is an Essential Part of Baby's Routine

Daily routines vary with each age group. The basic routine for a newborn is eat and sleep. As they get older and more alert they will need more time awake and more stimulation. Their sleep time remains around two to two and a half hours. When they reach eight or nine months they may only be needing one hour of sleep during either their morning or afternoon sleep. The other sleep will usually be two to two and a half hours. If your baby is sleeping any less than one hour he/she is not getting sufficient sleep and will need to be taught how to resettle.

The majority of my home calls are from sleep-deprived parents whose babies are ‘catnapping’. These babies have not learnt to sleep for long periods of time between feeds - either during the day or night, or both. This obviously affects not only the baby but the whole household - especially mothers. The quality of life for the family with a grizzly, sleep-deprived baby is far from optimal. Your baby, who was initially the joy of your lives, has now taken over the routine of the house and demands constant attention and pacifying.

Below are some age-appropriate daily routines that you can use as a guideline. The specific time is not important as this will vary each day. Keep in mind some babies may sleep through without a night feed from an early age. The time your baby wakes in the morning is when your day begins.

Tips: Aim to start your day between six or seven am.

Remember: All children are basically the same when it comes to sleep needs. Babies under seven months should not be sleeping less than one hour at every sleep or down time.

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Disclaimer: Article on our website are for education purposes only. Please consult with your doctor to make sure this information is right for your child.


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