Is your baby awake time is right for his/her age?
Did you know that your baby may not need to sleep train? Looking at the awake time and baby sleep patterns may help your child sleep tremendously.
First of all, Congratulations! Your baby is finally here, and you’re in for the most amazing ride of your life. To manage your baby’s sleep—and your own sleep!—I’d like to share a few facts about your baby that will help you understand his or her sleeping patterns.
Be prepared: newborns sleep a lot. I mean, A LOT! Newborns can bear about an hour of being awake before they need to take another nap. Some will be able to stay awake for longer periods after a few weeks, but most newborns will need long hours of rest.
By the time your baby reaches four months old, he or she may be able to stay awake for 75-90 minutes between naps. At this point, their sleep is very delicate, as most of them are going through a sleep regression.
A lot is going on at that age. Keep in mind that babies are very sensitive to the balance of waking and sleeping hours; this means that your four-, seven-, or even twelve-month-old baby needs the right number of waking hours between naps and bedtime. If you don’t adapt this schedule to suit your baby as he grows, you may encounter sleep issues like these:
- Your baby may have a hard time taking naps.
- Naps may not last very long.
- She may frequently wake up in the middle of the night.
- He might stay awake for long periods during the night.
Many families think their four-month-old baby can only stay awake for an hour at a time; however, we now know that is not enough. If your baby is not tired enough, she obviously won’t take a nap!
Of course, each baby is unique with his or her own needs. Awake time and baby sleep patterns are very important to understand. If a friend tells you their baby is awake for two hours at two months old, and it works for them, great! It doesn’t mean your baby’s needs will be the same. You have to find out what works for your family and your child. Every baby will have different stamina and will develop at a different rhythm, especially at a young age.
This is why it is so important to find the perfect balance between your baby’s awake and rest time. We don’t want an overtired baby, but we don’t want an undertired baby, either!
Now you understand that the awake time and baby sleep is a well balanced dynamic!If you are not sure how long your baby should be awake between naps, contact me and I’ll be happy to help you find out!
As Always, Sleeping Babies = Happy Families