B was not much of a sleeper as a baby. and that worried/disturbed me when i would see other babies his age fast asleep for hours at a stretch!
he was just a couple of months old then and all he was supposed to do was eat, play and sleep. but sleep was a difficult thing for him then. i still remember the nights when i just HAD to read/research on this ‘sleep’ for atleast an hour before falling asleep or M snatching the phone away from me!
not all babies are the same, some sleep well, some do not. i was so ‘lucky’ B was in the minority that did not sleep as much as expected by ‘theory’. although he slept the whole night from 4-5 months onwards, his daytime naps would be less. he was a cat-napper. his naps would only last for 20 mins to 40 max.
but this is what i learnt from all my research then – the key to settling your baby to sleep easily is to look out for the tired signs. rubbing of eyes, pulling on the ears, or being more fussy than normal are all signs of sleepiness. the more the baby gets tired, the more difficult it gets for the baby to settle to sleep and eventually for the mom too. ofcourse the baby will cry to sleep then because thats the only way he/she knows to let out his tiredness.
the table below was and is a good help to first time moms like me (incase you miss the tired signs, keep an eye on the clock!). i learnt about this ‘waketime’ when B was around 2 months and it made life so much easier for me then (not that life can be easy with a baby but this sure helps!). oh and for those who do not know, waketime is the length of time the baby can stay awake before they get tired and need to go down for a sleep again.
do keep in mind everything is an average and should only be used as a reference point. as i mentioned earlier, each baby is different and unique. some nap for long hours, some are cat nappers like B, so they need more naps than other babies of the same age.
|Birth-6 weeks||2 mths||3 mths||4 mths||5 mths||6 mths||7 mths||8 mths|
|Waketime||45-60 minutes||1 hour||1-1.5 hours||1.25-1.75 hours||1.5-2.25 hours||2-2.5 hours||2.25-2.75 hours||2.25-3 hours|
|9 mths||10 mths||11 mths||12 mths||12-18 mths||18-24 mths||2-3 yrs||3-4 yrs|
|Waketime||2.5-3 hours||3-3.5 hours||3-4 hours||3-4 hours||3-4 hrs (2 naps), 4.5-6 hrs before nap (1 nap)||5-6 hrs before nap||5.5-7 hrs before nap||6-8 hrs (before nap)|