Remember when baby slept more than she was awake? Remember how exciting it was when she was awake more often? 12 months later you wish she'd take a nap so you can get something done or you just want to sit down for minute instead of constantly chasing her around the house?
Here is a chart of how naptime changes with age.
|Age||Nighttime Sleep||Daytime Sleep *||Total Sleep|
|1 month||8||8 (inconsistent)||16|
|3 months||10||5 (3)||15|
|6 months||11||3 1/4 (2)||14 1/4|
|9 months||11||3 (2)||14|
|12 months||11 1/4||2 1/2 (2)||13 3/4|
|18 months||11 1/4||2 1/4 (1)||13 1/2|
|2 years||11||2 (1)||13|
|3 years||10 1/2||1 1/2 (1)||12|
|*Note: number of naps in parentheses|
Does your child fit this chart? My daughter takes between 1 and 2 naps a day. The length of time she's asleep varies from day to day.
Sleep expert Jodi Mindell author of Sleeping Through the Night, claims that most children are not getting enough sleep. To find out if your child is one of them ask yourself these questions:
- Does your child fall asleep almost every time he's in a car?
- Do you have to wake your child almost every morning?
- Does your child seem cranky, irritable, or overtired during the day?
- On some nights, does your child seem to crash much earlier than his usual bedtime?
- YES, but if I were riding in the back seat of the car in a reclined position in a seat that comfortable for 40 minutes or more I would fall asleep too!
- YES, but Josh has to get up and get ready for work starting at 4:45 and be out of the house before 6. She would sleep until 6:45 or 7am everyday if left to her own devices.
- YES, on the rare occasion she will start acting super tired by 6:30 instead of her usual 7:30, but we all have those days right? There's no way we'd be able to get her to bed every night at 6:30 or 7.