Sleep can be one of the most common areas of concern for parents. Is my baby sleeping enough? Too much? What is the safest way for them to sleep? How do I sleep train? 

Every child is different when it comes to sleep. But there are certain principles that can help you understand your baby's sleeping habits. Newborns can sleep up to 17 hours per day, usually in 1-2 hour spurts. As they age, babies require less sleep: about 12 hours or so for a 1-year old. Some will easily transition to sleeping through the night while others may struggle.

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Common questions


How much sleep should my newborn baby be getting each day?

Newborns typically need up to 17 hours of sleep per day, but this sleep is often broken into short periods of about 1-2 hours at a time. This frequent sleep pattern is normal due to their small stomachs, which require regular feedings. As babies grow, their sleep needs decrease. By the time they are a year old, they generally need about 12 hours of sleep. It's important to adjust sleep schedules as your child grows to ensure they're getting the right amount of rest.

How can I establish a healthy sleep routine for my child?

Establishing a consistent bedtime routine is crucial. This can include turning off screens, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, and reading a book. For infants, it's important not to let them sleep in your bed. For toddlers and older children, maintaining a regular bedtime and creating a sleep-conducive environment (cool, dark, and quiet) is key.

What should I do if my child isn't sleeping through the night?

If your child struggles to sleep through the night, consider their overall sleep environment, daytime naps, and bedtime routine. Ensure they have a consistent bedtime and a calming pre-sleep routine. For toddlers, addressing separation anxiety and establishing clear bedtime boundaries can be helpful. If problems persist, it may be worth consulting a pediatrician to rule out any sleep disorders.

What are the signs that my child isn't getting enough sleep?

Signs of insufficient sleep in children can include mood swings, hyperactivity, and difficulty concentrating, which can affect their performance in school. In toddlers, lack of sleep can lead to behaviors that mimic ADHD. Consistent sleep deprivation can have long-term effects on mental and physical health.

What is the safest way for my baby to sleep?

The safest way for your baby to sleep is on their back, in a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress and fitted sheet, and without any loose bedding, pillows, or stuffed animals. This position reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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