Ages and Stages

Newborn – 8 weeks

  • Sleep is sporadic and unpredictable
  • There is nothing we can do to manipulate their sleep, but keep the baby as rested as possible.
  • At 6-8 weeks, when you see  a social smile, begin laying the foundation for healthy sleep habits.
  • Estimated total sleep: 15-18 hours

2-4 months

  • Babies are becoming more social  and will begin to have difficulty falling asleep unassisted.
  • Take around 4-6 naps a day
  •  Wake periods are about 45 min -2 hours – watch for sleepy cues
  • Estimated total sleep: 15-18 hours

4-7 months

  • Developed biological sleep rhythms – watch the clock
  • Naps 2-3 times daily
  • Perfect time to begin sleep training
  • Estimated sleep:  11-12 plus 3 naps

 

8-15 months

  • Naps 2 times daily
  • Estimated sleep:  11-12 hours plus 2 naps

 

15-18 months

  • Transitions from 2 to 1 nap daily
  • Estimated Sleep: 11-12 plus 1-2 naps

 

3-4 years

  • Transition to no nap, but may need an occasional nap
  • Transition from crib to bed around 3 years
  • May have bad dreams/fears as imagination develops
  • Estimated Sleep: 11-12 plus 0-1 nap

 

School  Age

  • Estimated sleep: 10-12 hours