Because we are qualified Mothercraft and Early Childhood nursing professionals we are able to assess and identify the cause of your current concerns regarding your baby or toddler. For example:
- Your baby or toddler’s sleep problems may not necessarily be behavioural and subject to a revision of current feeding/sleep needs and routine assessment.
- Is there a family history of digestive issues such as reflux, colic, food intolerances or allergies?
- Are there any developmental or medical health concerns that may need to be referred to the appropriate health professional as a result of our consultation.
- Is the best support our reassurance and confirmation that you are doing a great job and your expectations need to be adjusted a little and normalised?
Guide to Baby and Toddler Sleep Patterns up to 2 years old
Following is our sleep guidance chart and some general information and understanding of your child’s different development stages and sleep requirements.
|Newborns||7-8 hours||9 hours|
|One Month Old||6.5 – 7 hours||8.5 – 9 hours|
|Three Month Old||4.5 – 5 hours||10 hours|
|Six Month Old||3 – 4 hours||11 – 12 hours|
|One Year Old||2 – 3 hours||10 – 11 hours|
|Two Year Old||1 – 2 hours||10 – 11 hours|
In the first few weeks of baby’s life, you are both getting to know each other and learning to work together as a team. It can be daunting to find that initial rhythm with 7-8 feeds per day and learning to interpret your baby’s cues and cries.
If you are breastfeeding then those first 6 weeks are critical in establishing supply. Support and guidance is very important during this period because this will also affect your baby’s ability to settle and sleep.
From 10-12 weeks of age:
Often day napping (one sleep cycle around 40 minutes) can start to emerge around this time because your baby is becoming more alert and curious about his surrounds and enjoying more awake time. Settling baby to sleep for longer than one sleep cycle can be an overwhelming challenge.
From 6 months of age:
Your baby’s sleep and day routine will be changing again from about 6-7 months of age including the addition of solids and less milk volume/feeds.
You may also be transitioning baby from being wrapped to a sleeping bag and the cot, a daunting consideration for some parents.
If your baby is not coping (by his behaviour and tired cues) with his amount of wake time during the day, then he is communicating to you that he needs more sleep. Over tiredness and unavoidable changes in routine can overwhelm your baby. Developmentally he doesn’t understand “object permanence” so when you leave him he may interpret this as you may return. Cue distress.
From 12 months of age – toddlers:
Toddlers need to rest mind and body during the day as their energy levels, mobility, appetites and curiosity escalates.
And if they don’t achieve their individual sleep requirements during the day then it often affects the quality of their night sleeping and their ability to wake and re settle themselves without your support.
Support and guidance to establish good routines and a predictable framework for the day will greatly assist your toddler’s ability to settle overnight with less resistance.