Day sleep issues? You can help by watching awake times

There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to help your little one achieve sleep and especially naps. One of these factors is the amount of sleep pressure they have or in other terms, how tired they feel and how easily they will sleep. This is where awake times come into play. If your little one’s awake times are too short, this will not give them enough sleep pressure to either fall asleep, achieve a long sleep or both. If your little one’s awake times are too long, this will cause them to be overtired and this will affect their ability to settle to sleep and/or join sleep cycles in order to achieve restorative consolidated sleep.

Follow these age based awake times between naps to make sleep easier to achieve:

0-3 weeks – 45 minutes

3 weeks – 1 hour

6 weeks – 1 hour 15 minutes

9 weeks – 1 hour 30 minutes

12 weeks – 1 hour 45 minutes

16 weeks – 2 hours

5 months – 2 hours 15 minutes

6 months – 2.5 hours

7 months – 2.5–4 hours

14 months - 5-5.5 hours

30 months+ - 5.5-12 hours

Ensuring your little one is having the right amount of naps is also important as this helps to create the balance between the amount of day sleep and the length of their awake times. Here is an idea of how many naps you are aiming for based on your little one’s age:

0-3 months – 3-4 naps

3-6/8 months – 3 naps

8-14/18 months – 2 naps

14/18-2.5/3.5 years – 1 nap

Working on naps can be frustrating and time consuming, but when they are happening well, they are a nice way to give you some time to do other things including relaxing!

Nicole - Silent Night Baby Sleep Consultant

Helping your family achieve sleep harmony

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