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The healthiest sleeping habits for Infants to Toddlers

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Introduction

Sleep is a necessity that can't be ignored. But how do you get your baby, toddler or child to sleep well every night? There's a lot of information out there about this topic, but it can be confusing as to what's right for your child. In this article we'll cover everything from the best ways to help babies fall asleep and stay asleep through the night (and nap times too), all the way through toddlerhood into elementary school age!


Tips for babies up to 6 months old

Babies usually begin to sleep through the night at around 6 months. But until then, there are a few things you can do to help them get into healthy sleeping habits.

  • Establish a bedtime routine:

  • Have your baby play for about an hour before bedtime so he’s tired and ready for it when you start your routine (but not too tired).

  • Make sure the room is dark and quiet; dim the lights and turn off TVs or music players. If he cries while you’re putting him down, pat his back gently until he calms down (not soothingly). Then leave the room right away so he doesn't associate falling asleep with being in your arms or having a light on near him. It might be hard to hear over his cries at first, but stick with it—it will pay off eventually!



Tips for babies age 6 to 9 months old

  • For your baby's safety, be sure to use a crib that meets current safety standards. You should also never put a child in bed with an adult or leave him or her unsupervised on a bed, couch, or other surface where he or she could roll off.

  • To keep him/her comfortable and happy during sleep time:

  • Be sure the room temperature is warm enough for your baby to be comfortable (generally about 70 degrees Fahrenheit).

  • Dress him/her appropriately for sleep. Use only one layer of clothing at night, as he/she will be hot and uncomfortable if too bundled up under the blanket when sleeping. This is particularly important when weaning from swaddling because it may help prevent overheating during naps and nighttime sleep sessions.

  • If you're breastfeeding your baby at night (which most experts recommend), remember that the breast milk supply tends not to keep up with demand overnight so if yours isn't producing enough milk yet then consider supplementing feedings with formula until yours comes in strong enough again--but always ask for help from a medical professional before making any changes!


Tips for babies 9 to 12 months old

  • Sleep cycle

Babies 9 to 12 months old should be sleeping for 12 to 16 hours in a 24-hour period, with naps lasting one to two hours. This means they should sleep longer at night than they do when they’re awake during the day. The chart below outlines the ideal sleep schedule for babies this age:

Age Number of naps Nap duration How much sleep per day Total nighttime sleep Total daytime sleep (including naps) 9 months 2 1 to 2 hours 12 to 16 hours 10 to 12 hours 2 to 4 hours 10 months 2 1 to 2 hours 12 to 15 hours 9 to 11 hours 3 to 4 hours 11 months 1.5 1.5 to 2 hours 11.5 to 14.5 8.5 to 10.5 3 12 months 1 up to 2

not napping 11 to 14 7 to 9 hours 4 to 5 hours Your baby may continue to wake up during the night and could wake up one or more times. This is a normal part of their sleep cycle. During this stage, they’re able to sleep through the night without waking. They may also show signs of good sleeping habits by going down for a nap at the same time every day.

time to start sleep training. This is a great time to start establishing good sleeping habits that can last a lifetime. This may include keeping your child's room at the right temperature, using white noise in your baby’s room, and taking steps to reduce stress before bed.


Tips for toddlers age 1 to 2 years old

Here are some of the best ways to help your toddler get a good night's sleep:

  • Get them in their own room. If your child is still sleeping with you, it's time to move him or her into his or her own bed. In this way, they'll learn that they're separate from you and should be able to sleep on their own.

  • Don't let them sleep too long or too little. It's best for toddlers' health if they get 8-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, but if they wake up early in the morning (by 6am), it's important not to let them go back to sleep; getting up at that time could lead them to have trouble falling asleep later on in the night when it's dark and quiet outside! Instead, try giving him/her something else with which he/she can occupy himself/herself until 7am—television shows are great for this purpose because kids love watching cartoons!

Don't let him/her sleep through the night. Some parents might think this is bad advice, but it's actually good advice! Your child will be able to regulate his/her own sleep cycle if you don't let him/her sleep during the day or night for long periods of time. Don't let her nap more than once every few days (at most), and don't let him go longer than six hours without a break in between those naps.


Toddler Sleep Habits

Sleep is a fundamental part of your toddler's development. As you know, they need plenty of sleep to be healthy and happy. That's why it's important to understand how much sleep your toddler needs and how best to help them get that rest.

Here are some tips:

  • Choose a bedtime routine

  • Make sure the room is dark and quiet

  • Promote healthy sleeping habits, such as no screens before bedtime

The healthiest sleeping habits for Infants to Toddlers a good night's sleep is essential to your child's well-being and development. It can be frustrating when your child is awake long after you've put them down, or if they wake up in the middle of the night. A solid sleep schedule will help make sure your baby gets enough rest and doesn't wake up too early in the morning.


Sleeping Habits For Older Children and Teens

  • Sleep is important for your child's overall health and wellness.

  • The body needs sleep to restore energy, repair and rebuild muscles, improve mood, memory, concentration and performance.

  • The National Sleep Foundation recommends these guidelines for children aged 6-12:

  • If your child has a regular bedtime routine of playing quietly before going to sleep, he or she should have 10 hours of sleep at night (9 p.m.-7 a.m.). If your child does not have a regular bedtime routine but still seems tired during the day after naps or late nights out with friends you can adjust his/her schedule accordingly. If your child has issues falling asleep try reading together before bedtime or some other relaxing activity that helps him/her relax and unwind from the excitement of the day so they can get ready for slumberland when it comes time for lights out!


Getting good sleep makes a huge difference in quality of life.

Sleep is one of the most important things in life. It's the time when your body and mind recharge, helping you stay alert and energetic during the day. Sleep also makes a huge difference in quality of life for children and adults alike.

Good sleep helps a child grow physically, mentally and emotionally. Children who don't get enough sleep may have poor concentration at school or other activities, so they may fall behind their peers academically.[3]

In addition to physical health problems such as obesity,[4] lack of sleep can also affect mental health.[5] Some studies have shown that insufficient sleep increases symptoms of depression among children aged 6-17 years old.[6],[7],[8]


Conclusion

Now that you know how to make your baby sleep better, you can rest easy. If a baby is in pain or uncomfortable, it’s likely that they won’t be able to fall asleep or stay asleep. As parents, we want the best for our babies and by helping them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, we’re giving them a healthy start in life!


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