Baby Nap Timeline

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Baby's sleep and naps timeline from birth to 12 months

“How much sleep does my baby need?”, “How often should I make my baby nap?”, “Is it ok if the baby sleeps too much or too less?”
These are some of most common queries that new mothers have, with regard to their baby’s sleep patterns. Although each baby is different, there are certain sleep patterns which are common to most babies. Newborn babies need approximately 16-20 hours of sleep per day. Sleep is crucial for the overall development of babies. It is a known fact that babies grow maximum in their sleep.

Here is what to expect of a baby’s sleep and nap timeline from birth to the age of 12 months.

Newborn - 3 Months
From birth to about 12 weeks, a baby needs a minimum of 4-5 hours
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Since your baby is awake for a longer time during the day and is becoming awake of the surroundings, it is a great time to take your child out and stimulate him/her.
#2. This is the time to start play activities with your child. It is also a good idea to start morning routine and bedtime activities, which work as cues for little ones. For example, a bedtime story can be a cue that it’s time to go to bed.

7 to 9 Months
By now, most babies have 2-3 solid naps during the daytime, that last for an hour or two. They sleep for about 8-10 hours during the night and their routine would be set. Since the baby would have started solids, he/she would be able to sleep through the night without feeling hungry.

Tip
Although babies start eating solids by 6 months, they may still need to be caressed while going to sleep. Some babies also need comfort nursing to induce sleep. If you see your sleepy-eyed munchkin crying even after being fed and changed, chances are - He/she needs comfort nursing!

10 to 12 Months
The awake time is considerably increased at this age. By this time, most babies take just 1-2 naps a day, which last for 1-2 hours and they sleep for about 10-12 hours through the night. Babies become really active during this age and crawl around to explore new things. Physical activity is very important for their development and for them to have a sound
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