Do you want to know the secret weapon for getting your baby to be a good sleeper?
Some babies are naturally great sleepers. Some are not.
Do you want to take that chance and just “wait and see?” Or do you want to be proactive and take some steps in order to promote good sleep?
I am a planner. I like to be prepared for anything and everything, which I admit, can sometimes be very stressful. This characteristic has, however, been very helpful in the case of my son’s sleep.
I researched baby sleep like crazy during my pregnancy because I know how important it is for their body and brain development (and my sanity). I looked for the very best resources I could find so I could create a plan for my husband and I to follow.
He thought I was nuts.
“Don’t babies just sleep when they’re tired?” he would say. I’m sure SOME do! But not all of them. And I didn’t want to take a chance that he was the latter and then feel like I missed opportunities to get him on the path to great sleep.
During my obsessive researching, I found the HOLY GRAIL of baby sleep charts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I kid you not, that sentence deserved each and every one of those exclamation points. The Average Sleep Charts by Age are so amazing and ridiculously accurate! I had NO idea that babies needed THAT much sleep.
Putting a 1-month old down after only 45 minutes of being awake?! Who knew!
At first, I was a little skeptical like I am with almost everything that seems too good to be true, but I am a 100% believer that these charts are what made my son the great sleeper he was and still is today.
The charts clearly lay out the following information:
- Total Sleep Per 24 Hours
- Total Night Sleep
- Total Daily Sleep
- Number of Naps
- Max Daily Sleep
- Naps dropped
- End Naps By
- Ideal Bedtime
- Longest Stretch of Night Sleep
- Night Feeds
That is a TON of useful information all in one chart! It goes all the way up until 4 years of age. My son is 15 months old and still takes two 1.5 hour naps per day PLUS 11-12 hours of straight night sleep! Glorious.
Stay tuned for MANY more tips and tricks to get your baby (and you) on the path to good sleep!
Do you stay on a routine with your baby or do you follow their sleep cues? Maybe a little of both?