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Is My Baby Sleeping Too Much?

Is My Baby Sleeping Too MuchSleep is a tough subject to relate to most parents. Children are all different. Some need more, some need less. Most of the time, parents are concerned that their children aren’t sleeping enough, but sometimes parents wonder if their child sleeps too much.

Newborns sleep a LOT

The first two to three months of your baby’s life is full of rapid growth, which is exhausting. They’ll spend most of their non-eating time asleep. If your baby seems perpetually lethargic during this period, everything is normal.

Some parents have to gently wake their children with a breast or bottle every 2-3 hours during the first couple weeks to make sure they eat, but otherwise babies will wake up when they’re hungry. The best measure of development at this stage is if your child is wetting at least eight diapers a day. If your child is not producing enough wet or dirty diapers, speak with your doctor.

What about after the newborn stage?

Around three months, a good day of sleep is about 15 hours. If it’s a couple more than 15, that’s OK too. That typically breaks down to 11-12 at night and three or more hours during the day.

Awake time is important too, however. Children need time to soak in their surroundings, interact with loved ones and explore their world. If your child is sleeping more than 18 hours in a day, there might be an underlying medical condition at play. Consult with your doctor.

What about the toddler stage?

As your baby gets older, his/her sleep needs will lessen and consolidate to a long afternoon nap. Instead of three one-hour naps, you’ll drop down to two, then one long one. So if your two year old falls asleep for three hours after lunch, nothing is actually wrong. It’s just his/her body becoming better at sleeping and managing to stay down.

Mind your own instincts

A parent’s instincts are the best tool to gauge something like this. Do you feel your child is missing out on learning because he/she is sleeping? Do they want to go back to sleep soon after waking? Do you feel like your child isn’t hitting milestones because he/she hasn’t had enough wake time to practice? (Keep in mind that every child is different; there’s no date a child should hold a spoon, sit up, walk, etc.)

One other thing: be grateful if you have a baby that sleeps easily. Many parents envy you!

safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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