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Ensure Regular Baby Naptime for a Healthier and Happier Baby!

January 5, 2007 by  
Filed under Child Health

Sleeping Baby - photo by Kathryn Oldman

The regularity of baby naptime can not be underestimated because of its importance in baby’s health and happiness. Babies need a habitual naptime routine because they need lots and lots of sleep. If babies do not get enough sleep, they inordinately get tired, irritable and cranky making it harder to make them settle down for a nap.

From the time of birth, the average baby’s eating pattern is directly related to the baby’s sleeping pattern.

  • Newborns normally sleep approximately from 16 to 20 hours daily. Feed the baby during his waking time and make sure to keep the baby occupied and awake for a few minutes after feeding. This ensures that baby does not equate feeding with sleeping.
  • When the baby is between 1 to 2 months of age, you can allow him fall asleep on his own in his crib. This allows the baby to soothe on his own in the crib and prevents the annoying habit of holding the baby in our arms till he falls asleep. The first few times you put baby down on the crib and leave him on his own, he may cry but do not get alarmed by this unless your baby gets hysterical! To calm your baby down, you can pat the baby on his bottom or stroke his head while talking soothingly until the baby calms down and takes his baby naptime voluntarily.
  • Between 3 to 6 months of age, baby’s naptime should have diminished. The baby will usually lessen his naptimes on his own and you should try to keep him awake and occupied by playing with him. This helps the baby go to bed at night at a reasonable time and on a regular schedule.
  • After the first year, most babies would only be taking an afternoon nap for 2 to 3 hours because they now get a regular 10 to 12 hours of sleep during the night. 

Cute Baby Sleeping - photo by KatClosely monitor your baby’s sleeping patterns and body language. Make sure your little one gets as much baby naptime as possible during the early months. If your child abhors baby naptimes because of over stimulation, it would be very difficult to get the baby to sleep. However, if you pay close attention to his body language like rubbing of the eyes and yawning, you should immediately act on them so the baby can get his naptime.

Give the baby time to settle down go into baby naptime mode on his own. Make sure you put mobiles overhead and cuddly toys in the crib to help baby soothe down and take his naptime on his own.

You have to determine and set baby naptime schedules and makes sure you stick to them. What most people are unaware of is that babies easily adapt to regular routines very quickly.

As babies get older, they may wake up during their naptimes due to discomfort from a soiled or wet diaper, as soon as you correct the problem most babies go back to their naptime peacefully. It is very important that baby naptimes are on a regular schedule. This ensures that your baby wakes up in a happy mood, full of life and less irritable.

Regular baby naptimes are healthy not only for your baby but for you as a parent.

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