In this section you will find ideal 24 hour routines for your baby from Newborn to Twelve months of age. These routines are meant as a guideline only but can help give you a plan to follow and an idea about sleeping, feeding and activity for your baby.
Sleep Needs Guide for Infants 0 to 12 Months:
Your baby will communicate his need for sleep through TIRED SIGNS.
- Grizzling or crying
- Jerky movements
- Clenched fists
- Facial contortions e.g. Grimacing
- Rubbing eyes
|Infant Age||Approx Up Time||Approx Down Time||Average Sleeps|
|0-6 weeks||1h||2-3 hrs||5-6 sleeps per 24h|
|6w-3mths||1-1½h||2½-3h||4-5 sleeps per 24h|
|3-4½mths||1½-2h||2-2½h||3 day sleeps|
|4½-6mths||2-2½h||2-2½h||2-3 day sleeps|
|6-9mths||2½-3h||1½-2h||2 day sleeps + 10-12 hours per night|
|9-12mnths||3-4h||1-2h||2 day sleeps + 10-12 hours per night|
Children need routines as it is really very important for them to have structure in their days. Structure and routine make children less anxious because, if they know what to expect then they become more cooperative as they feel they have some control over situations.
Routine and ritual means that something, like an act, is repeated and reinforced. Routines structure the way we handle the things in a child’s life like waking, eating, bath time, bedtime etc.
We do a lot of these rituals unconsciously, like the way we kiss our child goodbye, give them a morning hug or a wave bye-bye. These rituals enable a child to understand what’s coming next, what they can expect and what is expected of them. It helps them make better sense of the world around them.
It is never too early to start a routine and I believe the earlier the better. Routines help babies learn to self-settle and how to be great sleepers. It also helps children deal with separation from their parents and allows them to feel secure and safe.
If your child has not learnt to self-settle, please see the Sleep Programs section or contact me for more information about this.
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|Newborn – 6 Weeks|
|This routine is more about each feed, activity, sleep cycle and these cycles happen ever three to four hours.|
|6 Weeks – 3 Months|
|You will feel more in control and your baby will start to develop more of a pattern with their sleeping and feeding.|
|3 Months – 6 Months|
|Babies can get into a nice routine. Remember that babies have short sleep cycles that last about 40 to 45 minutes.|
|6 Months – 9 months|
|Babies should ideally be sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night and be reducing daytime sleeps to two sleeps a day for about one and a half to two hours each.|
|9 Months -12 Months|
|Babies should ideally be sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night and be having two naps a day for about one to two hours each.|