The Sleeping Map

Worry that you baby doesn't sleep at nights? Check out why children mix day and night, and how many hours your child should sleep.
The Sleeping Map

Some parents get worried that the baby, who sleeps much during a day, will not sleep soundly at night. But it is not so. Doctors consider, that children, who sleep a lot of time during a day easily get asleep at night. The point is that a baby, who slept baby during a day, may get playful in the evening, when it is time to go to bed. It is often a reason of a disturbed sleep and insomnia. The baby’s character of sleep beings to change as the time goes by. Most newborns sleep 16-20 hours a day, 3-4 hours in a row. When your little one is three weeks old, he sleeps 15-18 hours a day, at the age of six weeks – 15-16 hours a day is enough for him.

If you want to know how much time your baby needs for a sleep, you may use the table below. You should also consult with your doctor, if necessary:
     a newborn baby – 16-20 hours a day
     a baby at the age of three weeks – 15-18 hours a day
     a baby at the age of six weeks – 15-16 hours a day
     a baby at the age of four months – 10-12 hours at night +2 times up to 2-3 hours during a day.
     a baby at the age of  six months – 10-11 hours at night + 2 times up to 2 hours during a day.
     a baby at the age of nine – eighteen months – 10-11 hours at night + 2 times up to 1-2 hours during a day.

You should not get worried if you little child does not keep to this sleeping regime. You should not be in a hurry to make him sleep as much as you expect from him. What you should do is to look after your baby, as you are together for a very short period of time yet. Soon your little baby will prompt you about his individual regime.

Mixed Day and Night
Many parents undergo a real trial-their baby mixes day and night up. He sleeps peacefully during a daytime and at night he begins to entertain himself and you as well. What should you do in this situation? As you can not explain your baby, that his father is to go to work in the morning (and he needs to have a good sleep) and you will not ask him to lie down quietly. It’s a pity, but there are no ideal recommendations how to correct this situation. Doctors consider that a baby compensates the lack of his parents’ communication with him by sleeping, and night is the ideal time when his mom and dad are close to him. You should try to look over your baby’s timetable again. Maybe it would be good to enlarge the period of time during which you little child stays awake or pay more attention to your concerted activity. This way or another, there is only one advice in the situation like this: you should be patient, and sooner or later the inner clock of your precious baby will rebuild to the normal regime.