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Parents are usually worried whether their baby is getting enough sleep every day. This article touches upon the important particulars of baby sleep for a better understanding of your baby’s sleeping needs.
What is My Baby’s Sleep Pattern?
By the time your baby is six months old, she will be sleeping more and waking up less during the night. However, your baby’s sleep routine and temperament have a lot to do with your own sleep. This connection increases as your baby grows.
So how do babies sleep? Read on to know about 10 – 12 month old baby’s sleep pattern.
You are raising a good sleeper if your baby sleeps for more than ten hours at night and has figured how to fall asleep on her own. However, do not get stressed if your baby suddenly becomes nocturnal.
‘My 11 month old baby won’t sleep’ and ‘My 12 month old baby is sleeping a lot’ are common problems that mothers face and the reason behind them is the same. Sleep disturbances are common during this period as your baby is achieving various motor and cognitive milestones. It is during this time that your baby starts to crawl and learns to walk. And because of the fact that your baby is learning so many things at the same time, she might wake up at night to practice these, or she may just be too excited to sleep.
Separation anxiety can also be a reason of your baby waking up, and it’s another common baby sleep problem.
How much Sleep Does Baby Need(10-12 Months)
A typical 10 to 12 month old baby sleep pattern involves the baby sleeping for over twelve hours during the night. She will nap twice or thrice during the day for around an hour. It is important for you to ensure that your baby is getting sufficient sleep as this is crucial for your baby’s proper development.
Try and maintain a consistent routine for your baby’s sleep. This will help her sleep during the night and prevent her from waking up more often and disrupting your sleep.
During the Day
During the day, babies usually sleep for around 2-3 hours which is divided between morning and evening naps. Your baby might take 1-3 naps during the day with their duration being half an hour to 2 hours each.
During the age of 10-12 months, babies sleep 11-14 hours during the night. A 10 month old baby’s sleep hours are usually between 6 – 10 pm.
How to Establish Good Baby Sleep Habits?
How to make a baby sleep? The techniques remain more or less the same. You and your baby need to stick to the same techniques that you have been learning since your little one was six months old. However, if you have mastered them yet, here are some easy sleep solutions for babies:
Maintain a Fixed Bedtime Routine
Here is a bedtime routine that will benefit both you and your baby:
- There are a number of games that you can play with your baby before sending her to bed.
- Bathe her.
- Reading bedtime stories is always a great idea.
- Sing her a lullaby.
- Tuck her in her cot and kiss her goodnight.
It is important that you follow the same routine every night. Your baby will then know what to expect every night.
Follow a Clear and Consistent Daily Routine
The bedtime hurdle will become smooth if you follow a consistent daily routine for your baby along with a consistent baby sleep schedule. If your baby eats, naps, and plays at the same time every day, you won’t need to struggle to make her fall asleep at night.
Let your Baby Sleep on Her Own
If you want your little one to sleep through the night and not call you, you have to give her the chance to fall asleep on her own. If your baby depends on being fed or rocked for sleep, then you will have to wake up every time your baby wakes up during the night.
These are some simple tips to make the baby sleep.
Are There Any Sleeping Problems at this Age?
By the time your baby is 9-10 months old, she is old enough to sleep on her own and sleep through the night. But, she can suffer from separation anxiety and the change in her nap habits can also affect her. As the mother, you need to keep yourself flexible so that you are able to modify your routine easily as your baby grows. You will need to make adjustments to the routine. Regardless of what those adjustments are, you need to be consistent with them.
Baby Sleep and Development
By the time babies turn 6 months, they develop new abilities that affect their sleep patterns.
Like, they learn how to stay awake and along with that, they learn new skills. The combination of learning new skills and the ability to stay awake only means that your baby will wake up more often during the night and refuse to go to sleep.
Is Your Baby Ready for Sleep Training?
If your baby has not gotten adjusted to the sleeping pattern of your family, baby sleep training will help in that regard. Sleep training methods help babies get sleep easily, sleep at regular hours, and sleep for longer durations.
Signs of a Sleepy and Tired Baby
If your baby is not getting enough sleep, she will show signs of tiredness in her behaviour. While these signs differ from one baby to another, here are some of the most common ones, most being similar to yours:
- Jerky movements
- Rubbing her eyes
- Fussing or grizzling
- Making sleepy sounds
- Clenched fists
- Pulling faces and other facial grimaces
- Waving her arms and legs
Conclusion: It is important that you read these signs and help your baby get enough sleep. Or else, your baby will get overtired and it will become difficult for you to relax her and get her to fall asleep.
Also Read: How Much Sleep Does Your Baby Need