So you’ve had a long day and can’t wait to get to bed and be able to sleep peacefully through the night and wake up refreshed the next day. But in a second you realize that this is almost impossible since you have a toddler or a baby that wakes up constantly through the night to feed and be changed. In the long run, this is a problem since you wake up exhausted.
Why do some toddlers not sleep through the night?
There can be many factors as to why your little one might not be sleeping through the night. One of the most common factors is the amount of naps that he/she is taking throughout the day. If they are sleeping for a long period of time, try shortening their naps (depending on their age) so they can be tired when it comes to bedtime. Another factor can be that they are too tired and therefore become fussy. You can try for them not being too active right before bedtime to make sure that they are not cranky.
Sleep Pattern/ how many hours by age:
– Sleep Pattern for newborns: Most newborns sleep about 8-9 hours in the daytime and
sleep about 8 hours at night.
– Sleep Pattern for 3 months old: Most 3 month olds will sleep 14-16 hours a day and
this is including naps and nighttime.
– Sleep Pattern for 6 months Old: Your 6 month old should be taking about 2-4 naps
per day and 11-12 hours at night.
– Sleep Pattern for 9 months Old: Most 9 month olds should be taking 2 naps a day
and sleep 11-12 hours at night
– Sleep Pattern for 12 months old: Your 1 year old should be taking 2 naps a day (vary in time length) and should be sleeping through the night.
How to make your kid fall asleep?
There are many ways to help your kids fall asleep:
– Calm Songs: The most calming thing your little one is your voice. So sing them a sweet lullaby and watch them slowly fade into their deep sleep. There are also many machines in the market that can play lullaby’s and this can also help.
– Essential Oils: Essential oils are beneficial not only to adults but for kids too. Have a small diffuser in their room dispersing a soft scent and this can calm them down making bedtime a lot better to handle.
– Routine: Set up a routine for your child. If you have a baby, he/she will start regulating their routine by 3 months of age. For older kids, you can start at a specific time to take off their pijama, take them a warm bath, read a book, sing a soft song to them and they are off to bed. You can read more of this in our other blog (help your kids sleep better) The key thing of having a routine is to maintain it regardless if it is during the week or the weekend. You will slowly see that your kid will fall asleep with less fussiness.
How to know if your child is sleeping enough
You may often be asking yourself if your child is sleeping enough. But how do you know? If your child wakes up and looks relaxed and ready to start the day is a great sign! On the contrary, there are a lot more signs to be on the lookout if your child is not getting enough sleep. For example: they are irritable, they are not functioning to their full potential at school, they sleep for long periods of time during the weekends, etc. Keep in mind that all of these signs are different depending on the age of your child.
– Talk to your pediatrician
If you see that your child is snorning loudly, constantly waking up and having a hard time falling back asleep, wakes up cranky, or you notice that they have breathing pauses during their sleep these are all signs of something more severe that a pediatrician should be notified about.