Solving Naptime Problems - Page 2

By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution

Average hours of daytime and nighttime sleep
Age Number of naps Total length of naptime hours Nighttime sleep hours** Total of nighttime and naptime sleep
Newborn*        
3 months 3 5 – 6 10 – 11 15
6 months 2 3 – 4 10 – 11 14 – 15
9 months 2 2 ½ - 4 11 - 12 14
12 months 1–2 2 – 3 11 ½ –12 13 ½ –14
18 months 1–2 2 – 3 11 ¼ -12 13 – 14
2 years 1 1–2 ½ 11–12 13 – 13 ½
2 ½ years 1 1 ½ -2 11–11 ½ 13 – 13 ½
3 years 1 1–1 ½ 11 –11 ½ 12 – 13
4 years 0 -1 0 -1 11–11 ½ 11 – 12 ½
5-6 years 0 -1 0 -1 11 11 – 12

*Newborns sleep 16-18 hours daily, spread over 6-7 sleep periods.
** These averages don’t signify unbroken stretches of sleep. © Elizabeth Pantley, The No-Cry Sleep Solution and The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers & Preschoolers (McGraw-Hill)

When should your child nap?

The timing of your child’s naps is important since a nap that occurs too late in the day will prevent your child from being tired at bedtime. Generally, the best nap times are:

  • If your child takes two naps: midmorning (around 9:00 to 11:00) and early afternoon (around 12:00 to 2:30)

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By jeffmccoy on 01/04/16 at 11:19 pm

True with help of this signs we can know baby want to sleep...with help of this sign we can solve our child nape problems..Thanks for shared!

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