Getting enough sleep is crucial for your baby’s growth and development. But for various reasons, some out of their control, parents can struggle to determine whether their baby is sleeping enough. If you are also in doubt, here are some tips that will help you.
Know the Age-Appropriate Sleeping Hours
The amount of sleep your baby requires depends on their age. Newborns require 14 to 17 hours of sleep, while infants benefit from 12 to 15 hours of sleep. Toddlers, on the other hand, need 11 to 14 hours of sleep.
Pay Attention to Baby’s Behavior
You can easily tell whether the baby is getting enough sleep by observing its behavior. Babies that are getting the appropriate amount of sleep will have enough energy while awake and will look content. Babies that aren’t sleeping enough will be cranky and tired and seem uncooperative.
Establish a Sleeping and Napping Routine
Establishing a firm sleeping and napping routine and following it is a great way to make sure your baby gets enough sleep. They will get accustomed to sleeping at predetermined times and have firm sleep.
Keep Track of the Sleeping Hours
By keeping track of your baby’s sleeping hours over the course of a 24-hours window, you can see if your baby is sleeping enough. If you notice certain deviations, then you can help it to stick to the schedule.