Before you help baby or toddler sleep better, it’s important to know what to expect. Parents are often concerned with how many hours of sleep their child needs. This child sleep guide is here to provide you with a general idea of what to expect at various ages. Remember that quality is as important as quantity when we talk about sleep. It helps to think about sleep in terms of food for our brain. Quality sleep gives the brain ample opportunity for restoration and growth. Junk sleep has the same effect as junk food does on our bodies. We want to offer our children ample opportunity to have healthy sleep habits. Always use your best judgment when trying to determine the appropriate sleep schedule for your child.
Studies about sleep rhythms are determined by age. Use the estimated due date (EDD) of your baby to correctly figure out his age. If your baby was born 4 weeks premature, then they are considered 1 month old at 8 weeks. This is important to keep in mind when trying to determine what type of schedule your baby needs.