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BABY SLEEP CHART: FROM BABY TO BIG KID SLEEP CHART BY AGE
When I was a first-time Mom, I was clueless about schedules and how much sleep babies and children need spread between nap and nighttimes. That was, until I found a comprehensive sleep chart which could help me ensure my kids were getting the right amount of quality sleep they need.
Now, six years later and raising three kids who are great sleepers (part being so active they wear themselves right out and part having a solid routine), I can tell you what happens when they aren’t well rested.
It was definitely a learning curve at the beginning, trying to find a balance between nap and bedtimes, but the guidelines I’m sharing with you are the same all of my kids have followed from infancy through school-age and they’re spot on. This wake time chart will help you keep your kids on track for solid naps and a goodnights sleep.
All three of my children are great sleepers and as they’ve grown, we’ve noticed how their bodies have instinctually followed along with this specific sleep chart. It really goes beyond just being a baby awake time chart or sleep chart for kids – it’s the foundation for a great routine.
Let’s face it – a great sleep routine is not only stellar for kids, but for parents as well!
BABY SLEEP CHART: HELP YOUR CHILD GET THE REST THEY NEED
Research consistently shows that putting kids to bed early and having consistent quality sleep schedules is beneficial for kid’s physical, emotional, and cognitive development.
Well-rested children who consistently get enough quality sleep, function at a higher-degree while at school. In this study, they found that consistent sleep schedules and earlier bedtimes allowed children to have better sleep patterns and quality sleep.
In another study, it was reported that 18-month-olds who went to bed before 10pm were at a lower risk for motor, language and social deficits compared with kids that went to bed later.
I have found that when I stick with a consistent sleep schedule which includes daily naps and early bedtimes they’re much happier, less fussy during the day and overall more enjoyable to be around.
As a note, my 2-year-old goes to bed at 6:30pm and my nearly 6-year-old twins still go to bed at 7:30pm. All three wake at 7am.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILDREN’S QUALITY SLEEP
And while many sleep experts suggest that young kids (7 and under) go to bed between 6PM and 8PM, more than half of toddlers and preschoolers, and more than 60 percent of school-age children (between 1st – 5th grades) go to bed after 9pm.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, research shows that an early bedtime (between 7 PM and 8 PM works best for babies and kids through school-age) and a consistent, soothing, wind-down routine with no screen time—such as TVs, tablets, and the like—will lead to higher quality sleep.
PRINTABLE SLEEP CHART & TRACKER
Instead of having multiple charts for naps, sleep, bedtimes and baby awake time, I’ve combined everything into one place so as your children grow beyond using it as a baby awake time chart and especially if you have multiple kids, this will be something to reference for a long time.
Helpful Resources on Sleep, Children’s Sleep By Age & Routines:
For a more thorough explanation and resource of keeping a routine, Check out the Mastering Sleep & Schedules Ebook which is 70-pages of jam-packed information and 40+ sample routines. All the tools, sample schedules, sleep tracker and strategies for every age and stage of development for 2 weeks to 5-years-old. Learn how to start the process of creating a routine, establishing wake up and bedtimes, strategies for working through nap transitions, prepping for daylight savings time to keep your routine on track and logging your baby’s sleep patterns to rocking a solid schedule through every age of growth.
Surviving Your Child’s Sleep Regressions Ebook not only gives you an detailed reasoning behind sleep at every age, but also strategies to help you through the 18 month sleep regression and 2 year old sleep regression. You’ll know how to spot a sleep regression coming on, and be equipped with strategies to help you understand the root cause and developmental leaps behind your baby’s sleep struggle.
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