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Children's Sleep Disorders
What To Expect: Infants
What to Expect: Infants
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Months 1 and 2
10-18 hours sleep per day, a few minutes to several hours at a time.
Learn to recognize the signs of sleepiness.
Develop a bedtime routine that ends by putting the baby in the crib when sleepy, but not yet asleep. This helps your child learn to fall asleep by him or herself.
Put them down on their back with their face and head clear of blankets or other soft objects.
For longer nighttime sleep, expose the baby to light, sounds, activity, and play during daytime.
Months 3 – 11
Need 9 to 12 hours sleep/night, plus 1 to 4 daytime naps of 30 minutes to 2 hours.
By 6 months night feedings may not be needed.
By 9 months he or she may sleep through the night.
During this time babies may have separation anxiety, which is less of a problem if the baby has learned to settle herself to sleep.