Sleeping Habits of a One Year Old Baby

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 19, 2011

Sleep woes of most parents with a child about a year old is a thing of the past. But some parents still feel persistently exhausted and tired due to poor sleeping habits of the baby at night . Read to know the sleeping habits of a one year old baby.



Sleep habits of a one year old baby


By one year of age most babies sleep for about 11 to 14 hours a day (daytime naps and night time sleep). The baby sleeps for about 2 to 4 hours during the day (in about two naps—one in the morning and one in the afternoon) and the rest at night. Most one year old babies are capable of sleeping for long stretches at night (9 to 10 hours at night). But some may continue to wake up more than once at night. This is not because your baby is a poor sleeper but because he has not learnt to soothe himself back to sleep when he gets up at night.



Sleep training


By the time your baby is one year old, baby's sleeping patterns should be more regular (sleep-wake pattern) to fit your family life. If that is not the case, then you should begin sleep training.  Sleep training helps both you and the baby—it teaches your baby to sleep independently when he feels sleepy or gets up at night. And both of you can sleep for longer periods at night and get up fresh in the morning!



Sleeping through the night

Sleeping habits of a one year old at night is more like an adult. He can sleep through the night (9 to 10 hours at a stretch). If your one year baby does this then it means that he has learnt to soothe himself back to sleep when he gets up at night and is a good sleeper. But many one year old babies continue to wake up more than once at night. So if your baby still does not sleep through the night you're not alone. To ensure he sleeps well you have to make his bedtime consistent and improve his sleep habits; this can help normalise his sleeping habits.



Waking up again


According to experts sleep disturbances can occur with major milestones in cognitive and motor development and due to separation anxiety as well. May be your one year old is trying to master some new skill (like standing without support or walking) in his sleep and while doing this he wakes up. Most babies settle down in some time but you have to persist with the sleep training. Try not to give in to his sobs. Wait for some time. In this way, he will learn to soothe himself back to sleep again.



Some tips for developing good sleep habits


  • Have a schedule bed time: You need to follow a strict bedtime schedule. Try and engage your baby in night time activities before actually putting him to sleep. You can read him a story or even sing him a soothing lullaby. These activities, if practiced regularly, will help your child fall asleep without much difficulty.
  • Train him to sleep: Encourage your baby to fall asleep independently in the crib when he is sleepy rather than putting him in the crib when he is asleep. This way even if your baby gets up in the middle of the night he can soothe himself to sleep again. If needed keep a toy or blanket which he can use to soothe himself back to sleep when he gets up at night.


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