SLEEp training basics

6 Sample Sleep Schedules for Sleep Training

BY SLEEP TRAINING KIDS

Eat. Play. Sleep. (Repeat).

If your newborn baby follows the eat-play-sleep pattern, it also means they'll be taking 8 naps (or sleep periods) throughout the day.

So let's look at the sleep patterns and schedules that worked for my family.

And hopefully, they'll help you work out yours, too.

Sample sleep schedule for newborns (0-3 months)

When we had newborns, they ate more like every 1-2 hours. And, they were only able to stay awake for *very short* periods of time. In other words, for the first 3 months of their lives, I was just feeding them almost constantly.

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Sample  sleep schedule for  babies (4-7 months)

As our babies got older, their sleeping began to condense into naps, although they still had to be held in order to sleep.

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But... for some babies (like ours) nothing works. You do what you have to in order to survive and get as much sleep as possible.

SAMPLE SLEEP SCHEDULE FOR INFANTS  (8-15 MONTHS)

At somewhere between 6 and 8 months, we've been able to (finally!) transition our kids into their crib.

Oh, and if you ask me... this spot is one of the roughest. Why? All those darn sleep regressions to deal with. And, in my opinion, the worst is 11-12 months old sleep regression.

Sample sleep schedule for toddlers (16 months to 3 years old)

By this time, my kids have all weaned. They're done nursing, although I do let them take a sippy cup of water to bed.

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Sample sleep schedule for toddlers who won't nap

Most of my kids are done with naps - usually sometime between 18 months and 2 years of age. Rough, huh? The only perk is this: those cranky kids who don't nap go to bed earlier - and still wake up at the same time.

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Now, if you'd rather time your baby's schedule by their wake times, that's a whole other ballgame.

In fact, it's an easier ballgame.

So if you'd like to skip a lot of headaches, I highly recommend you do so and read about scheduling via your baby's awake times and natural cycles.

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