Babies over 12 months
Some babies start to resist going to sleep at night, preferring to stay up with the family. This peaks at around 18 months and tends to improve with age. Parents report this sleep problem more than any other.
After one year of age, children tend to sleep better. Less than 5% of two-year-olds wake three or more times overnight.
Keeping a record of your baby’s sleep
Before embarking on the journey to change your baby’s sleep, you might want to keep a simple record of your baby’s sleep.
Making a chart is easy. Divide the day into hourly blocks, colour the intervals when your baby is asleep, and record when your baby wakes. Keep your chart for 5-7 days.
Once completed, the chart will tell you things like:
- when your baby is sleeping
- how much sleep your baby is getting
- how many times your baby is waking during the night over the course of a week
- when your baby is waking at night
- how long your baby is taking to settle after waking.
Compare the information you collect to the information in this article:
- How does your child compare to other babies the same age? All babies are different, but if your baby is getting much less sleep than others, your baby might be tired and need more opportunity for sleep.
- How many times is your baby waking up during the night? Fewer than one in 10 babies of this age wake 3-4 times a night. If this is happening to you, it’s no wonder you’re feeling tired and want to change things. If your baby is waking only once or twice, your baby isn’t that different from the majority of babies the same age.
Keep your chart going as you try some of the suggestions in these articles. It will allow you to assess your progress and see just how much change is occurring.
If you decide you need to see a professional for help with your baby’s sleep, take your chart with you.