Baby Sleep Patterns

A good sleeping pattern for your baby is at the top of every exhausted parent’s list. Understanding the typical sleeping patterns of your baby at different ages, and why they sleep in this way, can help you to develop tactics to establish a good sleeping routine.

Typical baby sleep patterns at different ages

Establishing a good baby afternoon nap schedule
Naps are important for babies as they promote and support emotional and physical development. A lack of naps during the day could make it harder for babies to get quality sleep at night as they will likely be overtired and irritable.

  • For the first few months, don’t worry about a nap schedule as your baby’s daytime sleep will likely be unpredictable and occur at random intervals, lasting anywhere from a few minutes to up to 3 hours. From around 3 months, most babies start to develop a more predictable cycle of sleep, and you can start to develop a napping schedule that works with their natural sleep cycles.
  • Learn the signs that mean your little one is tired, for example rubbing their eyes, pulling their ears, or yawning. Keep track of when these commonly occur during the day so you can start to anticipate nap time coming on. This allows you to ease your little one into a nap before they become too tired and wound up.
  • Consistency is key – try put your baby down for naps in the same place and at the same time every day, so that they’ll develop a regular sleep pattern. Try not to plan activities around these times so as not to disrupt the schedule.
  • Develop a naptime ritual to help your baby anticipate that a nap is coming on. It could be a story, a song or a bath with PURITY® & Elizabeth Anne’s Good Nights Range, for example.
  • Make sure nap time is in a dark, quiet and comfortable space, free from distractions, such as toys. Putting them down to nap in the same place that they sleep at night strengthens the association of that place and sleep.