A baby who seems ahead of the curve- interested in the world around her, reaching milestones early- often fools her parents into thinking she needs less sleep than the “typical” baby. In fact, she needs more. Because she’s so engaged with her surroundings, she often has a harder time shutting down. She’s “too busy” to bother going to sleep…or so it seems! This kind of baby also knows what she wants and when she wants it, and she’s willing to hold out until she gets it. She can be a little tough to parent. She especially needs you to make sure she gets the sleep she needs but won’t admit to needing. Since this type of baby is often able to hide her sleepy cues, you must watch the clock and get her into bed on time. And keep in mind that she probably won’t be a flexible sleeper for several years, meaning she’ll need utter consistency when it comes to when, where and how she goes to sleep.
Excerpt from “52 Sleep Secrets for Babies“
So what’s the average amount of sleep you might ask?
Get ready, these numbers always shock parents!
Your child shouldn’t be off the average total by more than an hour.
Remember this quote by another sleep researcher, Dr. Owen:
Love that quote!
(In case you are wondering the next big leap is 9 years old when it goes to 10 hours and then at 14 years old when the average is 9 hours. Adults are between 7-9 hours- 8 hours being ideal!)