Average Sleep Charts by Age




I couldn't fit all this stuff on one chart so you get two instead :) You can also find the averages just by month in the sleep by ages section as well as charts split up by subject.                      

All charts below are based on optimal amounts for a well-rested child, not what is
necessarily common (since many children sleep less and wake more frequently than what I would consider
ideal). I realize that these averages vary from what some other sources say-- I'm sorry we can't all agree! I've come up with these averages after working with lots of babies and parents and after much research. Hopefully they will be a source of help and not  a source of stress!

Remember, everything is an average and should only be used as a reference point—your child is a unique little person. Also, all averages are done with the assumption that your child is healthy and growing well and was born around his due date (those with children under 2 should use adjusted age). These charts are just suggestions, your pediatrician should always be consulted in all things regarding your child’s health. 

You can find the charts (for easy printing) HERE.


               Sleep Averages from Birth to 8 months

Birth-6 weeks
2 mths

3 mths
4 mths
5 mths
6 mths
7 mths
8 mths
Waketime
45-60 minutes
1 hour
1-1.5 hours
1.25-1.75 hours
1.5-2.25 hours
2-2.5 hours
2.25-2.75 hours
2.25-3 hours
Total Sleep Per 24 hours
16-18 hours
15.5-18 hours
15.5-18 hours
14.5-16.5 hours
14-16 hours
14-15.5 hours
14-15.5 hours
14-15.5 hours
Total Night Sleep *
9-12 hours
9-12 hours
10-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
Total Daily Sleep
4-8 hours
4-8 hours
4-7 hours
3-7 hours
3-5 hours
3-5 hours
3-5 hours
3-5 hours
Number of Naps
4+
4+
4+
3-4
3
2-3
2-3
2-3
Max daily sleep*
Avoid naps >2 hours
Avoid naps >2 hours
Avoid naps >2 hours
4.5 hours
4 hours
3.5 hours
3.5 hours
3.25 hours
Naps Dropped?
Varies
Varies
4 to 3 naps by 3-5 mths
4 to 3 naps by 3-5 mths
4 to 3 naps by 3-5 mths
3 to 2 naps by 6-9 mths
3 to 2 naps by 6-9 mths
3 to 2 naps by 6-9 mths
End Naps by:
Avoid naps >2-2.5 hours each
Avoid naps >2-2.5 hours each
5-5:30 pm
4:30-5 pm
4:30-5 pm
4:30-5 pm
4:30-5 pm
4 pm
Ideal bedtime?
Varies:  7-11 pm
Varies: 7-10 pm
Varies: 7-10 pm
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
Longest stretch of night sleep
Baby eats every 2-5 hours
5 + fingers crossed!
5-10 hours (some will sleep more)
8-12 hours
8-12 hours
8-12 hours
8-12 hours
8-12 hours
Number of night feeds*
Baby eats every 2-5 hours
1-3 feeds
1-2 feeds
1 feed
0-1 feeds
0-1 feeds
0-1 feeds
0-1 feeds




               Sleep Averages from 9 months to 4 years

9 mths
1 0 mths
11 mths
12 mths
12-18 mths
18-24 mths
2-3 yrs
3-4 yrs
Waketime
2.5-3 hours
3-3.5 hours
3-4 hours
3-4 hours
3-4 hrs (2 naps), 4.5-6 hrs before nap (1 nap)
5-6 hrs before nap
5.5-7 hrs before nap
6-8 hrs (before nap)
Total Sleep Per 24 hours
14-15 hours
14-15 hours
14-15 hours
13.5-14 hours
13.5-14 hours
12-14 hours
12-14 hours
11-14 hours
Total Night Sleep *
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
Total Daily Sleep
2.5-4 hours
2.5-4 hours
2.5-4 hours
2-4 hours
1.5-4 hours
1.5-3 hours
1.5-3 hours
0-2 hours
Number of Naps
2
2
2
2
1-2
1-2
0-1  (ideally 1)
0-1
Max daily sleep*
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
3 hours
2 hours
2 hours
0-2 hours
Naps Dropped?
3 to 2 naps by 6-9 months
Not usually
Not usually
Not usually
2  to 1 nap by 14-18 months
2  to 1 nap by 14-18 months
Ideally, 1 nap still
1 to 0 naps by 3-4 yrs (some keep it longer)
End Naps by:
4 pm
4 pm
4 pm
4 pm
4 pm
4 pm
3-4 pm
3-4 pm
Ideal bedtime?
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
6-8 pm
7-8 pm
Longest stretch of night sleep
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
11-12 hours
Number of night feeds*
0 feeds
0 feeds
0 feeds
0 feeds
0 feeds
0 feeds
0 feeds
0 feeds



Some extra info to help you out with the charts above (especially all the *):

Total Night Sleep – There may also be feeds during this time

Max Daily Sleep – Don’t worry too much about this unless you have a newborn of if you suspect too much day sleep is a cause of night issues.

Day Sleep - Day sleep is quite variable. I try to aim for naps that last at least 1.5 hours (not including the last nap of the day if on more than 1 nap) but as most of you know, there are quite a few cat nappers out there. If you are able to get at least 1 hour naps, that's great. Cat nappers often need more naps, more often and end up with a bit less day sleep overall (early bedtime anyone?). I generally suggest keeping naps 2 hours and under after the newborn period unless it is the only nap of the day. You can find more about naps (including individual naps) in the nap index.

Naps - The last nap of the day is often a catnap (super short) before it is dropped for good. These nap times are averages—your child may drop slightly sooner or keep a nap slightly longer. Find out more about dropping naps here and here.

End naps by - To preserve night sleep and allow for an early bedtime hour, you don’t want naps to go too late. With all things sleep, these averages are just a guideline. You’ll need to use some trial and error. If your child is struggling falling asleep at bed or is having night wakings—the timing of this last nap might be an issue.

Bedtime - Most young children sleep best if they are on a routine like 7am-7 pm (give or take a bit, of course). Some children will be OK with a shift in their entire routine—say 8 am-8 pm. Most (like 90%) will either be overtired with this, have extra night wakings or wake extra early in the morning.

Night Wakings/Feeds – Night feeds are from about 7 pm-7 am, not including the 7am/7pm feeds. How many and how long to do night feeds is VERY debatable. Some people suggest stopping all night feeds by 12 weeks and others suggest keeping multiple night feeds for years. I’ve come up with this list after working with hundreds of parents (possibly thousands at this point) over the years and after talking to some pediatricians.  I haven’t met a healthy, well growing baby yet that can’t happily have all night feeds dropped by 9 months (often before) so I feel confident drawing the line here. A couple of the pediatricians thought I was even being too generous with this age :)  Learn more about when to expect a child to sleep through the night (and how I define sttn) here.


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26 comments :

  1. Very helpful, thanks! My daughter is almost 7 months and still cannot stay up for 2 hours at a time (except for the late evening waketime.). Guess she'll get there eventually!

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    1. If sleep is going well, no need to worry about her being a bit behind with waketimes Diana :)

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  2. Hi Rachel,
    I've just discovered your website and have spent the last week pouring over your posts! I have a 16wk old little boy who started sleeping 10hours at night at around 8 weeks then went back to 4 hour blocks at 12weeks and has been ever since! He's also picked up a cat napping habit - thanks to your extending cat naps page I've managed to pull out some 1.5-2 hour naps this week and am so grateful! I'm trying to get him into an EWS routine but it makes it difficult with small 40min naps thrown in there!
    He wakes from his last catnap at around 4-430pm and goes to bed at 7pm. He has started waking at 745, 830, 9pm before actually going down for the night - should I try and squeeze another nap in before his bedtime routine? This would take it past the recommended latest nap time?

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    1. Elizabeth Wade,
      If there's an option to squeeze an extra nap in or do a slightly earlier bedtime, I almost always go for an earlier bedtime. Most kids do better with this, and night sleep is also more restorative than naps (but you still need both for a happy baby). Those night wakings sometimes happen around this age and after looking over some possibilities, if they're still happening, not responding (or doing whatever st you do) will usually help them go away in a few days to week. yippy for getting some of those short naps lengthened!

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  3. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  4. Rachel,
    I have been pouring over your blogs for the last 24 hours and I think you are a genius. My baby is 13 weeks old and we have the following problems:

    1) Morning wake up times vary from 4:45am-6:30am (though yesterday she slept until 8)
    2) Naps are either very long (I wake her after 3 hours) or very short (20-30 min)
    3) She will sleep in her crib at night but if you try to put her down for a nap she will either wake up immediately or take a 20 minute nap (even if this would normally be her 3 hour nap). This was not a huge problem until recently but now she is getting more sensitive to sound and I am afraid that the quality of her naps are deteriorating.

    I imagine many of these problems are interrelated but I don’t know which one to correct first.

    We started a night time routine (bath, massage, nurse) about two weeks ago and it is going well. We begin the routine at 6pm and she is usually asleep around 7pm. Her doctors have advised us to keep her upright for 20 minutes after eating due to her acid reflux so even if she doesn’t nurse to sleep, by the end of the 20 minutes she is asleep.

    She wakes up periodically throughout the night, and she almost always wakes about 45-60 min after going to bed but she is able to sooth herself back to sleep without any assistance from us. She also wakes once during the night to eat. This feeding is typically sometime between 12:30am and 3am. The earlier the feeding, the earlier the morning wake up. If she wakes up before 6 she tends to take a 45 minute nap about 1.5-2 hours after waking up and then a 2 hour nap next time. If she wakes up after 6 she will nap from 8-11 and I have to wake her up to eat; her next nap will be around 12:45 and last about 45 minutes. In both scenarios, she will take 1-2 naps later in the day for 20-30 minutes.

    The first two naps are usually only accomplished by putting her in the baby carrier, she tends to nurse to sleep later in the day (which I am not proud of). I would really like to get her to sleep in other ways.

    Her sleep cues aren’t strong. Sometimes I try to lull her to sleep too early and it takes 40 minutes for her to sleep, other times too late and she will cry before falling asleep. I hardly ever hit that sweet spot of tired but not too tired. Often she appears tired but happy shorty after waking up (eye rubbing and smiles).

    Which problem do you suggest I address first? Any input you can provide would be really appreciated.

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  5. Rachel,
    Things are rapidly deteriorating. We have lost the 45 minute nap and are now down to a few 15-30 minute afternoon naps. Yesterday she had one 25 minute and one 17 minute nap...she was exhausted. I also wanted to mention that during the 3 hour nap she is typically pretty active for the first hour or two and then settles in to a deep sleep right about the 3 hour mark...and that is when I wake her :(

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  6. Jess @ My Baby Sleep Guide - Says...

    Wow! Thanks for these, they are so great as a reference.
    I have a 3-month-old (well, he will be in 3 days) and we have just turned the corner and I feel like we're finally getting him enough sleep. He does about 11 hours at night (with 2-3 feeds), and 4-6 naps a day (depending on how many of them are short 45-minute naps and how many stretch to closer to 1.5-2 hours) for a total of 5-7 hours of daytime sleep. Our next step is to work on where we sleep, because he often naps on me or in his swing, and he co-sleeps. I'd like to get him moved to the bassinet/crib, and we're taking steps to make that happen.
    I have a question, though. My little guy often doesn't make it very long for wake time, especially earlier in the day. Sometimes (especially if following a shorter nap), he ends up closer to 30 minutes of wake time than an hour. Is that a problem? Or is it okay to go ahead and put him back down? I don't want to make him over-tired, either?
    Thanks so much!

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    1. RachelStella @ My Baby Sleep Guide - Says...

      Jess, does your waketime also include a feed?

      First thing in the morning the waketimes are usually pretty short, so you likely don't need to worry here Glance at the waketime and short nap post if you haven't already. It talks about how too short of waketime can sometimes lead (or continue) short naps.

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    2. Jess @ My Baby Sleep Guide - Says...

      Yes, the wake time does include a feed, and we're definitely struggling with short naps (we always have, but they've been getting worse.) I noticed his feeds are also shorter and he is eating every time he wakes up, even if he ate 1 hour before (it used to be that when he woke from a short nap, he would refuse a feed, play, then go back to sleep), so I'm changing our eating to a quieter, darker location so that hopefully we can increase how much he eats, and therefore how long he can nap. His nighttime feeds are always much longer than his daytime ones, so hopefully the darkness will help. He also might be in a growth spurt, so I'll watch for those signs, too. I reviewed the wake time post, thanks! The last time I read it, a short wake time length was not our problem ;) I really appreciate your advice!

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    3. RachelStella @ My Baby Sleep Guide - Says...

      Jess,
      Ahh, having feeds an hour apart will definitely make a good sleep routine difficult. Decreasing distraction will definitely help, but keep in mind that if it's only been an hour since his last feed (even if he ate just a little), he isn't going to be extremely hungry so he won't eat much more again then the cycle goes on. So you may need to help him slowly stretch those feeds out again. You'd also want to slowly stretch out waketimes (once you get feeds stretched out) and observe what happens with naps.

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  7. Michelle @ My Baby Sleep Guide - Says...

    That is a great chart! When my son was younger we would use an app to track his sleep and we knew based off of his norms how much sleep he needed to be happy and it was great because he'd be fussy, we'd check the app and sure enough it was generally fussy due to lack of sleep.

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    1. RachelStella @ My Baby Sleep Guide - Says...

      Michelle,
      Hey, do you mind sharing the app for other people, if you remember the name? Thanks!

      It still amazes me all the time what a difference the right amount of sleep makes. It can be a night and day difference for some kids. It's so sad that some parents don't realize this and they end up having a fussy child that could be pleasant almost all the time with a few changes in sleep :( Parenting is hard!

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  8. Rachel -- love your blog. I've been reading and reading and reading, trying to find some advice (any advice!) on how to keep my daughter from waking during the night. She is now 13 months -- and she'll still wake up to cry at night, at least once, if not twice, a night. By now, she is standing and will just stand at her crib and cry until she falls asleep, still in standing position. I'm afraid she will fall over and hit her head so when i go to adjust her, she just wakes and cries some more. We've tried the cry it out method and she will go on for 45 min at the very least.

    I'm trying to be sympathetic because I know that sometimes it's teething that may be making her uncomfortable so I will go to her and soothe her by picking her up. Am I only confusing her by sometimes leaving her to CIO on her own and sometimes picking her up if she's teething? We are not using orajel and don't want/plan to.

    Right now, her schedule is something like this: 7-8am wake, nurse, play for a while, eat breakfast at 9am; play, nap for about 45 min around 12/1, wake, eat lunch around 1:30/2; play, nap, nap for another 45 min around 5, wake, eat a snack (cheese, fruit, steamed veggies, apple sauce, etc.), play, eat dinner at 7:30, nurse and bedtime around 9-9:30.

    I've tried putting her to bed early (around 8) but she seems wide awake and not interested at all. My husband is in the camp that we should listen to what she wants and when i'm not home (traveling on business), he will let her play until she's about ready to fall over asleep (10:30pm sometimes). While I agree with the 'listening to her; thing to some degree, i still believe in instilling some semblance of a schedule and not letting her call all the shots. He thinks I'm being overly strict, but I am trying to find whatever works for everyone because when she wakes at night, it's definitely not him going to soothe her... ;)

    What do you think?

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  9. Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for your amazing site!

    Hoping you can answer a question.

    My little guy goes down just before 7 and is often asleep by 7, overnight he wakes once (between 2 and 3.30) or not at all. He then wakes between 6 and 6.30. I've found that if I feed him and put him back down that he sleeps through till around 9am. During the day he than has between 3 and 4 x 40 minute sleeps (catnapper!).

    As he's a cat napper all bar the 6-9 am sleep I'm not game enough to change this to an eat play sleep process as he may not otherwise get this 2.5 (ish) hours of sleep.

    Do you think this 'routine' is okay?

    Thanks!

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    2. I should add that he's 16 weeks and when I say 7 it's 7pm and 6 and 6.30 are am!

      Thanks!

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    3. Abbey,
      If it's working for you guys, I wouldn't worry about it too much, but there might come a time when it'll backfire to have night sleep go from 7-9. You might end up eventually adding some waketime after 7 am and turn the next sleep period into a nap (which it sort of might be).

      best,
      rachel

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  10. I have been pouring through your blog (which is amazing by the way) looking for some enlightenment and assistance with our 15 month old. I dont know what we are doing wrong! She was sleeping through the night great (7:30-8 pm bedtime, 6 am wake time) and would nap once during the day at daycare (12-2:30). We do a consistent bedtime routine (bath, stories, last bottle, prayer and bed) and none of these things have really changed drastically. For the last 2-3 weeks though she has been waking up around 2 and crying a lot and will not go back to sleep until around 4:30. Both my husband and I work, so this is really making things difficult in our home! Any ideas of what we are doing wrong? We have tried letting her cry it out but she just never stops crying. Thoughts?

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  11. Hi Rachel, your website has been very helpful for the past 12 months..yes. baby is going to be 1 this friday :) I always refer to your website for bub's sleep issue and you have been very helpful and suppotive during difficult time (posted few comments when bub was less than 3 mo). My boy now is a good sleeper. Again love your website especially this tables - my favorite :).

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  12. Hi Rachel,

    I've been reading your blog and the babywise blog. I am looking for some help with my 5 month old son. His naps are finally going well. His first nap is usually 2 hours long, his second nap is usually about an hour and a half, and the third nap anywhere from an hour to hour and a half. He goes to bed between 7 and 7:30 pm and wakes up for the day between 7:15 and 7:45am. I dreamfeed him at 10pm before I go to bed. He has only slept from 10pm to 7am twice. I am really tired. He nearly always wakes up between 4 and 5am, I'll feed him and he goes back to sleep. Now the last 3 days he's been waking up at 2am. If he wakes at 2, he doesn't wake again until 7:00. He will always eat in the middle of the night if I offer. Can I teach him to drop this night time waking/feeding? Do I need to keep it because he is only 12 lbs as a 5 month old? I don't know what to do. Thank you for any advice and help!

    Melody

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  13. Hi Rachel,
    What a great service your providing to other moms! I'm having a tough time with my 11-month old's sleep. He used to be a pretty textbook sleeper. 11-12 hour nights with the waketimes in the chart above (though he was generally a pretty short napper, with most naps at 35 to 70 minutes). Suddenly, a couple of weeks ago right when he turned 11 months, he started waking up early (7pm bedtime and 5:15 to 5:40 wake time) and stretching out his wake times during the day. He would just talk to himself and play in his crib 1/2 hour to an hour (or even 1-1/2 hours a couple of times... I almost had to abort the nap) before falling asleep (sometimes I need to go in and help him settle because he starts to cry a little when he realizes how tired he is). Once he falls asleep, he sleeps hard... for an 1-1/4 to 2 hours each nap (total of about 2-1/2 to 3 hrs. most days). So both naps are getting pushed and his evening wake time has really been shrinking, and his bedtime getting later. I don't know what to do to get him back to a more predictable, regular schedule. Should I be waking him up at a certain point when his naps get pushed back that way? For example, today, he woke a little later (6:10) for the first time in a couple of weeks, but then he wouldn't fall asleep until 9:45, woke at 11:05, I tried to put him down at 2:30 and he didn't fall asleep until 4, so I woke him at 5pm and then put him down a bit later than usual for the night at 7:40pm. Was that too late? Should I have cut his first nap short (maybe limit to an hour) so that he'd be more ready for his second nap? Should I have cut his second nap even shorter than the 1-hour? At what point should I just abort a nap altogether? If he hadn't fallen asleep at 4pm, what time would you have advised putting him to bed for the night given that he'd been up since 11:05am? Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Dana

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  14. Rachel, I just discovered your website and wish I had discovered earlier. I have an 8 month old who seems to always be tired. She fusses every time I put her in her crib for a few minutes at naps and night time. She will take a morning nap 1.5 hours after waking for 30 minutes to one hour. An hour later she is tired again. I keep her up for 2.5 hours and she will sleep 1.5 hours.(12:15-145) If I do it sooner, she won't nap or she will take a 30 minute nap. If I try a third nap she will not sleep. She goes to bed at 7. I know 1:45 until 7 is way too long for her to be awake. Any ideas on how to get her naps a little later in the day? She sleeps 7 to 7 generally which is great!

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  15. I printed out this chart and have been using for months and realized I never thanked you. This has been such a life-saver. I'm a little aghast when people whose babies have sleep problems don't have any sort of set awake interval during the day (at which point they should start keeping an eye on them for signs of sleepiness), which makes me think they just wait for their baby to be completely exhausted. Anyway, so I've made a habit of sharing this with moms before they have their baby. I tell them to print it out, bookmark it on their phone, and check it every month because it's like trying to hit a moving target, so you really need this guide (even good books like Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child only give you a vague window of 1-2 hours awake for all babies. I don't know what I would've done without it! Thank you!

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    1. Lisa,
      I'm so glad it's been so helpful Lisa! Babies are always changing so much. It's tricky to keep up with them. And you are right, they'll get overtired really quickly if you don't keep a close eye on them--which makes using the clock as a guide really helpful for most babies.

      best,
      rachel

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  16. Hi Rachel,

    I somehow came across your blog and have been reading for the past 3 days. I am in need of help desperately! Any advice you have would be very appreciated!

    My 3 1/2 month old son has never been a great sleeper, but it was doable and we were both somehow getting enough sleep. However the past 2 weeks it’s like he’s a completely different baby and anything that was working before does not now. Other than when he was a new-born, his naps are 45 minutes on the dot. I have been trying to keep him asleep for longer, but the only thing that works is if I’m in the room the second he wakes up and rock him back to sleep. And still that is very hit or miss. That isn’t even the main problem though. The issue we’re having is getting him to fall asleep, for naps and bedtime. The past 2 weeks, on average takes us 3-5 hours to get him to sleep at night, and for naps is about 1-2 hours. A lot of times I will be trying to put him down for his last nap of the day, but because it takes so long, by the time he’s starting to fall asleep it’s his bedtime! Or other times we’ll get him ready for bed at his normal time, but it takes 5 hours to get him to sleep. He just refuses to close his eyes and relax his head for the most part. We can be rocking him for 2 hours straight and think he’s sleeping and put him down and he’s just wide awake. Or we can lay him in his crib sleepy, but not sleeping and he’ll just play and talk for hours if we let him, but if we do that, then he gets way over tired and we end up worse off then we started.

    I’m assuming he’s sleep deprived and that’s why he’s not falling asleep and waking up after 45 minutes, but I just don’t know how I can catch him up on his sleep if he’s refusing to even fall asleep?

    Thanks in advance and again ANY advice you have is greatly welcomed!


    Alex

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