Parents are always on the hunt for ways to make their little ones sleep better – whether it’s a white noise machine, a rocking cot or a clever bedtime hack.
Particularly considering that research suggests 50% of children will encounter sleep problems.
Good sleep is crucial for newborn babies, in particular, who experience a huge amount of growth in the first few months.
In most cases, newborns will sleep for longer than they are awake, which can often be around 18 hours of snoozing a day.
Babies don’t tend to develop a circadian rhythm until they are 3-4 months old – but when they do, it’s a good idea to establish a sleeping routine.
As this will not only help the little ones, but gives parents more control over their time, too.
To help parents along, the experts at Babysense have made an interactive calculator that creates a bespoke sleep routine for a baby or child (for those aged six months to four years).
It’s likely to be a helpful tool for parents getting to grips with different sleep stages as their baby gets older – to ensure their child is getting all the rest they need.
The online calculator works by noting how old your child is, what time they usually wake up in the morning, how many times they wake up during the night and how long they usually take to drift off.
Results show how many hours of rest a child is getting every night, as well as how much time a parent is losing in sleep.
The tool then offers a suggested daily routine – to ensure your child is getting the full amount of sleep required for their age.
This incorporates a baby’s daily wake up time and suggests nap times throughout the day to ensure they get enough rest – taking into account nighttime wake-ups too.
Babysense also offers helpful tips and facts about sleep for different ages when results from the calculator come through.
Speaking about the online tool, they say: ‘Being a parent is the most rewarding but also the most challenging task and sleep problems only add to the stress, which is why we wanted to create a unique interactive calculator to help you.
‘We know that the age-appropriate guidelines provided will not only reassure parents along the way but will also provide them with tips to create the perfect sleep routine for their babies.’
Of course, it’s worth pointing out that every parent and child is completely different – and what works for one family might not work for another when it comes to sleep.
Also various things can impact a child’s sleep routine – such as the clocks going back, moving house, going on holiday and illness.
What’s more, some babies don’t like napping at all.
So while the calculator may be helpful to some parents, others might just prefer to do whatever works for them.
It also doesn’t take into account sleep regression stages as a child gets older – so this is something to keep in mind, too.
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