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How is sleep in children from 8 months to 2 years


The baby is growing and, in terms of sleep, its cycles are increasingly similar to those of an adult, but let's not forget that it is still a child and is in a stage of sleep maturation, which will last approximately until 6 years. Between 8 months and 2 years the bases of your sleep pattern (phases, anatomical structures that regulate it, etc.) are already acquired, and important changes will only occur in the number of hours and in night awakenings, which will also gradually decrease.

Sleep and wakefulness respond to precise and synchronized physiological mechanisms, and the evolution of sleep goes hand in hand with the maturation of the individual, that 'it's time to sleep and that's it' doesn't apply. Remember that each individual is creating their own sleep pattern, so this does not depend on the parents, but on each baby.

At 9 months, they sleep a total of between 13 to 15 hours. At this age almost all children sleep through the night and may require only one nap during the day, generally in the afternoon, between 1.5 to 3 hours, consolidating a period of night sleep of between 10 and 12 hours.

They can continue to have nocturnal awakenings, due to the normal effect of the sleep cycle, and as soon as they wake up they cry, miss and demand the presence of their parents, that is why it is essential to accompany them in this process.

Too there may be negatives when it comes to going to sleep, because you want to continue putting into practice the multiple skills that you have learned quickly, especially various motor activities such as sitting, crawling, walking. Life is so entertaining now and the last thing you want to do is miss out on details.

They don't yet distinguish between fact and fiction, so many children may wake up with nightmares. Reassure him and stay by his side until he calms down, let him know that you will be there whenever he needs you, trying to reconcile his sleep as soon as possible.

It is a stage in which they will also have other changes such as teething, which causes them certain discomfort and can make them irritable, affecting all their behavior. So I always advise to be patient and think that this stage will also pass. At this stage of the child's life, his dream is characterized by being:

- Circadian
Since previous months, the child has learned to differentiate between day and night, and his night-time sleep cycle tends to be long.

- Bimodal
You have a daytime sleep period (nap) and a night sleep period.

- Restless
The new discoveries in his environment and his neuromotor skills generate anxiety to explore it and, at the same time, fear of the unknown, which can lead to some disorders in his sleep.

- feared
You are distressed to be separated from your parents and this may cause you to try to delay your sleep.

It is important to continue your routine at bedtime, having regular times for both nap time and bedtime at night.

Sometimes the mistake is made of thinking that if you do not take your afternoon nap, you will go to bed earlier in the evening and sleep soundly until dawn, which is not true because if you are very tired you will become irritable and it will be more difficult to fall asleep.

Nor can we force him to have a three-hour nap every day, a few days it will be shorter or he does not feel like sleeping. In this case, try to have him spend a good time in a calm, restful environment, lying in bed, listening to some music, something that allows him to break with his morning routine and relax him a little.

When preparing to sleep at night, you must maintain your customary ritual, which should include cleaning your teeth. If you don't have a routine yet, don't wait any longer to start creating it. Something simple, that does not generate complications or stress: let him contribute some ideas, such as which pajamas to wear, what story you will read to him or what music he wants to listen to. This will give you a sense of control and will make the process easier.

After dinner, try to ensure that the child has passive activities such as reading, singing or playing games that involve little effort, so that the transition to bedtime will be easier. Eliminate the use of the television, telephone and other electronic devices for at least two hours before going to bed. If there is reluctance, remind him that it is not a punishment to go to sleep at that time, we all must rest, including Mom and Dad, and the next morning he can continue with his activities.

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