The circadian rhythms of an infant do not yet have a strong influence on him in the second month of life. The sleep hormone will begin to be produced by 3-4 months of age. We can talk about the normalization of sleep and wakefulness during this period. The baby still lives according to its biorhythms and dictates the conditions for the regime of the whole family.
The sleep schedule at 2 months is not much different from the one that was in the first 4 weeks. Consider a sample sleep schedule for a two-month-old baby:
8 pm – 6 am
8 - 10 hours
7 am – 8:30 am
10 am – 12 pm
1 pm – 3 pm
4:30 pm – 6 pm
Total Sleep Time
An example sleep graph shows the averages and measures the frequency and duration of sleep. The sleep schedule at 2 months is still floating.
The baby will make up for the lack of daily sleep norms by resting during the day if for some reason he did not sleep well at night. The sleep schedule will have to be shifted in this case. Due to longer sleep during the day, their total number is reduced.
You can shift the schedule to a later time when it is inconvenient for parents that the child falls asleep at 20:00. The awakening period will also shift.
How Much Should 2 Month Old Baby Sleep Per Day?
A baby at 2 months sleeps as much as in the first month. The daily norm of sleep is 15-17 hours. The baby’s sleep doesn’t need to be by accepted standards. Daily sleep allowance may vary depending on the state of health, good nutrition, and sleep conditions.
Breakdown Between night sleep and naps
The daily norm of sleep is distributed between night and daytime sleep. The daytime sleep of a 2-month-old baby should ideally be 5-7 hours. Night sleep is 8-10 hours of the daily norm.
All these indicators can vary significantly in different children. It largely depends on genetics, the influence of external factors, and nutritional adequacy.
Compensating sleep and missing naps
Every day your child’s sleep schedule will be different. The baby nap may be less during the day with long and uninterrupted sleep at night. The duration of naps is compensated by the accumulated reserve of forces. The duration of naps determines their number. The longer the naps, the less they are.
How Many Naps On Average 2 Month Old Takes?
Children at 2 months sleep an average of 4-5 times a day. If the naps are short, then there may be more of them in number. Longer sleep reduces the frequency of falling asleep. The child can get the daily norm of sleep due to longer naps during the day. This often occurs with restless and interrupted sleep at night.
What if Baby takes fewer naps?
There is nothing wrong with your baby sleeping fewer times a day. Accepted norms are not gold standards. This is just an average value. Babies under 3 months old are just adjusting their sleep patterns. This is manifested in the constant instability of the duration and number of naps.
If the child sleeps fewer times than is customary, then he will get his norm due to night sleep. It often happens that the remaining daytime naps will become longer.
When should you worry?
The complete absence of daytime sleep is not the norm at this age. The reasons for this phenomenon should be clarified with the doctor. Often, sleep disorders occur due to severe nutritional deficiencies. Such a symptom may be a sign of insufficient milk supply in the mother.
Severe colic also affects the quality of a baby’s sleep. At 2 months this phenomenon is very common. Cries when falling asleep, frequent awakenings and very short sleep should alert. Eliminate the causes of anxiety immediately.
2 Month Old Napping Schedule During the Day
2 months is the age when it is too early to talk about the established regime. Daytime sleep will be regulated by the child independently. Parents can carefully make their adjustments based on the time the baby wakes up.
Naps are always the result of the quality of sleep at night and vice versa, the amount and quality of naps will affect sleep at night.
Average sleeping time per nap
One nap on average is about 1 hour. The permissible duration of a nap is from 40 minutes to 2 hours. The longer the sleep, the fewer times the child will fall asleep during the day.
Short sleep of 30-40 minutes thickens the schedule and increases the number of falling asleep. Very long sleeps occur in the open air and after a period of prolonged forced wakefulness.
Changes in sleep rhythm often occur at two months of age. There is a tendency to fall asleep earlier at night. This age is characterized by an increase in the duration of uninterrupted night sleep. All these changes occur due to biological transformations in the baby’s body.
The time of uninterrupted wakefulness is increasing every month. Now it is about 1 hour 15 minutes. This includes feeding, changing clothes, hygiene, and communication with the baby.
Total napping time
A 2-month-old baby should sleep at least 5-7 hours during the day. The norm of naps should be almost half of the total daily. Sometimes it happens that the baby does not fill up the specified number of hours during the day. Then he will get this time at night.
The rational distribution of daytime sleep should be based on the time the baby wakes up and the period of his wakefulness.
Does Every Baby Follow Sleeping Routine?
Not every child can follow a sleep schedule. It is extremely difficult to introduce a strict and consistent sleep schedule at such an early age. The baby is not yet subject to the influence of the change of day and night. He often confuses the time of day. Parents have a very long time to rebuild the baby’s schedule.
The period of wakefulness increases every month. The baby begins to hold his head well, which increases his viewing angle. Vision improves and this significantly distracts the child from his main task – sleep. Growing curiosity and the desire to know the world greatly prevent the baby from falling asleep on time.
The baby begins to show the first emotions at 2 months. He is in close contact with adults, reacting to his mother’s smile and voice. It also distracts him from sleep. The schedule often shifts due to the desire of the baby to spend more time with the mom.
Why Some Parents are Way off Schedule?
Parenting philosophy sometimes differs significantly from the accepted standards of education and care for babies. Many parents do not want to leave their active life for later with the advent of a new family member. They continue to travel a lot, work and meet friends. This happens with the child if there is no nanny.
The use of a sling significantly increases the mobility and activity of the mother. The constant presence of the child in the mother’s body leads to the fact that there can be no question of any sleep schedule. The baby sleeps almost all the time.
Many mothers find it right to feed their babies on demand. Nutrition directly regulates the sleep of an infant at 2 months. Sleep mode eventually becomes free.
Tips for Getting on Sleep Schedule
If you want the baby to sleep according to the regime, then it must be entered for a very long time and carefully. Use a number of our tips to avoid making mistakes:
Record observations of your child
Keep a diary of your child’s daily routine from birth. Indicate in it the time of awakening during the day and at night, the number of sleep, their duration, and quality. Fix patterns. Draw conclusions based on data from at least a week of observation.
Сomfortable sleep schedule
Adjust your baby’s sleep schedule to your own. Postpone bedtime if it is not convenient for you to have your baby fall asleep at 8 pm. It is best to have your child go to bed at the same time as you. Then it will be comfortable to control the baby’s sleep.
Once you find patterns in your child’s routine, try to follow them on an ongoing basis. Print the chart and hang it in a prominent place. Small deviations may be present. The chart is still floating at 2 months.
Fatigue is a signal for sleep
Watch for signs of baby fatigue. They will help you understand when exactly he is almost ready for bed. This will help stabilize the schedule. Children quickly get used to constancy. Try to put your baby to bed at the same time.
Use sleep routine
Use conservative bedtime routines. Close the curtains during the day. Turn off the light at night. The main goal in 2 months is to delimit the day from the night. Use the same bedtime rituals: bathing, massage, dressing, feeding, and bedtime.