Wake windows and nap charts

Did you know that wake window and nap charts are based on anecdotal reports from parents, averaged out to create โ€œguidelinesโ€?

Routine and schedule charts are positioned as the gold standard, which leaves many parents (whose babies inevitably donโ€™t fit the box) feeling like they are doing something wrong.

๐—œโ€™๐—บ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ – ๐—ถ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚, ๐—ถ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜†, ๐—ถ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ (๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ) ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ.

If your babyโ€™s sleep patterns do not seem to fall in line with the sleep charts you see online, that is okay!

Less sleep than the average does not mean it will harm your childโ€™s development.

More sleep than the average does not mean there is something wrong with your baby.

If everything else in your childโ€™s life seems normal – that is, they are hitting developmental milestones, they are staying on their growth curve, and they seem happy and well rested- the actual amount of sleep they are getting in a 24 hour period is not something to stress over.

โœจ Pro tip: This goes for the advice from sleep tracking apps too! Babies arenโ€™t robots and AI technology shouldnโ€™t be used to predict when or how your baby should sleep!

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฝ Do these sleep charts keep you up at night? Is your baby an average sleeper, or high/low sleep needs?

Cayla

Cayla

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