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#1 heatherdv

Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:12 PM

Does anyone else have a LO who doesn't know they are 'supposed' to get 14 hours sleep a day?

My DS is 11 months and I have always given him lots of opportunities to sleep, used lots of resettling techniques (including BF to sleep) but since he was 5 months old he has never once slept more than 13 hours.

It seems like 12 hours a day is his optimum, as he is healthy, happy & energetic.  He can be tricky to settle sometimes, but i'm starting to think its just because he likes to be active & awake.

Are there other babies like this?  And what sort of toddlers do they turn into?

#2 tick

Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:06 PM

My daughter has never been much of a sleeper.  She's happy, healthy and very energetic and physically active.  I couldn't tell you how much sleep she got per 24 hours at 11 months, but she was only having one nap a day at that stage.  

All children are different and although some people harp on and on about children being sleep deprived if they don't get x hours of sleep, it really does depend on the child.  If your child is happy and healthy, meeting milestones and all the rest of it, I can't really see any reason to worry!

#3 cinnabubble

Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:11 PM

Your baby hasn't read the book. My 22 month old hasn't either, as she refuses more than a max of 11.5 hours in a 24 hour period.

If the baby is happy I really wouldn't worry.

#4 Guest_Craptacular_*

Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:20 PM

14 hours?! Holy sh*t! My DS gets between 8 and 10 hours if I'm lucky.

#5 Lawns85

Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:20 PM

My baby hasn't read the book either! She was a great sleeper until she hit 4 or 5 months when she really started to 'wake up.'

We generally get a maximum of 13hours a day here too.

I have to keep reminding myself every day that every baby is different, and thankful that I get some sleep at night (we did have a dreadful period between 6-8 months though!)

#6 BentoBaby

Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:28 PM

QUOTE (Craptacular @ 26/01/2012, 07:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
14 hours?! Holy sh*t! My DS gets between 8 and 10 hours if I'm lucky.


Do you mean your 3 month old gets 8 hours in every 24 hours total (including nights?) That is definitely not enough sleep for a 12 week old bub even if they have low sleep needs.

My one year old used to live on about 10 hours but now does 12 hours and has since he started moving a lot more. I wouldn't worry, 12 is so close anyway!!

#7 Guest_BessMarvin_*

Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:30 PM

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Edited by BessMarvin, 12 April 2012 - 09:12 AM.


#8 liveworkplay

Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:34 PM

Who says that they have to have 14hrs?  I know from my three that kids all sleep different amounts in different blocks of time in a 24 hour period. I have never heard of a set amount a child must sleep at a certain age.

#9 Tesseract

Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:39 PM

My 10 month old gets up 10 hours after she goes to bed at night, like clockwork. Doesnt matter if she wakes up three times or not at all, it's always 10 hours after she went to bed that she gets up. Not a thing I can do about it. She takes two 40 minute naps a day. Occasionally she will go two cycles for one of her naps, but it's a rarity.

So that's 11.5 hours a day.

I'm over trying to get her to sleep more. She's happy, healthy, bright, very active, growing like nobody's business. Those numbers are just an average you know. Like, they say adults need 8 hours, well I need 9 to feel sane (not getting that at the moment), DH needs about 7 - average of 8 but individually different.

#10 Guest_Craptacular_*

Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:09 PM

QUOTE (mtilly @ 26/01/2012, 07:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you mean your 3 month old gets 8 hours in every 24 hours total (including nights?) That is definitely not enough sleep for a 12 week old bub even if they have low sleep needs.

My one year old used to live on about 10 hours but now does 12 hours and has since he started moving a lot more. I wouldn't worry, 12 is so close anyway!!


Yep. Sometimes he does as little as 8 hours in a 24 hour period. He might do 2x 30 minutes during the day, then at night blocks of 3 hours then 2 x 2 hours.

But what can I do? I give him the opportunity to sleep, I encourage him to sleep but if he doesn't want to sleep I don't know how to make him get anymore.   sad.gif

#11 NoMoreGuilt

Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:34 AM

My 11 month DS sleeps around 9pm - 6:30am, so thats 9.5 hours. Then he takes 2 naps of between 30 mins to 1 hr during the day.

So the max he sleeps is 11.5 hours over 24 hr period. He's bright and alert.

#12 heatherdv

Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:18 PM

fantastic.  thanks for the replies.  really great to know that there's other babies who are the same.  

i always worried that 11.5 hours was on the low side and he might be overtired.  i guess once he starts running around and getting more active his body will rest more if he needs it.

#13 soontobegran

Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:26 PM

An indication that this wasn't enough sleep would be in your babies behaviour.
If he is plays happily, eats and drinks well then he is probably having what he requires.
I don't remember having a baby sleeping 14 hours out of 24......well not until they were school age and I couldn't get them out of bed!
Watch for signals OP, you'll know for sure if your little boy is not getting enough sleep. original.gif

#14 ~A Poetic Winter~

Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:35 PM

QUOTE (Craptacular @ 26/01/2012, 11:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep. Sometimes he does as little as 8 hours in a 24 hour period. He might do 2x 30 minutes during the day, then at night blocks of 3 hours then 2 x 2 hours.

But what can I do? I give him the opportunity to sleep, I encourage him to sleep but if he doesn't want to sleep I don't know how to make him get anymore.   sad.gif


Wow not much at all  sad.gif


How is he though? Grumpy or happy? Meeting milestones, gaining weight, healthy etc?

#15 trishalishous

Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:39 PM

DD has never ben a sleeper, BUT has nice sleeps when she does go do. i just slept when she did (no me time sad.gif )

#16 BentoBaby

Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:40 PM

QUOTE (Craptacular @ 26/01/2012, 11:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep. Sometimes he does as little as 8 hours in a 24 hour period. He might do 2x 30 minutes during the day, then at night blocks of 3 hours then 2 x 2 hours.

But what can I do? I give him the opportunity to sleep, I encourage him to sleep but if he doesn't want to sleep I don't know how to make him get anymore.   sad.gif


I guess if he is happy/feeding well/growing then there is little more you can do. original.gif



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