I definitely (and unfortunately) have fairly high sleep needs. Some people can sleep for 5-6 hours a night and be fine, but not me. I’ve tried to train myself to need less sleep but it doesn’t work. I need a solid 7-8 hours per night to be able to function. My children seem to take after me with their sleep needs. They tend to sleep more than other children their age. Part of this could be because I have trained them to sleep well, but I think that part if it is definitely because they have high sleep needs.
Having children with higher sleep needs can be nice because naps and nighttime sleep are usually solid. However, the downside of having children with higher sleep needs is that they tend to fall apart if they miss their naps or get to bed late.
How can you tell if your baby is high or low sleep needs? Today’s post from our BFBN week on sleep is by Emily from the Journey of Parenthood and talks about just how to tell if you have a low or high sleep needs baby.
“Traits of High Sleep Needs BabiesCan’t Handle Long Awake TimesMy second baby, Britt, drove me batty because she’d get SO grumpy SO quickly into her awake time. For the first several months of her life she’d literally eat then go to sleep. Her awake times stayed at 45 minutes for so long. She simply couldn’t handle any extra awake time.While Britt was very grumpy while awake, Spear is very happy while awake yet still doesn’t handle long awake times. At 7 months he typically only stays up for 1 hour and 45 minutes and often times shows signs of being ready for bed even earlier.Show Clear Signs of Tiredness
A beautiful thing with high sleep needs babies are that they typically have very obvious signs that they are tired and ready for bed. While I’ve had both a happy and a more grumpy personality in my high sleep needs babies: they both have had SUPER obvious signs that it’s time for bed.Even though often these signs are shown earlier than the “appropriate” time for bed, it’s better to follow the sleep cues and put the high sleep baby to bed earlier rather than push them to be awake longer and then, therefore, cause overstimulation and over-tiredness.”
This entire week, the ladies of the BFBN are all blogging about sleep… our favorite topic! Here is the schedule below.
- Chronicles of a Babywise Mom: How to Solve Sleep Problems in Toddlers and Preschoolers – Monday
- Twin Mom and More: How to Establish Good Sleep Habits from Birth – Tuesday
- Let’s Be Brave: How To Transition To One Nap – Tuesday
- Mama’s Organized Chaos: How to Know if Your Child is Ready to Drop to No Naps – Wednesday
- Team Cartwright: 7 Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime – Wednesday
- Christine Keys: 5 Powerful Reasons Babywise is for All Kinds of Babies – Thursday
- Wiley Adventures: Thursday
- The Journey of Parenthood: How to Tell if You Have a High Sleep Needs or Low Sleep Needs Baby – Friday