Baby Wellness Guide
Ages 6 months – 2 years
Looking Forward to Each Day as Parents
Six months into getting to know each other, you and your baby have most likely settled
into some comfortable routines around eating, sleeping, and playing. Also, now that you
are more familiar with your baby, you’re probably beginning to feel a little more confident
about your parenting skills.
So what comes next?
New habits, more firsts, and many more questions!
Every day with your baby is filled with new experiences. This guide will help answer your
questions about specific parenting issues you may face as your baby grows. As always,
be sure to follow the advice of your pediatrician and get ready to enjoy this next stage
of parenting. It will be a wonderful experience for both you and your baby.
• Your Baby and Sleep
• Nutrition and Teething
• New Behaviors
• Checkups & Immunizations
• Colds & Flu
• Safety Measures
• Contact Information
• Fun Stuff
Baby Wellness Guide Ages 6 Months - 2 years
Your Baby and Sleep
For most babies, sleep patterns start to become more predictable after -4 months of
age and even though each baby is an individual when it comes to sleep, by 6 months
babies generally sleep longer at night. Although your baby is older now, your baby still
needs lots of sleep.
Here are some ideas of what to expect:
6 to 12 months
Between 6 and months, babies sleep about 4-5 hours per day, with some babies
sleeping more and some sleeping less. At 6 months, babies still need -3 naps per day,
but by months many babies may only need naps per day.
12 to 24 months
At this age, babies sleep about -4 hours per day and at months most are still taking
naps a day. Although most babies will have dropped to nap a day by 8 months, naps
will not be given up completely during this age. Daytime naps are still important and well
rested babies are less likely to become cranky or overtired.
A comforting, unwinding routine before bed will not only help y