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    Baby Sleep: What to Expect at 12 Months

    Baby Sleep: What to Expect at 12 Months
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    If you had four solid hours to play, explore, and pursue your unique interests, how would you spend them?

    Between 9 and 12 months, your baby might have four hours between naps to spend crawling, walking, playing with toys, and taking in the sights, smells, and textures of the world! Their tiny new teeth help them to try new foods and experience new flavors. Every single day is a brand new, exciting adventure - but what about at night? 

    Baby sleep at this stage is an adventure, too! 

    As your sweet baby's memory and language skills improve, they might be having colorful, wonderful dreams about the people that they love! They will also have plenty of time to dream, as some babies may begin sleeping up to twelve hours a night. These pleasant dreams are a new parent's dream come true! 

    We've created this guide to help you ensure that your active little one is getting the rest they need to take on the world! Keep reading to learn how Pixsee smart baby monitor can become your trusted parenting companion as you embark on this exciting stage with your one-year-old! 

    You might also want to read: Baby's Sleep Schedule: How Much Sleep Does Your Newborn Need?

    Sleep Patterns at 12 Months: What's New? 

    By nine months of age, your active baby will have too much to do to take three naps each day!  As their growing brains continue to develop, there will be a lot of changes in your family's daily schedule - or even your yearly schedule!

    On average, 9-month-old babies need about eleven hours of sleep per night. If your baby has developed the ability to self-soothe, these eleven hours might even be consecutive! Many babies still wake up once or twice each night seeking comfort as they continue to develop this essential skill. 

    By now, your baby might be experimenting with finger foods and cow's milk. Just like adults can sleep through the night without needing to wake up for a snack, babies this age can often sleep until breakfast. Any night feedings will probably be for comfort, not hunger. 

    Speaking of feeding, teething might continue to offer challenges at this stage. A lot of major teeth come in between 9 and 12 months, so be patient! 

    Baby Sleep and Separation Anxiety

    Separation AnxietyBy nine months of age, object permanence will have officially set in, and your smart little one will be aware of changes in your routine or environment. 

    The biggest change that many parents will tackle is the onset of separation anxiety. This behavior is evidence that your baby is experiencing incredible cognitive growth! It also means they may become wary of strangers, or become frustrated by small changes in routine that they can't yet communicate verbally. 

    What does this have to do with sleep? Now that your baby can clearly remember that you're nearby, they want you close! It's not uncommon for babies to get fussy at bedtime just because they trust and love you and don't want you to go! 

    Active Babies Want to Play!

    Imagine that you are a baby who has just learned how to pull themselves up. Every time you do it, your family claps and cheers and gives you plenty of praise! Why would you want to settle down and sleep when you have access to a crib - the perfect playground for a proud baby who loves standing, climbing, and cruising? 

    Unfortunately, babies do learn how to get up, but it takes a little longer to learn how to get back down! If your baby pulls themselves up in the crib, it may take some persistence to convince them that it's nap time. It is worthwhile to let your child practice going from standing to sitting during the day so you don't need to come to their rescue at 2:00 in the morning! 

    You can use your baby's love and adoration for you to your advantage here. Your sweet baby wants to be on your level and look into your eyes! If you sit, your baby is more likely to sit or lay down. 

    Baby Sleep- 12 Month Infographic


    The Incredible Disappearing Nap Time!

    Your 9 to 12-month-old baby only needs to nap for a total of three hours during the day. You might spread these out over two naps in the morning and the afternoon, or consolidate them into one great afternoon nap! 

    If your baby takes two naps, you can expect them to be active and exploring for three to four hours in between each nap. This is when so much of their physical development will take place! You can expect your Pixsee smart baby monitor to capture a lot of thrilling new skills as your little one walks, climbs, or even dances to music!

    Ultimately, the best sleeping schedule for your family will be unique to your child's needs. Take cues from your baby and settle on a nap schedule that works for you. This might mean replacing one nap with a period of quiet time, which is perfectly okay! 

    Safe Baby Sleep for Tiny Adventurers 

    Once your sweet baby begins sleeping through the night, you might find yourself sleeping better, too! You might even have worries about sleeping too deeply with your little one in another room. That's when Pixsee smart baby monitor can provide you with the peace of mind you need to slumber on!

    You will receive alerts each time your baby moves, cries, or tries to escape the crib and have an evening adventure! With 12 to 24 hour video playback, you won't miss a moment, day or night. 

    If your baby is still learning to self-settle, Pixsee's cry detection feature can be a lifesaver. There will be no distance between you and your baby as they learn to calm themselves and settle back down into a restful night of safe sleep.

    By 12 months, babies begin to sleep a lot deeper. Once your baby has settled down for the night, you can often expect them to stay that way. Your Pixsee smart baby monitor will be your extra set of eyes as they, well... sleep like a baby!

    Capture Those Dream Adventures With Pixsee Smart Baby Camera

    Whether they are adventuring during the day or exploring in their dreams, your baby is busy, busy, busy at 12 months. With the help of your Pixsee smart baby monitor, you won't miss a single moment of this exciting, dynamic stage of development. You can rest easy knowing your baby is safe while your baby rests easy themselves!

    Your Pixsee smart baby monitor can help you capture every milestone as your little one boogies their way through another exciting day! This smart home technology makes baby sleep easy, too. Buy the Pixsee on our Pixsee Shop or Amazon online store  and you won't have to miss another adventure! 


    publish:June 26, 2022, update:April 15, 2024

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