This age group is pretty simple so far as what your sleep goals are. Things are pretty straight forward for this age group with fewer exceptions and caveats than with the earlier ages. Here are your three main goals for this age group:
- Baby is put in bed awake
- Baby sleeps in her own bed
- Baby sleeps at consistent times (regular naps and a set bedtime and morning waketime)
These are the things you want to be doing with this age group.
This is the age to get serious about teaching baby to sleep in her bed if you haven't already (and if that is a goal you have). See the CIO Bootcamp--Revised and Updated if you need help. You also want baby sleeping in her own bed if that is where you want her. It is also important and possible to have set bedtimes and regular naps each day.
There are also two subgoals you want to have for this age group:
- Baby takes two naps that are at least 1.5 hours long. Baby might also take a third nap, which can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- Baby sleeps through the night.
The first three main goals must be met before you can realistically hope for these two subgoals to be reached. Yes, some babies will reach one or both of these even if none of the first three are met; however, most will not in this age group.
Some of you are going to have difficulty with number one. If so, be sure to look over the 45 minute intruder posts and the Naps: Troubleshooting post. Take the advice in those to heart, including the advice to relax about it all. If you are having short nap troubles, be sure to read through those for advice and encouragement.
If you are having night issues, be sure to see the Nighttime Sleep Issues post.