Reasons for your 1 year old sleeping a lot and not eating.
Most parents are happy to have a 1 year old sleeping a lot. What a luxury to be able to sleep through the night and not get woken for feeds every few hours? At what stage do you start to worry about your 1 year old sleeping a lot and not eating?
Throughout your baby’s development there will be many stages and changes to their sleeping and eating patterns. A newborn tends to sleep 14-18 hours a day on average. They will wake for feeding times and generally go straight back to sleep again. Most of the time there is nothing to worry about, but if your 1 year old is sleeping a lot and not eating here are some reasons why.
Your baby may be experiencing a growth spurt:
Your baby will go through a series of growth spurts during their first 12 months. There is no exact timetable as to when a growth spurt will occur and the development of each baby is unique. A growth spurt will cause your baby to sleep more and to miss regular mealtimes. They may eat fewer times a day, but will probably make it for it in quantity. But don’t worry, this is normal; a growth spurt is one of the main reasons for your 1 year old sleeping a lot and not eating!
Your baby may be teething:
Most people associate teething with crying babies and sleepless nights. But the opposite can also be true. Often a teething baby can develop a low grade fever which will mean extra sleep to fight the fever. If your baby has started solids the irritated gums will mean eating less, so you may have to substitute solids for breast milk or formula during this sensitive time. During teething it is quite normal for a 1 year old to be sleeping a lot and not eating.
Your baby may be ill:
Don’t panic! All babies will develop an illness or contract a virus at some stage, and possibly more than one. Colds and flue effect babies the same as they effect adults. Fighting a virus is exhausting, which is why viruses and sleep go hand-in-hand. Remember how lousy you feel when you’re fighting a bout of flue? Your baby feels no different, and sleep is the best medicine. But if you feel that your 1 year old sleeping a lot and not eating goes on too long (longer than 5-7 days), or if the fever gets too high please seek advice from your doctor or health care provider.
When sleeping too much is a problem:
So we’ve given you the three main causes of a 1 year old sleeping a lot and not eating, but when does sleeping too much become a problem?
It is normal for babies, even 1 year olds, to sleep 11-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours during the day. Monitor your baby’s development and if they are showing the normal signs of curiosity, crawling, walking or even trying to talk then there’s no need to worry. If you feel your baby is sleeping too much, is lethargic and missing feed times regularly then it’s time to consult a medical practitioner to rule out any medical reason for your baby to be so sleepy.