My baby does not sleep during the day

Francine Mels
Dream rhythm coach
7 min

Good sleep is the basis for a nice rhythm for you and your baby. A baby who has slept well, drinks, cries less, and sleeps better.

Moreover, sleep is essential for your baby's development: he grows and develops his brain during sleep. At the same time, sleeping is not always easy: many babies sleep little or only have short cat naps during the day. Do you want to get started with this? Then read this blog!

How much sleep does a baby need?

To answer this question, you should not only look at the amount of sleep, but also at the quality of sleep. Both are regulated by two systems in your baby's body: the sleep drive and the sleep hormones.

The sleep urge builds when your baby is awake and immediately plummets as soon as he has slept - even if only for a short time. If your child wakes up after a short nap, it is therefore difficult to fall asleep again.

It is important that your child does not wake up completely at such a moment, but can continue to sleep on its own.

That is only possible if he feels safe and secure. A familiar place to sleep is essential here.

The sleep hormones start to play a role from the age of six weeks: cortisol (the wake-up hormone) ensures that your baby can stay awake longer and melatonin (sleep hormone) ensures that your child can sleep well.

To properly adjust these hormones, predictability is important.

Predictability provides so-called 'zeitgebers' that the body recognizes and that adjusts the hormones properly.

Number of hours of sleep per day

A newborn baby needs a lot of sleep: 16-20 hours a day in the first two weeks and then 14-16 hours a day.

Is your baby sleeping less? Then he gets too few hours of sleep, he becomes overtired, it is more difficult for him to fall asleep and he also wakes up earlier. You enter a downward spiral and it is difficult to get a rhythm in the day.

If your baby sleeps well at night but not during the day, you have a shaky balance.

There is no good basis for sleep and that eventually also translates to the night.


Sleep quality

Good sleep quality occurs when a sleep cycle is completed. That's right. A baby's sleep cycle lasts 45 minutes and consists of several sleep stages of lighter (REM) and deeper sleep. If a baby completes a sleep cycle, then there is sufficient deep and REM sleep.

Does a nap take less than 45 minutes? Then we call that a nap and your little one is not sufficiently rested. It is therefore possible that your baby sleeps enough hours a day, but that he is still tired: the sleep quality is then insufficient.

We see that today's babies have a lot more trouble completing a sleep cycle than they used to.

That is not surprising, because our lives are now much busier and your baby is included in this. That affects your little one's sleep.

Rest, rhythm and regularity are often lacking. You can see this in the different sleeping places of a baby: the playpen, the cradle, the stroller, on the lap of mom/dad, the baby carrier, with grandpa and grandma, on holiday, at daycare, etc.

All these different sleeping places make sleeping restless and unpredictable for a baby.

As a result, it does not feel familiar, he sleeps more restlessly and wakes up faster.

Sleep more during the day

If your child sleeps few hours and/or has short naps during the day, you can help him to sleep more/longer. You do this by putting him to bed at the right time and by offering him predictability.

Put to bed at the right time

How well your baby falls asleep is determined by the sleep urge and the sleep hormones. If the urge to sleep is high (your baby is tired) and the cortisol level is low (your baby is not kept awake by this hormone), then it is the ideal time to put your child to bed.

We also call this the optimal 'sleep window'. Do you put your little one to bed earlier? Then there is still not enough sleep urge. Will you put him to bed later? Then cortisol is produced again and your little one is over his sleep.

The optimal sleep window increases if you offer your child predictability with a familiar bedtime ritual and a fixed place to sleep.

Because of this predictability, the body knows what is coming and the hormones adjust to this.

When is the right time to put your baby to bed? For this you can pay attention to your baby's sleeping signals (looking away, yawning). Do you doubt the sleep signals? Then use the waking time as a guideline. The waking time is the time between when your baby wakes up and goes back to sleep.

0-2 weeks
45 minutes
4-8 p.m
2 weeks - 2 months
First 60 minutes,
later 75-90 minutes
4 to 8
3-4 pm
2-4 months
75-90 minutes
4 to 6
2-4 pm
4-6 months
90 minutes
4 to 5
2-4 pm
6-8 months
2 hours - 90 minutes - 90 minutes - (90 minutes) - 3 hours
3 to 4
2-4 pm
8-12 months
2 hours - 3 hours - 3 hours - 3 hours or 2 hours - 3 hours - 4 hours
2 to 3
2-3 pm
0-2 months:
Red light
Do not do or introduce new things. your baby is starting his first development phase (orientation) and is working on his basic attachment. He gets a circadian rhythm at the age of six weeks, which changes everything into sleeping country. Lay a foundation for good sleeping habits: avoid too many stimuli, pay attention to waking times (75-90 minutes) and keep everything predictable: sleeping becomes predictable for your baby.
2-4 months:
green light
Here you enter calmer waters. Work on good sleeping habits and ensure a nice rhythm, paying attention to waking times (45-75-90 minutes). You can also use a bedtime ritual, this doesn't have to be long as long as it's the same every time. By always using the same bedtime ritual, your baby knows what's coming and he gets into a rhythm more easily.
4-6 months:
Red light
The first sleep regression moment is here. Your baby is also entering the second stage of development and needs predictable responses. Sleep patterns change. Poultry and wet is the motto here, make sure you don't 'make' too many undesirable sleep associations and keep an eye on the waking times that come with this age (90 minute rhythm).
6-8 months:
green light
Although this phase is better, it is not going very smoothly yet and that has everything to do with the previous phase. But this is a moment when the waters are calming down again. Time to work well on the sleep basis and you do that by working with longer waking times in the morning and afternoon, you keep the waking times of 2 hours in the morning, 90 minutes in between and 3 hours in the evening.
8-12 months:
Red light
The second sleep regression moment has arrived. So this is somewhere between 8 and 12 months (and really not four months long). This regression is one of the worst times to work on sleep. Both in its development and attachment, your baby is also going to a new phase. This regression moment has everything to do with sleep consolidation, the merging of sleeping hours. Your baby will simply sleep better/longer at night, just like grown-ups do, and will therefore need fewer hours during the day. So 2-3 hours during the day (during 2-3 naps) is fine. If you follow the 2-3-4 rhythm, you won't get a 'sleep strike' either.
And after that?
Make sure your baby is and stays comfortable in the 2-3-4 Rhythm, which starts around the age of eight months and works for a while! And think: how beautiful this really is. That a baby is so predictable, so perfect, so beautiful. That one baby is really not the other, but growing and blooming, the elusive changes, just goes so nicely in steps. How beautiful is it that a little one is born with a different sleeping brain, precisely so that he can be fed more often and cannot go to sleep too deep (dangerously). That those sleeps are there during the day, are necessary and made possible, precisely to be able to process and grow.

Bedtime ritual

With a fixed bedtime ritual, your child knows what's coming. That feels safe and familiar and ensures that your child can easily 'let go' and fall asleep.

Such a ritual does not have to be very complicated, as long as you always do the same thing so that it feels familiar to your child.

So make sure you always have the same order, always the same sound/music, always the same place to sleep.

A bedtime ritual can look like this: changing and sleeping bag on -> closed curtains -> cuddle -> put in his own bed -> put on his own sleep music and say good night.

In the evening the ritual can be a bit longer than during the day, as long as it remains recognizable.

The ritual doesn't have to be long (preferably not, because then your baby gets overstimulated). However, it is important to do it with all your attention and to do the same thing over and over again. This way it feels very familiar and safe for your baby.

Fixed sleeping place

A fixed place to sleep, just like a bedtime ritual, provides predictability.

Turn a sleeping environment into a permanent sleeping place where your baby always sleeps.

With a fixed sleeping place, the environment becomes recognizable for your baby and he knows what is coming. Habits are more easily absorbed, your baby will make its own sleep associations, fall asleep more easily and sleep longer.


How do you do that? Let your baby sleep in his own bed from birth. Is there unrest? Then you can alternate his own bed with the baby carrier or stroller. In this case, choose one or the other, so that you don't get more than two places to sleep.


As your child grows, this can become more difficult. You also want to go away (visit, weekend away, vacation, shelter) and a fixed place to sleep is then difficult to realize. But no less important! Try to give your baby a fixed place to sleep as much as possible.



Good sleep is the basis for a nice rhythm and important for the development of your baby.

Sleeping well means not only getting enough hours of sleep, but also completing the sleep cycle completely. Both during the day and at night.

In order to sleep well, it is important to create peace, rhythm and regularity for your baby. You do this by putting him to bed on time and offering him predictability with a familiar bedtime ritual and a fixed place to sleep.

That is not always easy: your 'ordinary' life is quite busy. You work, want to visit and go on holiday or a weekend away.

We have developed the PIKO to give your baby peace, rhythm and regularity without completely putting your own life aside.

PIKO helps

The PIKO gives your baby peace, rhythm and regularity.

The PIKO is a sleeping cocoon for your baby that ensures that your baby gets a nice rhythm. You can use it anywhere (in bed, in the crib, in the playpen, with grandpa/grandma, on vacation) so your baby has one dependable sleeping place. As such, PIKO provides your baby with the reassurance of a single, familiar sleeping space, making sleeping easier.

It dampens the light by 95% and provides a low-stimulus and dependable sleeping environment so your baby can sleep better. It also provides a familiar sound wherever your baby is, so your baby feels safe and can sleep well. This sound even turns on when your baby cries, making him sleep longer.

And you will also receive tailored advice from a certified sleep coach so that you no longer have to doubt whether you are doing it right. Instead, you find a rhythm that suits you and your baby.

The PIKO helps your baby to sleep better so you can enjoy this lovely period again.


Frequently Asked Questions

Below we answer a number of frequently asked questions about the PIKO. If you have a question that is not listed here, do not hesitate to contact us.

From when can I use the PIKO?

You can use the PIKO from birth. We recommend starting this as early as possible, so that your baby immediately has a low-stimulus and secure sleeping environment and gets used to his own familiar sleeping environment.

Until when can I use the PIKO?

You can adjust the length of the PIKO and use it for up to 12 months. However, for safety reasons, we recommend that you stop using the PIKO when your baby can sit up independently. This is usually around 9-10 months.

How can I phase out the PIKO?

When your child starts to pull up and can sit independently, it is time to phase out the use of the PIKO. This is usually around 9-10 months. Of course you can continue to use the PIKO POD. The best way to finish the PIKO is explained in the PIKO App.

We see that babies have little difficulty with the reduction, because they have established a good sleeping base with the PIKO.

What do I get when I buy the PIKO?

When you buy the PIKO, you get a complete package that helps you find a nice rhythm for you and your baby. This package consists of:

- PIKO CAP (adjustable in two sizes)

- PIKO sheets (two sizes)


- PIKO App

- PIKO bag

- PIKO mattress (optional)

Can I also rent the PIKO?

Yes, you can also rent the PIKO! This can be done via Tinylibrary or Borntorent . Especially if your child is a bit older, it will be cheaper if you rent.