A newborn can sleep up to 20 hours a day. The amount of sleep decreases rapidly as the baby grows. At the age of one month it is only 16 hours and at the age of sixteen years it is 13-14 hours. During the first months of life, sleep is evenly distributed throughout the day. Slowly, the longest sleep periods begin to settle into the night and the baby begins to monitor more during the day.
There are individual differences in how babies sleep
Babies are individuals from an early age and there may be major differences in sleep patterns between children. Some babies may sleep up to one hour long, while others sleep several hours at a time.
Sleep progresses in periods of about an hour, sometimes deeper, sometimes lighter. In a lighter sleep, the baby may sound, open his eyes and move. However, he will continue his dreams if nothing wakes him up. Some babies move smoothly from one sleep period to the next, and parents do not always notice the difference. Other babies wake up again between sleep periods.
For the next few months, the baby will have no rhythm
The baby has no circadian rhythms during the first few months, but you can help with your regular rhythm. Adhere to your regular daily rhythm: when parents make a clear difference between morning, day, evening and night, it is easier for the baby to find regularity in life. A clear day rhythm supports the evenings and nights. Repeat the rhythm day after day and gradually your baby will learn it. You can try to guide your baby to sleep at times that are appropriate for the rhythm of your family.
Good sleep patterns make it easier to fall asleep
Try to make your baby’s sleeping area as dark as possible. It is a good idea to do night-time feeds and diaper changes as much as possible to ensure that your baby does not refresh more than necessary. It is a good idea to invest in the last feed before dreaming to keep your baby hungry for as long as possible.
Sometimes sleeping a small child can be really demanding. Babies are different in how easily they fall asleep. Some parents get used to helping their child sleep by taking a lap, reflecting or breastfeeding. It’s good to remember that your baby will quickly get used to the mum or dad’s ways of falling asleep and expect the same thing to happen every time.
If a child is used to the presence of a parent as the sleep becomes shallower and lighter, he or she begins to become sensitive and begins to demand his or her parent. You might also want to try a sleeping toy or sleeping bag to soothe your baby, it can bring your baby to safety.
If your baby is not sleeping, the reason may be
- flatulence or stomach ache
- too little socializing during the day
- Fatigue, which may be due to excessive stimulation
- change of sleeping place
- too loud noises in the home
- bright lights / too bright sleeping position
- baby’s alertness
At about 4-6 months of age, the number of night rushes may temporarily increase. At this age, the baby’s development is progressing rapidly and affects the quality of the baby’s sleep. All new skills, such as crawling and other learning to move, affect your baby’s sleep. The baby calms down more slowly because he is excited about his new skills. Thus, evenings and nights and other sleep times may be restless.
For many babies after a restless day, falling asleep is also more difficult. If you find that the events of the day have an effect on your baby’s sleep or quality of sleep, try to calm the day and limit too much stimulation.
Many times the baby sleeps best during the day, in the fresh air. A baby monitor is a great help if your baby is sleeping in the yard or on the balcony. You can sleep for a moment in your own privacy, or even do your homework and hear with the baby monitor when your baby calls.