Newborns sleep- Do you understand your babies' sleep?
Many parents are exhausted by their new babies. Every mom is the first time becoming a mom, and no one really tells you how to manage your baby's sleep and the rhythm of the newborn's sleep. Don't worry! Let's spend a bit more time learning more about your baby.
Understanding newborn sleep
As a baby grows, the number of hours of sleep needed and the duration of sleep periods throughout the day and night will change.
In the first few weeks after birth, newborns sleep most of the day and night, 14-20 hours in a 24-hours day. Does it sound amazing? You need to know this does not happen in a long-time block. It is broken into many shorter periods as babies need to regularly feed and change their nappy.
Newborns nap between 7 and 9 hours during the daytime. If naps are less than 1 hour, you need to reduce awake time by about 15 minutes.
As time passes, you may find the daytime sleep time becomes shorter.
Two types of baby sleep cycle
Newborn babies typically go through two stages of sleep in babies under three months old- rapid eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement (NREM). REM is always known as active sleep, while NREM is quiet sleep. Newborns sleep up to 50% in the REM stage, and you can easily see babies' eyes move around even the eyes are closed. In the NREM stage, they are almost still and breathe regularly.
Why your newborn won't sleep at night?
- Newborns often cannot differentiate between day and night. Newborns' Circadian rhythm hasn't fully developed.
- Your baby may be overstimulated. For example, it's hard to sleep if your baby has long-time activities as their brain is too excited to sleep.
- Lack of security. Your baby needs you, and they want to know where you are and what you are doing.
Five tips to help newborns get to sleep well
- Be aware of your baby's sleepy signs. Newborn babies have various signs of tiredness. Pay attention to your baby's signs of sleepiness. Your babies will fall asleep much more quickly when you put them down the first time they give you a sign.
- Ensure a comfortable sleeping environment. Provide your baby with a harmonious atmosphere and room temperature between 16 to 20 degrees. Also, try to keep quiet.
- Develop a bedtime routine. Create a consistent bedtime routine that includes enjoyable and relaxed activities, like bedtime stories and Infant massage.
- Be well prepared before bed. Newborns sleep best when they be full and poo is expelled. Parents can change clean nappy and clothes before going to sleep.
- Develop the habit of falling asleep on themselves. Make your child used to be placed in bed awake, which helps your newborn fall asleep independently.
Why are newborns not sleeping is the trouble?
Taking care of a baby who refuses to sleep will feel frustrated. Babies keep crying can make parents overwhelmed and sometimes annoying. If parents get up a lot at night for a long time, it might cause mental and well-being issues.
If you are worried about your newborn's sleep, speak with a professional for help.
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