You’re beautiful bundle of joy is finally here! Everyone you know has already warned you that your personal sleep time will become a thing of the past, but don’t worry, it doesn’t last forever! Here are some helpful tips and good-to-know facts to help you get through this stage in your babies early beginnings:
Why Does Your Newborn Want to Stay Up All Night and Sleep All Day?
Wouldn’t it be great if your baby were born with the same awake/sleep schedule as the rest of the family? That usually doesn’t happen as a lot of babies seem to prefer the nighttime hours for activity, and daytime hours for sleeping. Be patient, most babies adjust to the family timetable in a month or so.
You might have known whether or not your baby was a night owl when he was in utero. Did you feel him moving around most nights when you were trying to sleep? Even if his schedule synched up with yours during pregnancy, his sleeping patterns could have been disrupted by labor and delivery especially if it was a long process and at night.
How Much Sleep Does My Baby Need?
Your baby is going to sleep a lot, around 16 hours a day, but some babies need more sleep and others need less. Here is an estimate of sleeping patterns for most babies:
- 0-3 months needs around 16-18 hours of sleep per day
- 3-6 months needs around 15 hours of sleep per day
- 6-12 months needs around 14 hours of sleep per day
- 12 months needs around 12-13 hours of sleep per day
How Can I Get My Baby To Sleep Longer?
- Establish a wake-up time and stick to it, even if your baby was up most of the night. Sleeping in may sound like a great idea, but it won’t help with your goal of sleeping through the night.
- Try not let your baby sleep for long periods during the day, wake him for feedings for the first month or so, even if he’s fast asleep.
- During the day you want your baby to be awake so open your shades and curtains and put on some lively music on, run the dishwasher or vacuum, make the usual household sounds.
How Many Naps Does My Baby Need a Day?
Sleep is necessary for babies and young children. Their brains and bodies are developing fast and nighttime rest isn’t enough. Regular naps help them get the sleep they need.
How Can I tell if My Baby is tired?
You can usually tell when your baby is getting tired by the flowing signs:
- Rubbing Eyes
- Pulling Ears
- Arching Back