How should newborn baby sleep ? September 13, 2018 – Posted in: General
Do you want your baby to sleep deeply and soundly?
Does my baby sleep well?
What should be available to ensure enough hours of sleep for him, and when should he wake up?
What if he was sleeping during the wrong hours?
As a new mother or a pregnant woman, you should be prepared to take care of your baby.
It is impossible to put a sleeping schedule because your baby would still be adjusting, and like you, he needs time to understand that he is out of the womb.
Here are some of the information you might be looking for:
- A newborn baby sleeps approximately eighteen to twenty hours a day. And that’s during the first two weeks. The hours start to decrease gradually until he reaches the month, then he starts sleeping for eight hours during the night and eight hours during the day and they would be discontinuous.
- The baby needs to breastfeed every time he wakes up because every time he sleeps he wakes up hungry. So, the amount of food he needs is related to the amount of time he sleeps.
- Because every baby is different, maybe your baby sleeps soundly or he might move too much and breaths loudly in one night. He might also jump a little while he’s sleeping.
- The presence of the baby with you in the same room from the day he’s born till he reaches six months is important for him to feel safe and so he gets used to you.
- Make sure to pick his bed sheets to be made of pure cotton and wash them with baby soap so that he doesn’t get any allergies.
If your baby stays awake longer than usual or if he does any of these things, then it’s a sign of fatigue and desire for sleep:
- A lot of yawning and stretching.
- Eye rubbing.
- Continuous crying.
How do I schedule my baby’s sleep during the first six months?
- Don’t rush things and remember that it is temporary, and you can start thinking about schedules after the sixth week.
- Make sure that the room temperature is convenient. Move the heating device away from the baby or avoid putting his crib under or facing the AC
- At the age of a week:
Day: eight hours
Night eight and a half hours
- At the age of four weeks
Day: (6.75) hours
Night: (8.75) hours
- At the age of three months
Day: five hours
Night: ten hours
The best sleeping positions for the baby:
Dear mother, let us show you the safe and right sleeping positions for your baby that allow to sleep comfortably and without the need to stay alert all night. And it also allows him to get enough amount of sleep without hurting him.
- The best position the studies have shown for the first year is for the baby to sleep on his back with his head titled either right or left so that the shape of his head doesn’t get affected.
- It’s not preferred that your baby sleeps on his side but it’s not dangerous. because he might refuse to fall asleep on his back, you’ll have to put him on his right or left side. You will have to spread his arm on his side so he doesn’t roll on his tummy during sleep.
- Avoid putting your baby on his tummy thinking that it’ll reduce cramps and gasses; because studies showed that sleeping on the tummy is one of the main reasons for death among newborn babies.
- Make sure that the baby’s clothes aren’t very this so that they don’t bother him or increase their temperature during sleep. Also, it’s not best to wrap him when he’s sleeping by your side because that will also cause an increase in heat.
Things not to worry about during your newborn baby’s sleep:
- Sleeping for a long time, for that is very normal.
- Waking frequently.
- Sweating and fast breathing. Because sleeping deeply after breastfeeding and feeling full causes sweating. And fast breathing is normal as long as it doesn’t exceed 60 breaths per minute.
- Babies sleeping with one eye open: it differs between babies so don’t worry about it especially in the night.
This subject is considered the most important concerning your baby so don’t ignore your baby’s sleep because it’s the basis for his comfort and growth. take care of him and we’ll get you the information on what’s important and fundamental for both of your lives; because you are the one responsible for his happiness and comfort and your happiness is the foundation of that.