Between 16 to 17 hours a day. That’s the amount of sleeping time a newborn requires during their first few months. Within this window, you’ll notice newborns will only sleep for about 2 to 4 hours at a time.
Unlike older children, infants are born without a properly set biological clock. As they age, their system begins to develop and adapt a day and night rhythm. Parents (especially first time parents) may need to understand that it takes time for babies to adjust their sleeping patterns so they don’t end up forcing the baby to sleep.
Moreover, a “full night’s rest” for a baby is only equivalent to 5 hours of sleep at a time. It won’t be until they hit 1-2 years old that they finally gain a stabilised night sleeping pattern.
Getting a newborn to sleep is a challenge. Any new parent will attest to that. But there are ways around it. Here are a few things you can use as a guide.
Allow Your Baby to Be Acquainted with Night Time and Day Time Sleeping
Getting a baby to sleep is hard work. Newborns have no concept of night time sleeping. In fact, on some occasions, there are babies that are more active during the night. As parents, it’s best not to force your child to sleep if they don’t want to yet.
One important thing you can do, however, is train them to distinguish between daytime and night time sleeping. Do this by first creating a comfortable and relaxing space around them.
Allow them to sleep in a lighted environment with natural sounds during the day. And at night, make sure it’s dark and quiet.
Allow Your Baby to Soothe Themselves
There are countless means to encourage a newborn to sleep, one of them being self-soothing. This happens when a child performs or learns certain things to keep them calm and help with their sleeping. It can be anything from touching their face or sucking on their thumb.
Use Special Sleep Trainers
A sleep trainer provides a subtle signal to the baby that he or she should be sleeping soon. If used properly, this can become an effective sleep trigger. Sleep triggers can be music, bath time, or even reading time.
Learn to Identify Your Baby’s Sleeping Cues
When a baby is tired, they often show signs. Make sure to pay close attention to this as it may signal that they are prepared to take a nap or sleep at night. A few things to notice include a baby losing interest in playing, yawning, having tantrums, being fussy or cranky, among many others.
Getting a baby to fall asleep might be challenging but with proper training and a few simple tips to follow, it is possible.
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