Baby Sleep Basics
The worst fear for any parent is that the baby will be awake all night and not sleep. As irritating as this might be, there are some simple solutions. Here are the basics on everything concerning babies sleep.
Stages of sleep in different ages
Newborn babies sleep an average of 17-18 hours a day in the first weeks, and 15 hours when they are 3 months old. But it’s most likely to be only 3-4 hours at a time, regardless of what time of the day (or night) it is.
Until the tender age of 6 months the baby basically sleeps about 15 hours per day, of which approximately 10 of them are at night and rest during the three naps during the day (the amount day naps are normally reduced to two at the age of 6 months). At the beginning of this period the mother probably needs to breastfeed once or twice each night; at 6 months, most babies sleep through the night.
At 6-9 months of age, babies needs about 14 hours sleep per day and can sleep up to seven hours at a time. If your baby sleeps longer than that, it probably has come to rest after a short awakening.
When your baby is between 9-12 months it can sleep 10-12 hours a night and nap twice during the day, about 1 1/2-2 hours at a time.
Even if some babies sleep through the night at the age of 8 weeks, many are not comfortable enough with this until they are 5-6 months. As a parent, this might be irritating and you might think that everything you try is wrong. The basic about putting a baby to sleep is simple: pick one routine and stick to it.
There are some additional tips that you can follow. They are all very basic, but will help you but you baby to sleep well during the night.
- Lay your baby to sleep on the back, not on the stomach or side. Any other way of sleeping can be dangerous for the baby.
- Place your baby’s feet at the foot of the bed, so that it cannot slide too far down under blanket; this will prevent the baby from becoming too hot. Keep the temperature in the room as your baby sleeps around 18 degrees.
- Use sheets and thin blankets over the baby’s bed.
- Check your baby’s body temperature by feeling the stomach. Take away a blanket if your baby feels too warm, add a light blanket if it feels too cold. Do not go after your baby’s hands or feet, because they usually feel a bit cold.
When you get your baby to a basic sleeping routine the baby will get more regular sleep at night. Remember that it takes time to adopt a routine and give your baby time to feel comfortable with it. In the end, it will give result.