If you have recently given birth, we are sure that the most common question you are asked is whether you are sleeping well. We reveal everything you need to know about the sleep of babies up to 3 months. You’ll see, it’s not as scary as everyone says.
Babies initially sleep a lot, between 16-17 hours during the day. You must be wondering why moms are mostly sleep deprived. The problem is that in most cases they do not sleep more than two hours at a time and this results in fatigue and insomnia. During the night, you will certainly have to get up several times to change, feed and comfort your baby.
Why is a baby’s sleep schedule so unpredictable?
The sleep cycle of babies is comparatively shorter than that of adults and they spend more time in the REM phase of sleep which is necessary for the special development that takes place in the brain. The problem is that the REM phase of sleep is much easier and we wake up from it much easier, which is why most parents try not to breathe when the baby is sleeping. This “unpredictable” phase is necessary for proper development, and luckily it doesn’t last long, although it may seem like an eternity because you’re constantly sleep-deprived.
When does the baby start sleeping longer?
In the period of 6-8 weeks of age, most babies begin to sleep in shorter periods during the day and slightly longer periods during the night and wake up only when it is time to feed. In that period, the REM phases of sleep are also somewhat shorter.
Between 4-6 months, most babies are able to sleep for 8-12 hours during the night, experts say, and for some babies, this phase starts already at 6 weeks of age, but most do not reach it before 5/6 months, and some of them continue to wake up at night and after the birthday. It is very important that babies instill good habits from the beginning, that they fall asleep on their own and that they have a routine, which is also a very important item.
How to inculcate good sleeping habits in babies?
Here are some important tips that will help you inculcate good habits and establish a routine in babies from the first day of birth.
Create a sleep schedule. Babies in the first weeks of life are not able to stay awake for more than two hours, and do not even accidentally wake them up, as this can later cause numerous problems with falling asleep.
Teach your baby to know the difference between night and day. You must have heard many times how mothers talk about their babies that they exchanged night for day. For the first few weeks, you won’t be able to do anything about it, but after two weeks, try to have a bedtime routine at night that is different from sleeping during the day. When the baby wakes up during the day, play with him, talk, let the room you are in be well lit. Likewise, do not turn down the TV, radio and telephone, the baby needs to get used to daily sounds.
At night, don’t play with the baby when he wakes up, keep the light dim and don’t talk to him too much.
Watch for signs of tiredness in the baby. As soon as you notice that the baby is nervous, rubs his eyes or pulls his ears, immediately put him to sleep. Over time, you will develop a sixth sense and you will know exactly when it is time for the baby to sleep.
Routine. We have emphasized many times until now that routine is important, so try to establish it from the earliest days. Let it be a bath before bed, reading or a lullaby. Just try to do it at the same time every night and preferably in the same order.
And at the very end, it’s important to put the baby in the crib while it’s still awake, don’t let it fall asleep in your arms or stroller. You can carry the baby in your arms, but put him in the crib while the eyes are still open so that he can continue sleeping in the crib.
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