If you’re new to parenting, you might not know how troublesome getting your baby to sleep can be. You could also underestimate the importance of newborn sleep.
This article is here to help you with that.
1. You might not know this, but your newborn sleeps for more than 16 hours per day. However, they are unable to sleep for consecutive hours as their digestive system is so small that they need constant nourishment. They usually start to sleep more (between 6 to 8 hours) once they hit 3 months old.
2. It’s important for you to place your babies on their back to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). You should also not use blankets, quilts, sheepskins, or place stuffed toys and animals in places where your baby sleep. Another way to prevent SIDS is to alternate your baby’s head position from night to night to prevent the development of a flat spot on one side of the head.
3. Babies can have their nights and days confused. They could be alert and active at night and be sleep in the daytime. To discourage this, make the nights ‘boring’. As Jodi Mindell, the author of Sleeping Through The Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep said, “As night, keep the lights low and move slowly when you feed him. Be boring. Make sure he gets bright light in the morning, and keep him as busy as you can during the day. Make noise. Play with him.”
4. Bedtime rituals are extremely important. Doing the same activities in the same order every day helps your baby anticipate what will come next. This will help keep their sleep time consistent. Some things you can do to help your baby sleep are massages, baths, lullabies, prayers, rocking, nursing, or reading.
5. Don’t force a nap schedule on your baby just for convenience’s sake. Instead, try to match his or her time. However, take note that babies have irregular nap times before they hit 3 months old. After that, regular times should slowly start to form.
6. Keeping your baby close to you can help your baby’s growth. This can help regulate their heart rate, immune system, and stress levels. It also helps make breastfeeding easier. Your baby is also kept in lighter phases of sleep, which means that he or she can practice arousing and going back to sleep.