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Newborn Sleep - All You Need To Know

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Finding the rhythm of a newborn’s sleep patterns is a constant challenge. Most babies settle into a comfortable routine sooner or later. Parents and carers need to know what is and is not normal for their babies.

In the first few weeks of life, newborns sleep about 15 -18 hours per day, distributed evenly over six to seven brief sleep periods (more sleep hours, in more segments, for babies who are premature or who have health issues). Throughout the first few months, your newborn will gradually set into a pattern of defined naps and nighttime sleep.

A typical baby’s biological clock doesn’t actually begin to mature until about 6 to 9 weeks of age, and it is not working smoothly until about 4 to 5 months of age. Eventually, a baby reaches a point when he or she is mostly awake during the day, and mostly asleep during the night. If things are working perfectly and there are no outside factors getting in the way, at about 9 to 10 months of age, a baby’s sleep periods consolidate so that he or she wakes and goes to sleep at about the same times every day, and the sleep spans are longer and more consistent.

Newborn Sleep - All You Need To Know - Timmi Store

🌿How can you help your baby fall asleep?

Not all babies know how to put themselves to sleep. When it's time for bed, many parents want to rock their baby to sleep. Newborns and younger infants will fall asleep while breastfeeding. Having a routine at bedtime is a good idea. But if an older baby falls asleep while eating or in your arms, this may become a pattern. Your baby may then start to expect to be in your arms to fall asleep. When your baby briefly awakens during a sleep cycle, he or she may not be able to go back to sleep on his or her own.

After the newborn period, most experts recommend allowing your baby to become sleepy in your arms, then placing him or her in the bed while still awake. This way your baby learns how to go to sleep on his or her own. Playing soft music while your baby is getting sleepy is also a good way to help create a bedtime routine.

We wish you will have more understanding about normal newborn sleep. Thanks for your reading.

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