Today we have a guest post from Emmerey Rose.
Proper sleep is one of the most important things for baby’s development. At the same time, it is something that people don’t know enough about.
As you might have noticed, newborns tend to sleep a lot. On average, a newborn will sleep around 16 hours per day. Unfortunately, they only sleep for about 2 to 4 hours, after which they wake up and, usually, instantly start crying. This behavior worries new parents as some of them think that it’s unnatural. However, you shouldn’t worry – this is very normal for babies.
When it comes to newborns’ sleep cycles, they differ a lot from those of adults. This is connected with brain’s development. For most parents, this initial period of baby’s life is very tiring as they cannot get enough sleep themselves. When a baby reaches its 6th or 8th week of life, this will change so you just have to soldier through this initial period.
Here are some tips that will help you do it:
- Put your baby down frequently
As mentioned, newborn babies will sleep during most of the day. However, they are still able to stay awake for longer periods of time. It is your duty as a parent to put the baby down frequently. If a baby stays awake for more than 2 hours at a time, she will have trouble sleeping afterward. So, make sure to create a good routine.
- The baby has to learn the difference between day and night
Certain babies find it hard to sleep during the night, and this is not uncommon. You have to help your baby create natural habits. The best way to do this is by teaching the baby the difference between day and night. During the day, make sure your apartment or house gets enough light. Play with your baby if she starts falling asleep during feeding time. On the flipside, you have to minimize interaction during the night and make sure your newborn is not stimulated in any way.
- Make sure to avoid toys during the initial period
Toys above the crib can definitely help a baby fall to sleep. But make sure not to give her any stuffed toys or comforters until she’s at least 6 months old. Modern toys like reborn baby dolls shouldn’t be given before your child turns 2 years old.
- Learn to recognize situations when your baby is fatigued
As your baby cannot talk, it’s necessary to read her body language. When it comes to sleeping, this will be pretty easy. Your little one will start rubbing her eyes or become nervous when she’s sleepy. As soon as you notice one of these signs, make sure to put her in the crib. Reading these signs will become easier as you get more experienced as a parent.
- Create routine actions
Every baby needs to feel calm prior to sleeping. You can help out by signing a lullaby, rocking in a crib or gently stroking her forehead. Although these actions are calming by itself, your newborn will also get used to them and the more frequently you do them, the easier and quicker it will be for baby to fall asleep.
- Learn to dictate the rules
Waiting for your baby to feel sleepy is not good enough. You are the one who has to dictate the terms and make sure that your little one falls asleep at a particular time. So, whenever the time comes, make sure to pick up your baby and put her in the crib. This is much better than simply waiting for a baby to fall asleep and is especially important for babies who cannot develop a proper routine. As with everything else, the baby has to recognize that when she’s put to bed, she needs to sleep. Help her out the first few times by comforting your baby. As time goes by, sleep will become more habitual. Simply by putting her to bed, you will increase the odds that your child will fall asleep instantly.
There you go!
Just by following these 6 simple tips you will ensure that your baby has much better, more frequent sleep. Make sure that you’re the one dictating the terms and don’t allow yourself to be swayed by baby’s cuteness or by parental weaknesses.