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Newborn Baby Sleep Pattern

Baby Sleep pattern is one area where every Mother is worried about. Sleep Pattern of New born baby keeps on changing very frequently. A New Born only wakes up for feeding, our baby used to sleep for entire day and night and we were worried why is it happening.

We had to┬átickle baby’s leg, hands to keep her awake while feeding. This behavior is different for every infant but generally it happens with all infants aged 1-2 months. Doctors recommend feeding the infant every 2 hours as they have small stomach and should be fed in short spans to keep them nourished. Some babies are awake for every feed but some do not wake up even on tickling. Generally, newborns sleep about 8 to 9 hours in the daytime and about 8 hours at night adding to 15-16 hours of sleep every day.

At 6 to 8 weeks/ after 2 months most babies begin to sleep for shorter periods during the day and longer periods at night, though most babies continue to wake up to feed during the night. They also have shorter periods of REM sleep, and longer periods of deep, non-REM sleep. Somewhere between 4 and 6 months, experts say most babies are capable of sleeping for a stretch of 8 to 12 hours through the night. You can help your baby get their sooner, if that’s your goal, by teaching him good sleep habits from the start.

After 12 Months the sleep pattern of most babies are stabilized. If the baby is having a good feed they can sleep throughout night. From 12-18 months babies may or might not need feed during night. At this stage most mothers start thinking of stopping Mothers milk and getting to diet plan for their babies with good nutrition.

How to identify that your baby needs sleep?

Baby is crying without any reason.

Yawning.

Rubbing Eyes.

Closing eyes.

How can you help your baby fall asleep?

Not all babies know how to put themselves to sleep. When it is time for bed, many parents want to breastfeed a baby to sleep. Establishing a routine at bedtime is a good idea. However, be sure that the baby does not fall asleep while eating or in your arms. This may become a pattern and the baby may begin to expect to be in your arms in order to fall asleep. Read More

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