Baby Sleep: is your baby sleeping sound?


Most newborns sleep 16 to 18 hours a day and they tend to sleep in two- to three-hour increments, even at night. Almost all the babies sleep especially in the early months is typically full of interruptions because a baby's sleep cycle is shorter than an adult's. The sleep cycles are different in babies as they have twice as many light sleep cycles as adults, more light sleep than deep sleep, and their overall sleep cycles are shorter. The babies can sleep frequently as they move from deep to light sleep in any sleep cycle and they take a lot of time to get deep sleep. The parents may have a frustrating experience of gently rocking or holding a baby until she falls asleep, laying her down and then, the minute her head touches the mattress, watching the baby wake up.

Sleep patterns:

When the child completes the third month then your child will probably sleep about 15 hours a day and nine hours at night, and the other six hours will be broken into three daytime naps. On the completion of the sixth month it is seen that may be taking roughly two naps of two hours apiece, and the rest will be nighttime sleep. There is a significant decrease in the amount of naps as they may decrease by about 30 minutes, for a total sleep of 14 hours. The baby can wake up several times in the night during the first six months, and even once a night at a year old.

Tips for a sound sleep of baby:

As The back sleep position is the safest, and every sleep time counts and hence the baby should be placed at the right position. One should not use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, and pillow-like crib bumpers in your baby's sleep area, and keep any other items away from your baby's face. One should avoid smoking during the birth of a child and it should nit be around the baby. The dress of baby should be comfortable in light sleep clothing, and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.

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