The term “sleep like a baby” can be misleading. It suggests that you should fall in a deep sleep like a baby. Newborn sleeps can be important for, well, a newborn.
However, those little cute things can rampage through the night, waking you up as they were bored or hungry.
It’s not even funny when you have to literally wake once every few hours to make sure everything is in check. A newborn sleeps in a very different way than the others.
This article will enlighten you regarding the pattern of newborn sleeps. It’s crucial for you to understand so that you would know how to earn your well-deserved sleep.
Newborn sleeps — how do babies sleep?
Even though your little one is quite a sleeper, they can seem nocturnal.
I mean, they do sleep, ever? It’s like every time, when the light is out, all you can hear is screaming from the other room. It can be frustrating.
Thus, you should know this fact before you tear yourself up. Newborn sleeps can be a very confusing topic.
Every single baby is unique down to how much they need sleep.
A newborn would require in between 14 to 17 hours of sleep. That’s quite a lot right? If so, why do most parents look exhausted?
That’s because those numbers don’t refer to a continuous sleeping habit. A newborn sleeps a whole lot differently from adults.
They can wake up every 4 hours and still satisfy their 14 to 17 hours per day quota. The thing you need to remember is the importance of your baby to get his/her quality sleep.
They eat around the clock.
If you think you can feed your baby and sleep well throughout the night, you are deeply mistaken.
Newborns have tiny tummies and they use a lot of energies to grow. This would mean, every time a newborn sleeps, you should expect them to wake up, being hungry 2-4 hours later.
For them, a full 5 hours of newborn sleeps can be quite refreshing. So how do you know whether they were hungry or woke up due to entirely different reasons?
Well, you would notice soon that they have a different pattern of crying that could indicate they are hungry or just being a ‘baby’.
Regardless, a little treat of breast milk can make the cry go away and they should be good to go for their newborn sleep and for you, your adult sleep.
They are restless sleepers.
You might want to keep your baby closer to you for the first six months. Maybe they can sleep in the same room as you but on a different bed.
This is because a newborn sleeps quite differently than the adult. They spent half of their sleeping time in REM (rapid eye movement) cycle, which causes them to dream and wake with a whimper.
As they’re growing, they will have fewer REM and a much more quieter and deeper sleep. The nighttime newborn sleeps ruckus can be annoying but snoozing to check on them will reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by 50%.
That’s quite a perk.
It’s cute how their bodies struggle to hide the fact that babies are noisy sleepers.
Your baby respiratory system is still immature. This means every now and then, while a newborn sleeps, they will be short pauses and weird noises.
Don’t worry though, it’s rarely cause for alarm. To be honest, their respiratory centres which are located in the brain are still struggling with their own breathing rhythm.
As they mature, their sleep would be quieter and much more peaceful too.
Your sleeping habits can be the reason why your baby is getting crankier.
Sometimes, it’s not the baby. It’s the parents.
Studies have shown that if you are well-rested, you would be able to help your baby to regulate themselves.
That’s why it is important for you to know when to ask for help. If you are tired, it will be much more difficult to get your baby to calm down.
Taking care of yourselves can actually help your newborn sleeps better at night.
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