How to Establish Good Sleeping Schedule in Newborns?

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How to Establish Good Sleeping Schedule in Newborns?

How to Establish Good Sleeping Schedule in Newborns?

CONGRATULATIONS! Your journey to parenthood has just begun!

Let this article guide you on baby’s cycle and sleeping schedule in newborns and how to establish the same.

An infant sleeping patterns vary and can never be same until it is three years old. In the initial few weeks, it sleeps a lot, and just feeds and then urinates and then sleeps a lot. This is quite normal and is nearly the same with every infant. Sometimes a baby needs to wake up forcefully from its sleep to feed otherwise it may lead to poor weight gain and even dehydration because the infant’s immune system is still not very strong.

Recognizing sleep readiness signs

– Rubbing eyes frequently
– Fussing
– Yawning a lot
– Staring blankly n feeling sleepy
– Crying (tummy filled and not colicky)

Sleeping schedule in Newborns – Chart

Newborn to 2 months old
Sleeps for 16-18 hours including 8 to 9 hours at night time and about 3 to 5 naps at daytime

2 to 4 months old
Sleeps for 14 to 16 hours including 9 to 10 hours at night time and about 3 naps at daytime.

4 to 6 months old
Sleeps for 14 to 15 hours including 10 hours at night time and about 2-3 naps at daytime.

6 to 9 months old
Sleeps for 14 hours including 10 to 11 hours at night time and about 2 small naps at daytime.

9 to 12 months old
Sleeps for 14 hours including 10 to 12 hours at night time and about 2 small naps at daytime.

12 to 18 months old
Sleeps for 13 to 14 hours including 11 to 12 hours at night time and about 2-3 small naps at daytime.

18 months to 2 years old
Sleeps for 13 to 14 hours including 11 hours at night time and about 1 small nap at daytime.

2 to 3 years old
Sleeps for 12 to 14 hours including 10 to 11 hours at night time and about 1 small nap at daytime.

Establishing good sleeping schedule in newborns

1. Day time activities will be bathing, massaging, little exposure to sunlight, waking up forcefully for feeding and making used to day time noises and other activities. Limit sleeping during daytime after about 1 month. At nighttime, less waking up, and less feeding comparatively. After 2 months, baby needs no awakening up.

2. Put babies to sleep when they are half sleepy or feeling drowsy.

3. Rather than putting baby to sleep, make the baby slowly know when to sleep itself. Try rocking, singing lullaby, breastfeeding your infant to sleep, offering pacifiers for short time, dim lights during the nighttime, and following this pattern for few days to let the baby set into a new cycle. Change dirty diapers.

4. Delay your response to baby’s fuss.

5. Some babies love to lie upside down (do burp after breastfeeding), some are okay with side turns (but at later weeks only).

6. Do not make infants sleep in the same room in which you sleep.

Do you have questions regarding your infant’s growth and health? Ask anonymously to verified pediatrician at MediMetry.

 

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