Ultimate Guide to a Newborn Good Night Sleep

Ultimate Guide to a Newborn Good Night Sleep
August 22 09:01 2016

Having Trouble with Sleep of Your Newborn Toddler?

It often seems an eternity to parents to put their baby to sleep, especially the newborn babies. This sleepless nights and tiresome morning just don’t seem to end.

But don’t worry.

To help you make through this miserable period, below you can find a well crafted and researched method that’ll help you breeze past through this.

Newborn Sleep

Don’t underestimate the power of a good routine.

Parents usually make the mistake of not helping the child to form a routine early because they are thinking just for the short term. Even though it takes a lot of work to build a routine but once done, it’s like autopilot. You finally enjoy the fruits of your labour without putting in any additional work.

But don’t think of routine as a rigid structure where you do everything by the minute. Even though things should be done at the specific time, it should be little flexible as life doesn’t always go as planned.

As for the newborns, they can adopt to any routine pretty fast.

Newborn babies brains and other organs aren’t developed enough to differentiate between day and night. This calls for the parents to help the baby develop the sleeping pattern that’ll help the to build right habits from the young age.

Parents usually like to go with the flow and allow their baby to sleep whenever they want.

However, experts disagree with this. They insist that the babies should be taught to sleep at the right time even though your instincts tell you to let them sleep whenever they want.

Nonetheless, your baby might resist the change initially.

You can expect the phases to go in following pattern.

Principals

Before jumping into the juice of this article, just remember

Don’t be rigid. There is no one universal thing that works for all.

These are the guidelines or the principals according to which your baby is most likely to respond. Even though we have outlined the steps, you still have to do the work and find out what works best for your baby.

A newborn baby can adapt surprisingly super fast to their environment so, with just enough time, you can determine what works and what doesn’t.

First Month

Your baby is likely to sleep anywhere between 14 hours to 18 hours. Newborn babies have also short sleep cycle so they are most likely to wake up quite frequently.

Wake her up in the morning but don’t go for either of the extreme like too early as in 5 A.M or too late as at 10 A.M. Something in middle like 7 – 8 A.M would do. That’s the time to do the usual chores and work like bathing, cleaning and changing clothes.

Then let your baby sleep for a while after all the hard work she you did.

Wake her up again for breakfast which is usually around 10 – 11 A.M. Feed her properly so that she can nap again for a while doesn’t wake up in the middle because of hunger.

Then wake her up again for the lunch which is around 1 – 2 P.M. Feed her & let her off to a good short afternoon nap.

Make sure to not let the afternoon nap extend more than 1 hour. Suppose, if the baby goes to sleep at 4 P.M then wake her up around 5 P.M. This is because if she is allowed to sleep longer, she might disturb her sleep cycle and wake up in the middle of the night which in turn will disrupt the next day.

This cycle might become hard to break so it’s better not to let them happen in first place.

Then feed her just before her another nap which will be around 7 P.M. Feeding and then wake her up around 11 P.M and then in the early morning which will be around 3 P.M.

Maintaining this pattern will help both the baby and the parents to form a habit that’ll lead to a healthy and sound sleep.

Growing Stage

In the first 4 weeks, the baby doesn’t seem to show any changes. Most of the time is spent sleeping.

But after the first month, when the baby has done adapting to the new environment, the baby starts to grow.

Some its feeding habits especially the 11 P.M or 3 A.M one will naturally stop. There’s nothing to be worried about. If the baby isn’t angry, she won’t cry. Let her adjust to grown up sleep pattern which is to get a full night sleep.

Even though the baby starts taking a full night sleep, they still need naps during the day.

Go with the usual timing if she looks like she is adapting to it easily.

The mid-morning & early afternoon nap might naturally reduce.

As for the late afternoon nap, don’t let your baby sleep for longer than 1 hour or 5 P.M to avoid disruption of the sleep cycle.

One Year

When the child turns one year, the sleep is likely to be reduced considerably.

This is the time when you should stop encouraging afternoon naps. Instead, you could try to increase the duration of the nap just before lunch.

Remember, afternoon naps are extremely important for kids until age 4. Your baby is busier that she looks.

Think of a newborn like a sponge who is constantly busy  absorbing information and processing them to understand and adapt to their surrounding.

Closing Thoughts

The first year is stressful but it’ll pass in a blink of an eye.

Most of the time you’ll  be busy with your baby feeding, cleaning or dressing them. If not you’ll likely catch yourself taking naps or doing household chores.

As for your toddler, making them assist to a proper spelling pattern might look like a daunting task but it’s not.

Also you must remember, there isn’t just one size fit for all. Some baby responds quickly while others take some time to adapt.

If the sleeping problem persists, it is recommended to go check a doctor as it might be result of disorder.

 

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