Sleeping With Your Newborn
Deprived of sleep due to your newborn's sleep cycle? You are not alone if your newborn appears to be drowsy during the day and a live wire at night. Many specialists believe that most newborns are born with night and day reversed. It is reasonable to expect a newborn to sleep through the night. Although I recall my paediatrician telling me that if your kid sleeps for six hours or more, you should discuss it and monitor the situation (especially when breastfeeding).
INSTIL GOOD HABITS
The way you handle your newborn's routine will impact their sleep patterns in the future. This was something I had to learn the hard way.
Showing newborns the differences between day and night is one method to be energetic and fun during the day and tranquil at night. During the day, make sure you or your babysitter gives your newborn enough attention, affection, and stimulation and that you are aware of their moods and temperament.
Night-time necessitates a different approach. When caring for your baby at night, it is ideal to accomplish what must be done, such as changing her if they are wet—as quickly, softly, and calmly as possible. It is easier said than done, especially for working parents who only have the time for their children in the evenings.
As babies get older, sleep routines are critical. Begin by establishing a comfortable way right away. Relax and unwind at the end of the day with some relaxing hobbies. Avoid playing too much before bedtime. Bath your infant, read to him or sing softly instead. You may even give him a little massage while he's bathing. Try following the same routine every night.
One mistake new parents should avoid is rocking or holding the baby until they are entirely asleep. It will be more challenging to place the bundle of joy in the cot after we have preconditioned the infant in this manner. When a newborn is taken out of his parents' warm arms, he awakens up. And so, the ritual starts all over again, except that parent is now more tired out than before.
One trick to avoiding this trap is to put the baby to bed when they are drowsy but not fully asleep. While they may fuss at first, most learn to feel comfortable lying down and letting themselves drift off into sleep. Once the baby masters this skill, bedtimes become easier.
SLEEPING AND FEEDING ARE CONNECTED
Babies establish a consistent activity pattern after the first few days of life: get up, nurse, socialise, fall asleep, repeat. Feedings shift increasingly towards the day as sleep lengthens. According to experts, most babies can sleep eight or more hours at night without feeding by the time they are four months old.
The role of parents in supporting the organisation of behaviour and coordination of the baby's appetite and sleep is critical. Over time, the newborns' sleep and hunger cycles become more consistent and predictable.
Setting up and keeping to routines might help a baby become more regular. If your infant eats every four hours and follows the same routine, it will then be easier for you to plan. However, some babies have a hard time fitting into a schedule; this demands the parents be more flexible. This is mainly for premature newborns or babies with some underlying health conditions. You need to look out for stress or hunger signals. Babies who fuss longer before getting fed can fall into a vicious cycle of irritability (due to colic etc.), poor feeding, and poor sleeping.
In summary, here are some tips new parents might find helpful:
- Be more enjoyable during the day, and be calm at night.
- Give your baby more time to settle down on their own
- Get to know your baby's stress signals, nurse when your baby is hungry, and be flexible.
- Spend as much time as possible holding your infant
- Nap or rest when your baby is asleep
- Do not be shy about asking for help.
- Put your newborn to sleep on his back to reduce the risk of SIDS (please consult your doctor if you are not sure what this means)