New moms, you might be tired of advice from everywhere about your newborn’s sleep. There is no dearth of dos and don’ts when it comes to a newborn and his/her sleep. And every one has a different opinion about an infant’s sleep pattern and unfortunately, they try to impose it on new parents. Moms and dads who are already overwhelmed will be more confused with these unnecessary comments and suggestions. So, get your facts right and know that there is nothing wrong with your newborn’s sleep.
Sleep Through The Night? No Way!
A newborn needs 14 to 17 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If that is the case, it is natural for you to expect your child to sleep through the night. Well, that may not happen.
Your little one may not sleep at a stretch. For one month, your baby will have a 24-hour feeding and sleep-wake cycle. In every two hours, your baby may wake up for feedings. Your infant’s tiny stomach needs filling up regularly. So, it is normal if he/she gets up at night often.
And these newcomers don’t have any idea about day and night. It may take a few weeks for them to understand and adjust to the day-night pattern. You might be surprised to see your kid awake throughout the night and sleep throughout the day, denying you a good sleep. Yes, your little munchkin can be so merciless!
Worry not, he/she will gradually come on track. Some kids may adopt a regular sleep-wake cycle by three to six months. Some others may take a longer period. That doesn’t mean that your kid has some issues. As we always say, every kid is unique and has their own way of development.
No Sleeping Lessons Please
As you recover from childbirth, breastfeeding and taking care of your baby can be very challenging. Do not stress yourself by trying to teach your newborn how to sleep. It is true that you will have a tough time when your newborn does not follow a regular sleep pattern. But, it will be a daunting task for you to teach him/her how to sleep. Because they are too young for that and you are too exhausted.
Your baby sleeps only in your arms? Then, you might have heard enough criticisms from your family and friends for teaching him/her bad habits. Well, it might develop into a bad habit. But, during the first month when you are tired and when you want your baby to get some sleep, there is no harm in choosing a position comfortable for both of you. Comfort is the key in the first few weeks. However, you need to ensure your newborn a safe sleep environment. That should not be compromised.
So if anyone gives you tips on sleep training your newborn, feel free to ignore it. And believe that this phase will soon get over.
This Is What You Need
A strong support system! Till your baby develops a sleep cycle, it will be difficult for you to get some rest. You should have a good network of people who are willing to help you. Let them take care of your baby. However, do not forget to breastfeed your little one so that he/she won’t be hungry while you sleep.
Once your baby crosses two or three months and you feel physically and mentally fit, you can slowly start using all those tips to get your baby’s sleep on track. Establish a routine at bedtime and keep a consistent bedtime. Also, resist your urge to play with your baby at night time. Well, it will definitely take time. Remember, patience is the virtue when you deal with babies. And yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel!