Newborns spend most of their time sleeping. This is mostly because their brains have not adapted enough to understand other things. It has been proven that babies in their mother’s womb spend up to 20 hours sleeping.
When they are born, this pattern continues up to about the age of five months. This is why 12 hours of night sleep is never enough for your baby. They require regular day naps.
Day naps are a blessing
Parents spend most of their time caring for their babies. It is, therefore, a relief when they nap. It gives you time to rest, do some household chores or run some errands.
It is common for babies to have multiple naps during the day. In general, they have a morning nap before noon and a late afternoon nap. This is because they get tired easily. If your child is very playful, you may have noticed that they tend to have more naps. You should nevertheless try to learn your child’s sleep patterns. This will help when deciding which procedure is best for them.
When babies wake up it is usually because they are hungry. Infants cannot sleep when hungry. They will get restless and burst into cries. You, therefore, need to be around just in case they wake up.
This can be a challenge since most parents leave their babies sleeping in the bedroom while they are in the living room. If your baby is only crying softly, you may not hear her. This can make your baby restless.
You have probably been in this situation and felt really bad for it. If you are looking for a solution to this, you are in the right place. These steps will give you a clear guide.
Buy a crib
While sleeping with your baby is good, it is much better to buy him a crib. Doing so at an early age – about four months – is even more effective.
Babies fall asleep almost anywhere in the house. While letting them sleep anywhere in the house is okay, this should not form into a habit.
Choosing where they sleep
Younger babies under three months old sleep better when you are in the same room. Some babies even need you to be in the same bed. Older babies only need a crib and some warm clothing.
Some babies cannot sleep under a blanket. They probably feel ‘trapped’. Notice your babies reactions and decide whether to use a blanket or not.
Allocate some specific area for your baby to nap in. This is where cribs come in handy.
Sleeping in cribs is a proven technique when sleep training. It will allow your baby to have a friendly space when you finally teach him to sleep on his own.
Set constant napping times
The reason you feel sleepy at night is because of our body’s biological clock. Babies biological clocks are not fully developed. They require someone to guide them.
This is why setting a schedule is important. It will help your baby form a habit of sleeping by himself when the time comes.
Where you place the crib also matters. It should be somewhere your baby is used to. This may include areas where he plays in or in your bedroom.
A quiet environment will ensure your baby gets enough and high-quality sleep. Avoid waking your baby to feed him as this disrupts his sleep routine. Sometimes feeding a baby regularly can solve his sleeping problems. If you notice that your baby is restless while sleeping, try putting him somewhere else.
Babies are used to sleeping in dark conditions. The womb is dark and they spend most of their time sleeping. If this changes, your baby will not get quality sleep. Try keeping the room they sleep in dark. Don’t open the curtains.
To avoid any health problems, take your baby outside at least once per day. This should be in the morning so they get quality sunlight.
Avoid placing your baby on places they might fall off such as on normal beds. While it is unlikely that they will roll over and fall, it is always better to be safe.
Let your baby know when it is nap time
Simply waiting for them to sleep on their own can waste you a lot of time. At about four months, your baby can associate certain things to nap time. You should introduce some habits when you want them to nap.
This could be singing to them a certain lullaby or playing a certain game. This will help your baby have consistent nap sessions.
If your baby wakes up while during a nap, soothe them back to sleep so they never miss a session. If they wake up crying, it means they are hungry and you should feed them.
Failure to have enough day naps may disrupt your baby’s nighttime routine. Let’s say your baby plays all day and doesn’t have any nap. They will definitely be very tired and sleep early. This will make them wake up very early the next day. It is better to train them to have day naps.
Avoid the television
Newborns are very curious. If you introduce them to television during the early months, they will always want to watch during the day. This will prevent them from having their naps. It is better to let them play since this will tire them easily.
Some extra advice
Your personal schedule will obviously affect when your baby sleeps. Study your baby’s behavior and make changes to your schedule accordingly.
Your baby will learn a lot of things from you and how to sleep on his own should be the very first one. He will only learn this if he has enough day naps and suitable surroundings to sleep in. Remember your baby is unique and you should make a unique plan for him.