When Do Newborn's Sleep?
Newborn's sleep a lot! They will normally only wake for feeding and will want to go straight back to sleep.
They sleep on average 16 - 18 hours in a 24 hour block - approximately 8 hours during the day and 8 hours over the night, waking every 3 to 4 hours to be fed.
Of course, this is an average - every baby is different!
Newborns don't understand the difference between night and day - this is something they will begin to learn over time.
Baby's have a sleep cycle where they go from deep sleep to light sleep. This is good to know because they will often wake (or slightly wake) during the light sleep stage.
I personally found that my newborn had a 45 minute sleep cycle where he would be easily woken after 45 minutes of sleep (I learned to be quiet during this time)! He would then re-settle and sleep for another 45 minutes. During this time he often made some noises or even a little cry but would soon re-settle himself without interruption from me. However, sometimes I would need to help him re-settle through patting or rocking his crib.
Teaching your Newborn the difference between night and day
Many parents start a night time routine with their newborn so they can predict the "longer" sleep time (night-time).
This may include:
Having the same routine every night helps your baby to feel safe and secure!
Another way to teach your newborn the difference between night and day, is having them sleep with some light during the day and be in a completely dark room.
Starting your day at the same time every morning might also help your newborn to begin to establish a regular routine that fits in with your personal day-time routine.
Starting your day at the same time and having a night time routine is beginning of you starting a regular and reliable routine for your baby!
By 3 months old you can have a sleep - feed - play schedule tailored to your baby and their needs! They will have also settled into longer sleep patterns!
What is the average wake-time for a Newborn?
Newborns do not have long awake times! You do not want your newborn to be awake much longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes! Some newborns can find staying awake for 30 minutes a challenge!
This means that most of their awake time is taken up with feeding and changing. They don't have much time for play!
If your newborn stays awake for longer than this suggested time then they are very likely to become overtired and overstimulated, and will be more difficult to settle and will be crying uncontrollably.
So putting your newborn to bed within 30 to 90 minutes of being awake will help your baby to establish a good sleeping routine and avoid becoming overtired.
Thank you for reading!
I hope this article has helped you - I know this information helped me as a new mummy! I would love for you to share this article with your mum friends! Another article that I wrote is called Sleep for your Baby. I wrote this article because it has everything in it that I wish I had known about sleep BEFORE I had my newborn!
Please note that I am NOT a sleep expert or professional. I am a mum sharing from personal experience. If you are struggling and need extra support, I encourage you to contact a professional such as your doctor, a sleep consultant or a sleep clinic.
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