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Your newborn will sleep a lot. You can expect eighteen hours within a twenty-four hour period. Babies need time to get used to being in the outside world and will require a lot of peaceful down time. As babies spend more time in lighter sleep, REM, he or she will be more easily awakened. During the first couple of months, it is important to create quiet time for your newborn.
In order to establish good sleeping habits for your baby during this time is to recognize the signs of sleepiness. Here are some signs to look out for…
- rubs his eyes
- flicks his ear with his hand
- develops faint, dark circles under his eyes
- whines and cries at the slightest provocation
- stares blankly into space
- yawns and stretches a lot
- loses interest in people and his toys
- becomes quiet and still
He may also turn his face away from moving objects or people, or bury his face in your chest. ~BabyCentre
These early stages are a good time to establish some routines so your baby can tell the night time from daytime. Changing baby’s clothes in the morning, consistent feeding schedules, keeping lights bright in the day and dim at night can all help.
Your baby’s internal clock is now more established. Sleeping hours will continue to diminish over the next few months.
By now, your baby’s internal clock has kicked in, and he can differentiate between day and night. He should be on his way toward an established sleep pattern. During this time, babies need an average of 14 hours of sleep per day: At 4 months, a baby can go eight hours at night without a feeding; by 5 months, he can sleep for 10 or 11 hours straight. babies will sleep four to five hours during the day, spread out over three naps. At 6 months, babies need an average of 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, and 3.5 hours of daytime naps spread over two to three naps. ~Parents.com
The 4-5 month range is a good time to move baby up from the bassinet to the crib and make sure your routines are as consistent as possible.
By this time, your should be getting more rest yourself, as baby’s sleep patterns have balanced out a bit. If your baby is not sleeping better by this time, it will be a bit more challenging to coax him or her.
You can no longer nurse, rock, pat, etc your older baby to sleep. If your 6-9-month-old baby is sleeping poorly THIS is the problem. It’s not the teething, growth spurts, wonder weeks, learning to roll over, or any of those other changes that make parenting an older baby so exciting. The problem is that they haven’t yet learned how to fall asleep on their own.
The process of gradually reducing the amount of nursing, rocking, and butt patting you do can be frustrating. But it’s REALLY important. Also? Failure to do so almost guarantees you will never ever sleep through the night. That’s how important it is. ~TroublesomeTots.com
Even though your baby is getting older, sleep is still massively important. For your older baby, a warm bath and gentle massage can help him or sleep. A bedtime routine helps babies learn how to put themselves to sleep. Howdini has some Sleep Training Tips:
How do you get your baby to sleep at night?