A Complete Guide to a Healthy Sleeping Cycle for Newborn Babies
As a new parent, worrying about your baby’s sleep is completely natural. You want to get them into a healthy sleep routine as quickly as possible, but sometimes it is hard to know what’s ‘normal'...
Babies, particularly newborns can have odd sleeping patterns, they don’t yet know the difference between night and day, and need feeding every few hours, which can mean a rather disturbed night’s sleep for you!
Understanding how much sleep you child needs, and how to provide them with the best night’s sleep possible is important, and can help parents rest assured they are doing everything they can to give their child the best start possible.
The baby hammock provides a warm, peaceful, swaddled environment that will comfort and soothe your child. The cocooning sensation your child feels when in the hammock is reminiscent of the mother’s womb, and therefore hugely comforting to a newborn baby yearning for that same secure space where they felt protected.
The gentle rocking motion of the hammock also helps restless sleepers gently rock themselves back to sleep, so even if they do wake up at night, they often settle themselves rather than relying on you to do it for them.
The baby hammock provides a safe and secure environment for your child to sleep in.
The baby hammock has been successfully tested against both European and Australian safety standards. The shape of the hammock supports your child and moves with them. There are no sharp edges or corners and the high sides of the hammock prevent your child from rolling over onto their tummies when they are sleeping.
The baby hammock is flexible
While, at first you may think there is no pattern to observe, the best thing you can do is to try and make a note of when your baby sleeps and wakes up throughout the day. If you do this for the first few weeks, you can see if there are any regularities which can help inform you when your child is getting tired and get them ready for sleep accordingly.
The average newborn sleeps for 16-18 hours a day. However, all new babies are different and some can sleep for as little as 9. There can be underlying reasons why your child doesn’t sleep for as many hours as is the ‘norm’ so if you are concerned your child isn’t getting enough sleep then it is a good idea to talk to your GP.
Adults are used to sleeping at night, we understand that there are 24 hours in a day and so get up in the morning and go to bed after dark. Each morning when we wake up we expose ourselves to light, and this light exposure helps to keep us alert and awake in the daytime.
When the sun sets our bodies take note of this and start to wind down and prepare for sleep.
Unfortunately newborn babies have no such internal clock. Most newborn babies sleep patterns are dependent on feeding times. They stay awake when they are hungry and take time to digest their food before they can go to sleep again. When they feel hungry they will wake up - and the whole cycle begins again.
Adults also tend to fall into deeper sleeps then a newborn baby will. New babies are active, light sleepers so it is easier for them to wake up at the slightest disturbance.
Despite this it is still good to try to get your baby used to the idea of bedtime and going to sleep at night from as early as possible.
Helping your baby tune in to the cycle of a 24 hour day can enable them to develop an understanding of day and night. While it is important to allow you child to sleep during the day, so they don’t become overtired, it is also a good idea to do activities with your child that are more active and stimulating during daytime hours.
Reducing stimulation at night can also help your child to drift back into sleep when they wake for night time feedings. Keeping children in rooms with lots of natural light during the day can also help, but at night try not to turn on any bright lights to keep your child used to nighttime being a darker, calmer environment.
The good news is that babies do develop sleeping patterns quite quickly, and while it can be very tiring for parents to have to wake during the night when they are not used to it, by the time your child is twelve weeks you should see them sleeping less overall, but for longer periods during the night.
Remember, newborns have special sleep patterns and it will take them a while to settle into a good sleep routine. Providing them with a safe and comfortable space to sleep and getting them into a routine as soon as possible will help you child fall asleep quicker, and for longer, and help you get some well-deserved rest too!