From birth until three months, babies sleep around 14 to 17 hours per day.
- Newborns typically stay awake for 2-3 hours at a time.
- Parents should focus on putting a newborn to bed while drowsy (but awake) and establishing a routine that teaches the difference between night and day.
Here are a few helpful tips.
Your baby will set up his/her own sleep schedule for the first 3-6 months. You can expect your baby to sleep anywhere from 14 to 17 hours a day, only sleeping for 2-3 hours at a time. The older your baby gets, the longer he/she will sleep (anywhere from 3-4 hours). He/she may sleep through the night starting at 8 weeks old, but many newborns don’t reach this milestone until 5-6 months of age.
Babies alternate between 2 stages of sleep: non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM). Newborns spend half their time in each stage, with about a 50 minute sleep cycle.
It is never too early to start healthy sleep habits. Observe what your baby does when he/she starts to get tired (fussy, crying, or rubbing the eyes can all be signs). You are teaching your little one how to fall asleep without assistance when you put your newborn in his/her crib when he/she is drowsy, not fully asleep. This will help limit nighttime wake-ups later down the road. Infants from 3 months old are capable of self-soothing and putting themselves back to sleep.
Teach your baby the difference between night and day to help reinforce the body’s natural circadian rhythms. During the day, you can start by opening the shades to let the sun in or going outside right away. Encourage him/her by stimulating his/her mind with music, toys, and conversation. In the evening, you can have a relaxing bedtime routine to let your baby know it’s time to start winding down. You can give your baby a bath, read books in a quiet voice, turning the lights off, and keeping the noises down low. Do this every morning and night to set up a routine while providing consistency to your little one’s schedule.
The Best Sleep Schedule For Babies: 0-3 Months, The National Sleep Foundation. https://www.sleep.org/articles/best-sleep-schedule-babies-0-3-months/
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