As a new parent, you will look for any way to get your baby to sleep. Not only are babies finicky sleepers but they also require quite a lot of attention to get to sleep in the first place. thebabyguides.com suggests that by studying your newborn’s sleep patterns, you can more easily plan your activities and get some much-needed sleep yourself. Even parents with multiple children will notice that not all of them had the same sleeping pattern during early infancy, says an article in www.babycentre.com. Though the sleep patterns themselves may vary, here are a couple of things new parents might be worried about regarding their newborn.
Newborns are known to sleep for up to 20 hours, waking up in between only for nutrition. Some may sleep more and others may sleep less, but the fact remains that most of their first and second month out of the womb is spent sleeping. Unlike adults, their sleeping patterns are erratic, leading to times of wakefulness in the middle of the night and uninterrupted sleep during the day. The only way to work around this pattern is to be flexible and adapt to it. If your child is a night owl, try creating an environment that is sleeping and calming during the night and bright and energetic during the day to help them get into the rhythm of things faster.
Though many newborns will feel most comfortable and quiet environment, many will not be bothered by the bustle of daily life around them. In utero, the child is accustomed to hearing the internal sounds of its mother and unlike adults will have become accustomed to listening to loud noises throughout the day. Most fussy newborns prefer repetitive sounds like oft music or a fan and even then will often drown out other noises if they are settled comfortably in their sleep position. Be warned that children often outgrow this stage rather quickly and will require absolute silence to sleep sooner than you think.
Like adults, some babies can be light sleepers or fuss a lot before entering dreamland. These are not traits that can be erased, but rather, they can be controlled to the degree that the child will begin to look forward to a routine. The best way to keep a baby comfortable is to place it on its back on a firm, blanket covered mattress. It is not advisable to keep choking hazards like toys, spare blankets, and pacifiers near the sleeping area. Space should be clean, well ventilated and should neither be cold or damp. A warm, cozy place is always conducive to sleep in the case of a newborn. If you are sharing a bed with your baby, make sure that you are not the type of person to move around a lot in your sleep. If you still want to keep your baby within reach, consider co-sleeping cribs that attach to the side of the bed but still give you ample space to catch up your well-deserved shuteye.