Does your baby sleep at night?
It is one of the frequently asked questions of the new parent. Tired and confused parents almost always answer: NO.
The newborn still does not differentiate between night and day. His small stomach cannot contain enough milk to have the feeling of satiety for a longer period of time. She needs milk every few hours, whether it's day or night.
How long is my baby sleeping?
The newborn can sleep 16 hours a day (or even longer), often 3-4 hours at a time. As in the case of an adult, newborns have different states of sleep: type, rapid eye movement in sleep, light sleep, deep sleep and very deep sleep.
Their waking periods increase with the passage of time.
At first, short periods of 3-4 hours of sleep can be frustrating for parents because it interferes with their sleep habits. Be patient, this will change over time, as the baby adapts to the rhythm of life outside the womb. At first, however, the need to eat will be more present than the need for sleep.
The pediatric recommendations say that the parent should not allow the newborn to sleep too much without eating. Basically, this means feeding your baby every 3-4 hours and as often as possible for those born prematurely.
Where and how should I sleep?
In the first weeks of the baby's life, many parents place the crib in their room. Consider it too early for the baby to sleep in a separate room and too far away.
Pediatricians do not recommend taking the baby to sleep in your bed for safety reasons. Always think about baby's safety during sleep.
Do not place anything in the crib or cart that could interfere with the baby's breathing, such as plush toys. Avoid objects that have strings, ties or sharp and sharp objects.
Secure the stroller you use to the minimum safety standard.
It is recommended that babies sleep on the back, not on the belly or on the side. Fatal accidents or sudden death syndrome have dropped by 50% since these recommendations were introduced. It is also recommended for those born prematurely to sleep on their backs.
Let's think that some babies when they sleep on their belly tend to inspire their own carbon dioxide because it's easier not to wake up to change their head position. Another possibility is to suffocate slowly if I sleep with my face down.
What can I do?
You can teach your baby to sleep at night, avoiding stimulation during feeding and when changing it. Try to keep the light low and resist the temptation to play with him or talk to him. This reinforces the idea that the night is reserved for sleep.
You can start to establish a program that becomes routine: washing, reading, singing, things that can help your child relax when he is growing up. Even so, the newborn is too small to receive, so by practicing these rules, you will be on the right track.
What if the baby is agitated?
It is good to play, to tighten his arms, to sing. In the first months of life, sure pampering is NOT a problem. In fact, studies have shown that babies who are walking, held in their arms during the day, are less agitated.
But the agitation can have several causes. Hunger, illness, too much fatigue, colic, discomfort due to clothing, etc.
When was the doctor's help requested?
Whenever you talk to the specialist you can ask them questions about how much or how little your baby sleeps. In addition, if the baby is difficult to wake from sleep and generally proves uninterested in the effort to feed, talk immediately to the doctor for safety and specialized medical guidance.
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