Establishing Good Sleeping Habits For Your Infants

Babies need a lot of sleep because they have so much new information to process and they are growing and developing at such a fast pace.A normal baby born at time spends about 75% of a 24-hour period asleep this gradually reduces to 50% at 6 months old.

There are little you as a new parent can do at first, except to let the baby govern her schedule. After about 4-6 weeks, sleep patterns will develop. Pay attention to when your baby usually gets sleep, when she needs naps, and when she is ready to sleep at night. Just don't expect her to be consistent on a day-to-day basis yet.

Recognize these signs that mean babies are tired

During your baby's first three months, learn the signs that baby's sleepy, such as if:

  • Rubs eyes
  • Flicks ear with hands
  • Develops faint, dark circles under eyes
  • Whines and cries at the slightest provocation
  • Stares blankly into space
  • Yawns and stretches a lot
  • Loses interest in people and toys
  • Becomes quiet and still
Understanding day and night

When your baby's alert and awake during the day, interact with her as much as you can, keep the house and her room light and bright, and don't worry about minimizing regular daytime noises like the phone, music, or dishwasher. If she tends to sleep through feedings, wake her up..

Consider starting a bedtime routine

It's never too early to start trying to follow a bedtime routine. It can be something as simple as getting your baby changed for bed, singing a lullaby, and giving her a kiss goodnight.

Give your baby a chance to fall asleep on his own

Some experts suggest putting your baby down when he's sleepy but still awake. They recommend not rocking or nursing your baby to sleep, even at this young age. Using this method, if your baby falls asleep at his last feeding, jiggle him gently awake before putting him to bed.