A Relaxed Attitude is the Best Way to Handle the Newborn Sleeping Schedule
New mothers often wonder whether they will ever get a good night’s sleep again in their life time as their newborn sleeping schedule is, at its best, erratic and at its worst, almost non-existent! And no matter how many kids she has already had each new one comes with his/her special sleeping schedule so the previous experience does not come in all that handy.
At the best, it may prepare her to handle the situation a bit better. For new mothers as well as experienced ones, here are a few tips to come to grips with their newborn sleep schedules.
All newborn babies need sleep and they can sleep up to 16-18 hours a day though this is broken up into stretches of two or three hours when they require feeding after which they go back to sleep.
Babies younger than four months old have different sleep requirements than older babies. ‘Babies sleeping through the night’ at about two to four months of age actually has a totally different connotation than what it sounds; It actually means that many babies can sleep maybe at an uninterrupted stretch of five hours and does not mean sleeping from 9.00pm till 5.00 am the next morning(much to the wishful thinking of sleep-deprived parents!) This may only happen once the baby is around five- six months of age when the sleeping patterns change to accommodate about nine hours of sleep in the night.
Infants at this age will probably require two or three naps during the day time. But initially, with erratic feeding times because of the grow spurt in newborns, the schedules will always go haywire. As they get older, mothers will no longer have to worry about their baby not sleeping at night as by the time they turn a year old, they will sleeping through the night for an average of a good 12 hours.
The best way to help newborn sleep is to set a bedtime routine and teach the baby to fall asleep on his/her own. Avoid rocking, nursing or giving a bottle just to make the baby sleep as these can be tough acts to follow. The baby will get so used to such things that it will not fall asleep otherwise.
These things can be done a little ahead of the bedtime schedule and then the baby put in the crib just when it is getting drowsy; chances are, with a little patting it will fall asleep on its own. This type of routine will save the parent hours of rocking or walking about to make their child fall asleep. How to get a newborn to sleep at night will only come with experience and setting the newborn sleeping schedule will become easier as the baby grows older.