One of the most common questions asked by new parents is ‘Is my baby sleeping right?’
Don’t get worried if your infant exhibits haywire sleeping routine in the first 3 months, as this is the time they are getting accustomed to normalcy. This blog will help in explaining why a newborn baby’s sleeping patterns fluctuate often, and how they can be motivated to sleep.
It can become exhausting if your baby habitually wakes up at night. This night time waking is considered as a normal behavior in newborns to the extent that most babies who are younger than 12 weeks are unable to sleep at night. However, as a baby grows, they tend to sleep for longer periods at night.
Understanding day and night
A baby develops the knowledge of sleeping during the night and waking during the day with the passage of time, and by the age of 3 to 6 months, and sometimes even earlier, the normal sleeping patterns begin to emerge. A baby’s sleep can be affected by change in light and body temperature, which makes it easier to adapt to patterned sleep cycle.
Sleep training approaches
There are many ways you can train your newborn to become accustomed to normal sleeping patterns.A few of them are listed below:
- One method is leaving the baby to cry it out without soothing in order to fall asleep, but this method is a controversial one, as it can be stressful for the baby.
- Another method includes singing a lullaby and rocking the baby, as rhythmic motions make it easier to fall asleep.
In addition to the tips mentioned above, it is extremely important that your baby gets a safe and quiet environment for peaceful and unbroken sleep. Make sure that the nursery is not near to the lounge, or the main door, as constant activity or high noise levels can disturb the baby’s sleeping patterns.