What You Need To Know About Baby Sleep Patterns
Once you become a parent, your baby’s sleeping pattern is something that you will think about all day, every day. Baby sleep patterns differ as they get older, changing within the first few months. Knowing how much sleep your baby should be getting will help you plan your day and help you get into a routine with your baby.
Babies sleep a lot.
In the beginning, your baby has no concept of day and night. Newborns sleep on average 8 hours during the day and eight hours at night. For the first few months of their life, your baby will spend more of their time asleep than awake.
Getting into a routine and becoming familiar with your baby’s sleeping pattern will help you schedule times for feeding throughout the day and night. Establishing a schedule will not only get your baby used to a routine, but it will also help you get back into your everyday routine. If you’re breastfeeding, then your baby is likely to fall asleep while feeding, which will impact your baby’s sleep pattern.
For the first few weeks, a baby’s sleeping pattern will be erratic as babies tend to sleep for short bursts at a time before waking up to be fed.
Babies are each unique in their own way, and there’s no ‘right’ time for your baby to start sleeping through the night. Some babies start sleeping through the night at three months while others will keep waking through the night until they are one year old. You should usually expect your baby to wake up every three hours or so for a feed, or you might need to schedule in a time to wake them up. By the time most babies are a year old, they will no longer require a nighttime feed, and they can start sleeping through the night. The best person you can speak to is your doctor or health visitor to figure out what works best for your baby as they grow.
It’s important to remember that no two babies are the same, and they will each have their own sleeping patterns. There are some things you can do to help get your baby to establish a sleeping routine. Issues like teething, growth spurts and sickness can disrupt your baby’s sleeping pattern, just like it would do with your sleep.
You can help your baby understand the difference between night and day by opening curtains to let light in and keeping noise in the background while they sleep during the daytime. You can also install one of our functional teddies in your nursery to play white noise or even the sound of your voice.
Implementing a nightly routine, with a bath and a scheduled feed, will help your baby understand the concept of night time. It is best to work on establishing a night time routine when your baby is three months old when they will depend less on nighttime feeding and spend more time asleep at night than during the day.
Every baby’s sleeping pattern is different, but helping them to establish a routine and to learn the difference between day and night will stabilise their sleeping pattern as well as your own.