Newborn Baby - 3 Months
A newborn baby sleep up 16-17 hours a day, but no more than two to four hours at a time during the first weeks of life. You can already help them to establish good baby sleep habits by:
Learning the signs of sleepiness
Most babies aren’t able to stay up much longer than two hours at a time for the first 6-8 weeks. The baby can have trouble falling asleep or get overtired when you wait longer than that to put him down.
Signs of sleepiness:
- Rubbing his/her eyes
- Being more fussy
- Pulling his/her ears
Teach the difference between day and night
Once your baby is two weeks old, you can start teaching the difference between night day and night.
- Keep the room light and bright, so your baby won’t sleep.
- Interact as much as possible with your baby.
- Maintain the place with noise so your baby won’t sleep.
- Don’t let your baby sleep during feedings.
- Keep the room dark for your baby.
- Don’t talk too much with your baby.
- Lower the noise levels to make it comfortable for your baby to sleep.
- Start a bed routine to incentivaze your baby to sleep through the night
- Getting your baby changed for bed
- Singing a lullaby
- Reading a book to your baby
- Give a goodnight kiss
- Giving your baby a bath
- Don’t rock or nurse your baby to sleep
Babies will take this in their sleeping habits and have more difficulties to learn to fall asleep on their own.
A 6 to 8 weeks old baby start to sleep for shorter periods during the day and longer periods at night. Your baby sleep period of deep, non-REM sleep expand and have shorter periods of REM sleep. However, he/she is still waking up during the nights. This is the time to establish another good sleep habit: Let your baby sleep independently
Jodi Mindell, associate director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Sleeping Through the Night suggest to simply put him down when he’s sleepy but still awake.
3 Months - 6 Months
Babies at three months of age sleeps around 15 hours a day, including naps and nighttime sleep. They have started to develop more of a regular sleep/wake schedule and have dropped most of their night feedings.
According to experts, most babies are ready for sleep training and are capable of sleeping through the night for a stretch of 8 to 12 hours, somewhere between 4 and 6 months. A Baby that sleeps through the night for long periods may starts to wake up again during the night. This can be caused once the baby increases socially awareness or he/she learned new skills such rolling over or sitting up during the night. A latex mattress helps with keeping your baby still thought the night.