The first year is a whirlwind of sleep and feeding issues, but eventually they settle into a routine. It's worth noting that babies are all different and there's no right or wrong way to do things. If you have questions, talk to your doctor or another trusted source like a friend or family member who has experience with babies.
The Stages of Sleep
Sleep is divided into two categories: REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and NREM (non-rapid eye movement).
Each stage has a different function. The first four hours of sleep are spent in the lighter stages of NREM sleep, followed by four hours of a deeper version called slow wave or delta sleep. Then comes another period of REM, which is when most dreaming occurs.
- Newborns: 12-18 hours + 2-4 naps
- Babies 3 months old: 10-15 hours + 3 naps
- Babies 6 months old: 9-12 hours + 2 naps
The first four hours of sleep are spent in the lighter stages of NREM sleep, followed by four hours of a deeper version called slow wave or delta sleep. Then comes another period of REM, which is when most dreaming occurs.
Sleep Scheduling And Routines
If you can, try to put your baby to bed at the same time every day. This will help regulate your baby's sleep patterns and make it easier for them to fall asleep on their own.
Make sure your baby gets enough sleep during the day (but don't let them oversleep).
Don't let your baby sleep in your bed with you.
Don't let your baby sleep in a car seat or other device that keeps them upright for long periods of time (such as bouncers, swings). These may be convenient for keeping track of a young child but they can cause poor posture and lead to developmental issues later in life if used too long.
Best Baby Sleep Positions
Baby sleeping on their back is a good thing.
Baby sleeping on their back is best for babies until they can roll over themselves, which happens around six months of age (or later). At that point, you may consider changing the way you put baby down for naps or nighttime sleep so that your little one can practice rolling over and learn how to find a comfortable position in which to sleep.
Best Baby Sleeping Temperatures
There are a few key factors to consider when deciding on the best baby sleeping temperature.
The room temperature should be between 18-20 degrees Celsius (64-68 degrees Fahrenheit) to prevent overheating or chilling.
It's important that the room is dark, but not too dark. Your baby will sleep better if they can see some light in the background, such as from a dim lamp or nightlight.
The room should be quiet and free of distractions like bright lights and drafts. You may also want to invest in blackout curtains to block out any noise from outside your home while making sure there are no drafts coming into your baby's room during colder months.
Keep chemicals away from your infant at all times, especially if they're being used for cleaning purposes! This includes everything from laundry products like bleach, dishwashing liquid scrubs or hand soap containing alcohols like propylene glycol which can cause irritation of skin tissue when ingested over long periods of time (which could lead to liver damage).
Best sleep environments for babies
In the beginning, you'll want to make sure your baby's sleep environment is as close to perfect as possible. If there are noises coming in through the window or door, it can be difficult for a baby to fall asleep and stay asleep. The best way to ensure that your baby isn't disturbed by outside sounds is by making sure they're sleeping in a quiet room with no windows or doors that open onto noisy areas of the house.
If there are lights coming in through a window—especially if they're strong enough to wake up an adult—then consider using blackout curtains on said windows and then putting black tape over any remaining light sources (like lamps). If this isn't possible due to location or logistics, consider moving their crib into another room entirely where light levels will be lower.
While we're talking about location: place their crib near some kind of device that produces soothing white noise (like an air conditioner) so that if anything does disrupt their sleep cycle, it's only temporary—not permanent!
Safe Sleeping for Your Baby
Cribs come in many different forms, but there are some things you can do to ensure your baby’s safety no matter what kind of crib you use.
Use a firm mattress. You should never place blankets or stuffed animals in the crib with your baby; these items can cause suffocation or overheating.
Place the baby on his or her back to sleep at all times. This is important because it reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), which occurs when an infant stops breathing during sleep and dies without warning. Also make sure you keep pillows, toys and other loose items out of reach so that they don’t pose any hazards for your little one as well!
Keep babies away from the edge of their beds by placing soft bumpers along all sides except at feet level where there is less risk for injury if accidentally knocked over onto hard surfaces like floors etcetera…
Soothing Your Baby to Sleep
Sometimes, you just want to get your baby down for a nap. These methods aren't always effective, but they're worth a shot.
Rock 'em to sleep. Baby likes being rocked? Try it out! Sway back and forth gently until the little one is asleep.
Pat the tummy. For some babies, this works wonders in getting them to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night (with minimal crying).
Swaddle them up tight like mummies! Studies show that swaddling helps infants feel secure and calm throughout their naps or nighttime slumber time—and who doesn't want to go back to bed feeling happy? Swaddling also helps prevent babies from startling themselves awake if they startle themselves awake while sleeping by covering their arms with blanketed "mummies" so that they can't accidentally touch themselves while trying to sleep soundly at night when everyone else around them has already fallen unconscious from exhaustion after an entire day's worth of work or school activities before finally getting home
Understanding baby sleep will help you have a well-rested family.
You know what it's like to have a sleepless night, so you can imagine how hard it must be for your baby. She's learning new things every day, and she needs the rest that goes along with those lessons.
You've probably heard that babies who don't get enough sleep are cranky and difficult to deal with during the day. That doesn't sound like anyone you want to spend time with!
Fortunately, there are ways to help your baby get more restorative sleep—and they're not too hard either! Here are some tips:
I hope this article helped you understand what baby sleep is and how it works. In conclusion, there are many factors that influence your child’s sleeping patterns. Try to take everything into account when it comes time for bedtime so that both of you can get the rest you need!