How much should a newborn baby sleep? With such a question it is often addressed to pediatrician parents.
It seems to them that the child sleeps little or too much, and they want to create for him a regime that will naturally be more convenient for the parents themselves than for the child.
However, all children are different and the sleep and wakefulness processes are established according to their schemes. In the sleep process, children’s nervous system relies on effort, digests information obtained from outside and regulates metabolic processes.
Therefore, how much a newborn child needs to sleep, only he himself knows, although there are average norms that should be oriented approximately.
How much does a newborn sleep?
However, their sleep is intermittent, they can sleep for several hours in a row, spraying both during the day and at night. They still do not have a clear configuration for day and night shifts, and sleep occurs in children as their nervous system gets tired, and not by the change of the sun and the moon outside the window.
A child in the first month of life has so many new impressions and changes that lead to loads of the nervous system, that he simply needs to sleep often to digest all the new information and recover completely.
When a child wakes up in the first month, it takes around 20 to 40 minutes to eat, change clothes, put it upside down, communicate a little, it’s another 15 to 20 minutes. Then the baby sleeps again for 1.5-3 hours.
How much should a baby sleep up to 3 months?
Gradually, from the first month of life, the duration of the vigil between us of the child increases, the periods of sleep diminish and become more orderly.
During periods of activity, the child discovers the world, little by little he begins to take an interest in others: people, toys, things. But still, the nervous system is still very weak and the baby needs to rest.
At this age, the periods of nocturnal sleep get longer, but the baby often wakes up to eat and have fun.
How much time does a child sleep before half a year?
In the period from three months to six months, the child is actively exploring the world, and waking periods can last from an hour and a half to two hours, at night less.
The child spends half the time in food, the rest of the time improves his skills: he learns to roll, to control his arms and legs, to suck his finger and even in half a year he even tries to sit or crawl.
All this requires a great expenditure of energy and work of the nervous system, while sleep becomes an important part of the rest. At night, the baby sleeps longer without waking, can sleep up to 5 hours in a row, and during the day the waking periods are replaced by daydreams for up to 2 hours in a row.
How long does a baby sleep in the second half?
Children have two or three long days of sleep and at night they can sleep between 4 and 6 hours without waking up.
During this period, the teeth are cut, an active knowledge of the world is produced, which can lead to restless and intermittent sleep.
Children can crawl through the crib, whimper while they sleep, worry and fall asleep badly. This is the reaction of the nervous system to the abundance of stimuli.
Try to make the baby’s life calm and measured, according to the regime. The abundance of guests, the new impressions give concern to the baby at night.
Daytime sleep of a newborn
At first, newborns sleep most of the time, day and night. Gradually, nighttime sleep prevails over daytime sleep, but not only the amount of sleep, but also its quality is important.
Periods of daydreams, last:
- Up to 3 months sleep up to 3 hours in a row.
- From 3 to 6 months – from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
- From 6 to 12 months: from 40 minutes to 2 hours in a row.
One or two days of sleep should be done outdoors for the child to breathe oxygen and their nervous system to rest actively. You can walk with a stroller or in your arms, in a sling, and in bad weather you can replace the walks with a dream on a balcony with an open window.
It is not necessary to close the windows hermetically, you only need to cover the curtains so that the sun does not shine in your eyes, you do not need to create total darkness.