Sleep, baby, sleep. Thy father’s watching the sheep.
Thy mother’s shaking the dreamland tree, and down drops a little dream for thee.
We agree parenting is tough and putting your baby to sleep-even tougher. Kids are a bundle of energy and always on the go – moving, exploring and learning. This makes getting them ready to sleep a challenge. But when you watch your lil’ cupcake tired and sleeping, it is a peaceful and delightful experience.
Have you noticed that every few months, the sleeping pattern of your baby changes? Most newborns can’t stay awake for long during the day, so they have to sleep frequently. And then, as they turn a few months old, they are more alert of their surroundings. So, their sleeping pattern also changes to match their alertness.
Are you a new mommy and looking to understand the changing sleep pattern of your munchkin? Dive into the blog for a better comprehension!
The newborns sleep on and off through the day and night. Most babies sleep for 14-17 hours in a day. Your little munchkin’s sleep cycles can last for 50-60 minutes. Each cycle comprises active sleep and quiet sleep. Babies move around and grunt during active sleep, and sleep deeply during quiet sleep. At the end of each cycle, babies wake up for a little while. They might grizzle or cry and might need help to settle for the next sleep cycle. At 2-3 months, babies start developing night and day sleep patterns. This means they sleep more during the night.
Wait… did you say sleep regressions? So, yes — just when your baby falls into a pleasant rhythm of only one or two wake-ups a night, you may find that they seem to revert to waking up more frequently. At this age, the amount of active sleep reduces and your baby wakes up at least once during the night. You’ll likely notice that your baby is more alert and wants to spend more time interacting with you during the day.
Your baby’s sleep patterns are more like yours at this age. The sleep pattern is more consistent and predictable. Your baby will start dropping their number of daytime naps. And they may wake up less frequently during the night because they do not need to be fed as often. Your baby learns how to go to sleep on his or her own, which is an enormous achievement to cherish.
You can help your baby sleep by knowing the signs of sleep readiness, teaching him or her to fall asleep on his or her own, and providing the right environment for a comfortable and sound sleep. But, every nap can’t be long and luxurious, otherwise, they would be up half the night! No one wants that, of course.
We understand transitions are challenging. And getting your baby to sleep could be one of the biggest challenges you face as new parents. But that innocent face when they are finally asleep can fill your heart with love and joy.
Hope this blog helps you prepare ahead. Happy Parenting!