How much should a newborn sleep?
The duration of a newborn's sleep isa question that worries all mothers. It is impossible to give an unambiguous answer to it. Each child is individual and everyone needs their time to sleep. The duration of a child's sleep is affected by many factors, both psychological and physical. If the child is cheerful and active during wakefulness, gets enough milk, spends time in the open air, but at the same time sleeps a little, there is no need to worry.
It is impossible to say exactly how many hours a newborn should sleep. However, parents should know the approximate norms of a child's sleep, because large deviations can speak about health disorders.
So, how much should the newborn sleep? Statistics show that newborns sleep about 15-22 hours a day. At the same time they wake up at night for feeding, so the duration of sleep by day and night can be the same. A child can sleep often and gradually, and young inexperienced parents may think that their child does not sleep at all. If you count the daily sleep of the newborn, including 15 minutes, it is likely that the baby is all right.
The older the child becomes, the less he sleeps and the more awake, the more prolonged his sleep becomes.
Why the newborn does not sleep well
For a quiet and prolonged sleep, the newborn, of course, should not interfere. What can prevent a baby from sleeping soundly:
- Many parents face the problem of intestinalcolic. In this case, the baby's sleep is restless and often interrupted. In order to relieve the baby and his torment, there are various medical aids, as well as helping laying a warm water bottle on the stomach.
- Most children are sensitive to weather changes. On rainy, windy days, they can also restlessly sleep.
- Although many children begin to cut their teethonly to 6 months, there are cases of early teething, then the newborn child behaves restlessly and does not sleep well. In this case, you can help special gels that relieve the pain of the gums.
- Ironically, overwork can also lead to restless sleep. Try to lay the baby in time, do not allow heavy overwork and at the first signs put the baby to sleep.
Why a newborn sleeps a lot
If a newborn sleeps too much, this may indicate some kind of illness. If during wakefulness he is listless and unfriendly, you should consult your pediatrician.
How many children sleep before one year old
You can bring the table with the average values of how much the child should sleep depending on the age:
|Age||Night sleep (hours)||Daytime sleep (hours)||Total sleep time (hours)|
|1 month||9||7 (3 sleep)||16|
|3 months||10||5 (3 sleep)||15|
|6 months||11||3.5 (2 sleep)||14.5|
|9 months||11||3 (2 sleep)||14|
|12 months||11||2 (1-2 sleep)||13|
How to put the baby to sleep
How much a newborn should sleepexactly. And you can not force a child to sleep more than he should. However, to avoid overwork, some babies may need help to fall asleep.
Children with breastfeeding are wonderfulfall asleep during feeding. Some children need to lull and shake. A good soothing is the baby pacifier, some babies sleep very well with it, even without additional effects. Children on artificial feeding can well fall asleep with a bottle.
And also do not forget that almost all kids love sleep in the fresh air.