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Understanding Your Newborn's Sleep Cycle: 1-3 Months

Many new mommies are constantly making plans after plans in order to make their newborn get enough sleep. You must have found it difficult to make your newborn sleep after feeding. Do you ever get tensed about your baby’s sleeping issues? Even after trying for hours to get him to sleep, he just doesn’t cooperate!

You must have seen him cranky due to lack of sleep due to this and if it worries you, you’ve come to the right place for the solution! Here’s everything you need to know about your little master’s sleep cycle: 

1-month-old baby

-Your newborn baby will just sleep a lot in the first few weeks for at least 18 hours a day!

-The baby won’t sleep for 18 hours at a stretch. It will be in nap sessions of 3-4 hours.

-This pattern will be repeated at night too, so prepare to say goodbye to your night’s peaceful slumber.

-Babies can’t differentiate between day and night so they have this break sleep pattern.

-He sleeps is still sensitive as he is in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of his sleep cycle. He can wake up easily if he gets disturbed. The REM phase of sleep is crucial for your newborn as it helps in the brain developmental processes.

2-month-old baby

-The sleep cycle is different in the second month as the baby is getting used to certain changes in his surroundings.

-By the 6th or the 8th week of life, your baby will begin showing changes when it comes to his sleeping schedules. He will sleep less in the day, say for about 3 hours at a stretch in the daytime and long sleeping schedule at night.

-Since he is pretty active during the day, he will get exhausted by the night. Therefore he begins sleeping more at night than the daytime.

-The gap between two sleeping sessions also increases! So if he wakes up after a nice nap of 3 hours, he will be fresh and will stay up for longer hours before napping again!

-The sleep in the second month begins getting deeper than the sleep in the first month.

3-month-old baby

-By this time, you will begin understanding your baby’s sleeping cycle to an extent although it isn’t as regular as you thought it would be.

-By the age of 3 months, your baby will need only 15 hours of sleep in a day. He’ll sleep for about 5 hours in the daytime which is again scattered into nap sessions. At night he can easily sleep for 10 hours. He might wake up if he’s hungry or has dirtied the diaper.

-It's okay even if your baby doesn’t wake up for his feed in the middle of the night. Some babies get the hang of sleeping throughout the night when they’re just 3 weeks old.

-Your baby’s system is in the process of growing and maturing. This is the age in which his little stomach begins to learn to digest milk so that he can consume more and sleep better and for long hours.

-The nap session during the day reduces to as much as 1- 1.5 hours and the nap at night becomes more regularized.

How to help your baby learn the difference between day and night

Getting a baby to sleep is one of the biggest challenges for every mommy. Here are a bunch of amazing tips to help your baby understand the difference between daytime and nighttime: 

1.Patience is the key

You’ve been walking the face of the earth for far too long but your baby is totally new to the world. He will take time to adjust to the new changes in his surroundings and get used to the routine that he needs to follow.

2. Make obvious routines

Make your baby’s routine in such a way that he understands the difference between day and night. Say for example, you can have a different kind of clothes in the daytime and a different set of clothes during night time.

So that way he’ll know if it is daytime or nighttime.

3. Play hours

Try to alter your baby’s playing hours by reducing the amount of playtime in the evening and night.

4.Sound play

Its okay to let him hear loud and other sounds during the daytime. By night, ensure that very less or no sound reaches your baby.

5.The light play

During the day, keep his room bright and breezy. At night, keep the lights dim. 

Hope these tips help you understand your baby’s sleeping habits and patterns. Happy parenting, mommy!

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