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Sleep in newborns and babies

Sleep in newborns and babies

The most common misconceptions about sleep in newborns and babies.

Your baby will sleep better at night if you give him more milk during night and evening feeds or add porridge to the milk. Pediatricians conducted an experiment. Children who had rice porridge added to their milk slept no better than the others. In fact, if a child goes to bed with a full stomach, he will sleep worse due to a feeling of heaviness or gas formation. Instead of increasing the amount of food intake in the late evening, increase it in the morning, afternoon, or around 5-6 hours. Good nutrition does have a beneficial effect on sleep, but only when done at the right time.

Staying up late will help your child fall asleep faster and sleep better. When children stay up late, their body produces stress hormones, and they find themselves not in a sleepy state, but in an overexcited state, therefore it becomes more difficult to fall asleep. These children are also more likely to wake up at night. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it. The child should go to bed at the same time, only then he will fall asleep faster and sleep better at night. To determine the optimal time for a child to go to bed, observe him during the week, when signs of fatigue appear, the child yawns, rubs his eyes, gets irritated. This is the most favorable time, it is better to start all procedures related to sleep half an hour before that.

Some babies can do without daytime sleep. All children under 1 year old need daytime sleep, only its duration can vary. Otherwise, children become overworked, become irritable, sleep restlessly. Daytime sleep should occur regularly at the same time, it should be preceded by a little preparation, so to speak, to set the tone. For example, reading a book, darkening the room.

When babies reach the age of 2-3 months, they sleep the whole night. At 3 months of age, breastfeeding babies can wake up every 3-5 hours, and formula-fed babies every 6 hours. When children are cold, hot, hungry, they wake up immediately. This is their defense mechanism for survival. Only starting from 6 months, children can sleep without a break for 5-6 hours in a row, but not all. It is a good idea to set regular sleep times in line with your baby's natural rhythm.

Never let your child fall asleep in your arms, as he will not learn to fall asleep alone. The child's body is designed in such a way that he relaxes and falls asleep after eating, and being in his mother's arms, he feels safe at the same time. It is normal for a newborn to fall asleep in your arms. But, starting at 6 weeks of age, wake the baby up a little before putting it in the crib. Which means a little. It is enough for him to just open his eyes. This will provide the child with the experience of falling asleep on their own.


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