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She would be a morning person if mornings started at noon. Art historian, taurus, coffee lover, traveler, F1 fan who hates to drive, and well experienced insomniac with one life goal, to sleep like a coala for up to 20 hours per day.

Sleep Guide for Babies

Sleeping is beside eating, probably the biggest need of each baby, they grow and develop so quickly at this stage and sleeping provides them enough time for resting, restorative and growing processes.

While parents stay sleep deprived for the first several months, babies actually sleepover most of their life during their newborn phase. Although babies are such sleepers since they wake up and fall asleep so often sometimes it can be hard for parents to tell or measure if their baby is sleeping enough. Sleeping is beside eating, probably the biggest need of each baby, they grow and develop so quickly at this stage and sleeping provides them enough time for resting, restorative and growing processes.

We have all heard the “sleeps like a baby” phrase, which implies that babies sleep really well and that they easily fall asleep, which is something with what many parents would probably have to disagree. In today’s post, we are going to share a few tips for parents to help them establish a safe and healthy sleep routine of their baby.

 

Will I Ever Sleep Again?

If you are reading this and you are a sleep-deprived parent, to console you first, yes, you will get your sleep back, someday. While trying to establish baby’s sleep pattern, many parents will spend many, and by many, we mean weeks and months of sleepless nights, except those few who got lucky with a quiet and sleepy baby, which is so rare that it is almost a myth. Although parents were aware that sleepless nights are going to become a part of their life, nothing can really prepare them for that, because in reality, being awake because your baby cries and screams at 3AM is far from staying up all night and binge-watching favorite tv shows.

But, eventually, it will all settle down when babies get to that point when they can establish a sleep routine and schedule. The reality is that babies demand full attention, commitment, and for new parents, it can be hard to put someone else in the center of their lives and adjust to someone else’s needs, even though that someone is their child just because that is not the way we are used to functioning.

Even when a baby starts to sleep on a schedule, that does not mean much more sleep and free time for parents, because they will probably have to use that time to do all the chores around the house, laundry, cleaning, etc. But as hard as it sometimes can be, all parents know that it was all worth it.

 

How Much Sleep do Babies Need?

All babies need a lot of sleep, up to 18 hours per day, but that varies a bit throughout the first year, so we are going to go into detail and present you the optimal sleep routine for baby’s first year. Many parents cannot wait that their baby starts sleeping for the whole night, but younger babies need feeding more frequently so they cannot connect many hours of sleep. As babies grow and their stomachs develop and hold more, and they start to sleep for longer stretches. When establishing newborn sleep routine, babies should be placed to sleep before they are actually fully asleep, for example when you notice that the baby is yawning and the eyelids are fluttering, because babies need to learn to self soothe and fall asleep on their own. We would like to remember parents that every baby is different, and so are their sleep patterns, that is why parents should not stress about the fact that their baby is not doing everything by the book or if she is not making progress as quickly as some other babies.

 

Safe Sleep Environment for Babies

Babies are particularly sensitive, and their sleep is very fragile, so parents need to make sure that they have proper conditions and a safe environment for their baby. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) often prescribes new safety wise regulations for babies and baby products, so make sure to check their recommendations. Since babies cannot talk, it is sometimes hard for parents to understand baby’s needs although they are all pretty basic and simple, so here are some things on which parents should pay particular attention when it comes to safety.

 

Sleep Mistakes that New Parents Make

Parenting can be harsh, especially if you are having your first child, many changes are happening, and some situations are hard to manage. To help out, we are going to suggest what you should avoid by listing some common mistakes that new parents usually make.

 

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