Sleep needs for different babies are unusual and depends upon the age of the baby.
Newborns sleep for greater amount of time, their sleep is in very short segments.
As the baby grows, the total amount of sleep gradually decreases, but the length of nighttime sleep increases.
For three or four weeks after the birth the infant sleeps more or less, day and night. Your infant only wakes when he or she feels hungry.
At the expiration of infancy, each interval of wakefulness grows longer. Your infant sleeps less frequently, but for longer periods at a time.
At the expiration of infancy, great care is necessary to induce regularity in hours of sleep. If proper care will not be taken, your infant sleep for too much time in the day and restless and disturbed nights will follow.
You should bring your child into the habit of sleeping in the middle of the day, before his dinner and for about two hours, more or less.
At the initial days after the birth, you should allow your infant sleep with you due to low temperate of his body and his small power of generating heat.
Even with this also if your child has disturbed and restless nights, you should seek the help from your mother or any relative to nurse your child. It is necessary for your health; otherwise the influence of deranged health will be upon your breast milk. [Defiency of Breast Milk?]
What care you must take while your infant sleeps?
- Infant of a month or six weeks old, if healthy, may sleep alone in the cradle or cot.
- You should watch the things such as, whether he has sufficient clothing or not, the room in which infant sleep is sufficiently warm or not, the cot is positioned such that it should not be exposed to currents of cold air.
- The temperature of the room should be maintained at 60 degrees.
- Avoid the infant sleep in cold climates. The inflammation of some internal organs will occur under cold weather.
- Donâ€™t cover your infant in his cot with too much clothing throwing over his face. Keep your infant sufficiently warm with pure air. Hence he can have free access to his mouth.
- The atmosphere of the room should be kept sufficiently warm to allow the child to breathe freely in winter.
- The child up to two years old should sleep upon a feather bed.
- At the time of teething, it is highly important that the head should be kept clean.
- You can help your infant sleep by recognizing signs of sleep readiness such as, rubbing eyes, looking away, yawning and fussing.