Is My Baby Getting Enough Sleep?

Is My Baby Getting Enough Sleep?

On average, a newborn baby sleeps for 16 hours a day. Good sleep guarantees good health to your baby. Sleep promotes their body growth, cognitive development and boosts their immunity. The sleep patterns of your baby might change, as they get older, newborn babies sleep for shorter spans and wake up when they need to be fed, whereas a three-month-old or a six-month-old baby sleep for longer durations and they sleep through the night.

It might confuse parents as to how many hours their baby is supposed to sleep. When parents observe that their baby is not sleeping for many hours, it leads them to the question: Is my baby getting enough sleep?

Here are a few signs which indicate that your baby is not getting enough sleep:

Your baby is crying quite often: Parents know how much their baby usually cries. If your baby cries for no apparent reason like hunger, a wet diaper, stomach ache and so on, it is likely that their crying due to tiredness or lack of sleep

Your baby does not want to let go of you: If your baby cries, when you do not hold him or when you do not pay attention to him or whenever you put him down and is clinging to you more, he is trying to go to sleep. This is another sign that your baby might be sleep deprived.

mother burp her baby

Your baby keeps looking away: To sleep, babies usually turn away from things that induce him to stay awake, like toys or television. You can observe such behavior, whenever your baby usually sleeps during the day or night. If your baby keeps looking away at times he does not normally sleep, then it is an indicator that your baby is sleep deprived.

 Your baby keeps rubbing their eyes or touching their faces: It is quite common for babies to caress their faces and rub their eyes when they feel sleepy. If you observe your baby doing this frequently chances are, he is not getting enough sleep.

 Your baby does not wake up quickly: If your baby does not wake up fast and if your baby keeps sleeping, even when there are disturbances, it points out that your baby is not getting enough rest. Any baby who has slept well wakes up naturally, at the slightest noise or disturbance, if this is not the case with your baby, there are chances that your baby is sleep deprived.

 How can I help my baby to get enough sleep?

 Limit the duration of their naps: It is healthy for your baby to nap for two or 3hours. If your baby sleeps excessively, they will find it difficult to sleep again and this will start the cycle of sleep deprivation.

baby ready to sleep

Get your baby ready to sleep before their bedtime: Suppose your baby is supposed to sleep at 9:00 PM, take them to bed at 8:45 PM. This will help them sleep on time and wake up on time.

 Make sure your baby is comfortable: Check if your baby is waking up, because of their wet diaper or if their clothes are uncomfortable. If that is the case, try using overnight diapers and make them wear soft clothes.

Make sure your baby is not hungry: Babies tend to wake up when they feel hungry, make sure you feed your baby right before they sleep. When your baby is well-fed, they would get a good quality of sleep and are less likely to feel sleep-deprived.

 Create a relaxing environment: Have dim lights and a quiet room for your baby to sleep without any disturbances. Turn off the television and keep their toys away when it is time for them to sleep. You can also use soft noises because it will help your baby ease to sleep.

 It is important to note that you cannot force your baby to sleep, however, you can help them fall asleep. Sleep deprivation can cause many problems for your baby as he grows up, they will be at risk of insomnia and learning disabilities, problems in concentration and even Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Summary:

Signs to understand that your baby is not having enough sleep:

  • Your baby is crying quite often
  • Your baby does not want to let go of you
  • Your baby keeps looking away
  • Your baby keeps rubbing their eyes or touching their faces
  • Your baby does not wake up quickly

How can I help my baby to get enough sleep?

  • Limit the duration of their naps
  • Get your baby ready to sleep before their bedtime
  • Make sure your baby is wearing comfortable clothes
  • Create a relaxing environment
  • Make sure your baby is not hungry

Your baby is crying quite often

Your baby does not want to let go of you

Your baby keeps looking away

Your baby keeps rubbing their eyes or touching their faces

Signs to understand that your baby is not having enough sleep

How can I help my baby to get enough sleep?

Malathi

Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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