Many parents of newborns have trouble getting enough sleep. However, there are things you can do to adjust baby sleep patterns, so that you can get more rest. You can emphasize the idea that daytime is for activities, while nighttime is for sleeping. You can also watch out for early warning signs which show that your baby is already weary.
The Hard Part About Baby Sleep Patterns
Having a newborn in the house is cause for a lot of joy, as well as a lot of fatigue. The joy comes into play because the family welcomes a new member into the fold. The fatigue is there because the little one is completely dependent on you, as parents. You have to see the baby's needs. These include feeding, burping, bathing, cleaning, diaper changing and so much more. It's a hectic and almost frantic time, and one of the first casualties of varying baby sleep patterns is your own ability to get a good night's rest.
Early Baby Sleep Patterns
However, this is not something that you have to take lying down. It is possible to understand the sleeping patterns of your little one, and adjust them to be more in line with adult sleeping patterns. What has been found out is that babies end up sleeping for a very large fraction of the day. In fact, they're generally sleep for two-thirds of the day.
The problem though is that they only usually stay sleep for short periods of time. Unlike adults who can stay sleep for eight straight hours or longer, babies will tend to remain sleep for only up to four hours at a time. This means that there is a fundamental incompatibility between the sleeping patterns of newborns and adults, which results in babies waking up their parents repeatedly.
How to Shift Baby Sleeping Patterns
There are things that parents can do so that, over time, the little one will tend to sleep during the evening and stay awake during the day. One way to do this is by highlighting to your baby the fact that daytime is for staying active, while nighttime is for sleeping. To do this, you can make sure that the interior of the house is getting sufficient natural light during the day, and is on the darker side at night. You can also more actively play with your baby during the day, while being more laid back and relaxed at night.
Another thing you can do is observe your baby carefully through the day and night, watching for early warning signs which show that he or she is already weary. The goal is to make sure that when your baby is already tired, you are able to let your little one nap. What you want to avoid is continuing to stimulate or actively play with your baby, when he or she is already tired. This is one of those things which tend to mess with your little one's sleeping patterns.