Any mother that has just had a new born baby will be wondering if their child is getting enough sleep. Many mothers and fathers will also be wondering if they are getting enough sleep themselves; but how much sleep should a young baby actually get. Medical experts all agree that during the first month of baby’s life around 15 hours sleep a day. Sleep is important for the development of any baby but don’t think there is something wrong just because your baby wakes up after napping for less than a hour at a time, even if it is at night. Interrupted sleep patterns are common and very natural in toddlers during their first six months or more.
When it’s time for baby to sleep there has to be some consistency shown by the parents, a routine if you will; rock your baby at least 15 minutes before you want them to go to bed and sleep, or maybe read them a bedtime story, even babies are often soothed by the tones of their parents’ voices. Perhaps you could even rub their brow or play some gentle music, just be sure that you carry out this routine consistently and with regularity.
Some studies have determined that babies will sleep better if massaged half an hour before being put to sleep, so if your baby has problems sleeping through the night try this as an alternative to rocking. Parents should also learn to read the body language of their baby. During the first year it will be unlikely there’ll be any dialogue between you and your baby but communication is important, so attempting to understand what your baby is feeling by reading body language may well prove vital.
If your baby is kicking their legs it could mean that they seen something amazing and are in awe of something they may have just seen. This could be a dog or a cat or something as simple as water running from a bathroom faucet. It should be encouraged as building leg muscles helps your child to develop the strength they will need when learning to crawl then walk.
Some babies are born active while others are mellower. If your baby is showing signs of hyperactivity and turns nappy-changing times into a wrestling match then you may want to take precautions like removing crib accessories the moment they learn to roll in their cot and not leave them unattended in the bouncing seat. The advantage of an active baby is they are more likely to walk at an earlier age than mellower babies.