Thinking back to those early weeks with my babies is a bit hazy. I remember sore boobs, falling asleep on the couch at dinner time and not being able to finish my glass of wine, which by the way, is devastating after looking forward to a nice glass of wine for 9 months.
For those of you who have already had your baby the cat will be well and truly out of the bag. You’ll know all too well the sleep patterns of your newborn. But those expecting might be wondering what those early weeks will be like.
In the early days how much will my baby sleep?
It’s hard work being fresh out of the womb! To begin with your baby will probably sleep around for 16 hours in a day. It’s usually in blocks of up to 4 hours at a time (but it can be more like 2 or 3, which makes for tired very mums and dads…).
When do they sleep?
When babies are born they have no idea about day and night and it takes a long time for any sort of pattern to be established. So they’ll wake frequently to begin with.
Expect your bub to be waking around every three hours. New babies wake this often because they have tiny tummies that can’t hold much milk, so when they get hungry they wake and let you know.
Try to be patient even though you are exhausted!
It takes a very long time for any sort of routine to be established. But you can help it along by doing the same things just before bed. Like:
These are all little signs for your baby that will help them understand it’s time for bed.
So does it all sound like hard work? Um… yes! But as time goes on and your baby grows and thrives you will begin to see those sleeps stretching longer, and you’ll soon become more confident with the techniques for a blissful nights sleep for everyone.
(Remember that safe sleeping is paramount. For information about SIDS and how to sleep your baby safely click here…)