Newborn Sleep Facts New Parents Should Know
Congratulations on your newborn! Holding your little bundle of joy is a beautiful feeling which can’t be described in words. With all the joy and happiness of becoming new parents, come the little things like sleep deprivation, that can sometimes get the best of you and turn your life upside down. In such a situation, all you want is the chance to catch up on your sleep.
Well, there is nothing to feel bad or guilty about it because we all need a good night’s sleep to function properly throughout the day and ensure good health. So, to make it easy for you to get your sleep without the guilt, here we list some newborn sleep facts that new parents should know. Knowing these facts will help you minimize the mystery of why your baby sleeps a certain way and more importantly optimize naps and nighttime sleep. Take a look:
Fact#1—A newborn’s sleep cycle is around 45 to 60 minutes
This means that their sleep cycles are short as compared to grown-ups. That’s precisely why they tend to wake up often. In the first ten minutes, they start to fall asleep, in the next ten minutes they get deeper into sleep, and after that, they are heavily asleep. However, this lasts for only 10 minutes. By 30 to 40 minutes into the sleep cycle, they start coming out of heavy sleep, and around 45 to 50 minutes they eventually come in light sleep and wake up quickly.
Therefore, don’t rush the baby to bed, let them enter deep sleep fully before you transition them from one sleeping place to another so that they don’t wake up right away. Also, if the baby wakes mid-nap, you can try to lull your baby back to sleep to allow them to finish their nap.
Fact#2—Infants spend nearly fifty per =cent of their sleep in active REM (Rapid Eye Movement)
It makes sense why your baby wakes up so fast before you could relax. Infants spend an equal amount of time inactive and quiet sleep which means that fifty percent of the baby sleep is light and filled with dreams. Thus, light sleep contributes to them waking frequently.
So, if you see your newborn struggling to stay asleep during light sleep, make the environment extra quiet during their sleep cycle transition.
Fact#3—Newborn’s sleep may begin to settle around the three to the six-month mark
If your little one is giving you a tough time in the sleep department, don’t worry because their sleep will begin to settle during the three to the six-month mark. During this time, you’ll see that your baby begins to go into a deep sleep faster and stays in it longer; thus, giving you more time to catch up on your sleep. Also, how your baby sleeps as they get older largely depends on the healthy sleep habits that you teach them. That’s right, babies need to be parented to sleep. So, if you teach baby healthy sleep habits, you won’t have to experience sleep challenges in the long run.
To learn more, contact us to schedule a consultation. Our experienced consultants can teach you the best tips and coach you on the gentle sleep habits that will help your baby sleep well.