We were all babies once, but we don't remember how much effort our parents put into putting us to sleep in the first place. This time we'll answer six long-standing questions to help you better understand your baby's sleep characteristics!
The number of hours of sleep required by babies is completely different from that of adults. Newborns can sleep up to 17 hours a day, and it would gradually decrease starting from the fourth month. Each sleep cycle lasts about 45 minutes, with the first 15 minutes being the "non-rapid eye movement period" for physical growth and the last 30 minutes being the "rapid eye movement period" for brain development.
In addition to frequent diaper changes and feeding, light sleep is also due to the baby's habit of "swimming" back in being a fetus. It is a reflex that occurs during sleep and the baby would be awakened by its own movements.
The light sleep behavior is also an innate self-help mechanism. It is what the baby's brain consciously kept active to do to ensure that the baby is still breathing normally, causing the baby to wake up naturally after 15 minutes of sleep. This behavior would be improved around six months of age.
In addition, some parents rush to feed their baby when he cries during sleep, but late night feeding can be a huge burden on the baby's digestive tract, making it more difficult for them to fall asleep. Parents can try to increase the amount of milk they feed before bedtime to prevent their baby from waking up during the night.
When a baby is ready to sleep, the room should be as quiet as possible and the light should be dimmed to avoid disturbing the baby's sleep.
But there is no need to make the environment completely quiet, as this will make the baby more sensitive to sound. The absence of natural background sounds will also make the baby feel uncomfortable and fearful.
Sound is not always a bad thing in baby sleep, just like when the mother talks softly to the baby, the baby is more likely to fall asleep because of the reassurance.
Babies are not yet able to distinguish the day and night. If your baby sleeps too much during the daytime, he or she will easily lose sleep at night. It is recommended that naptime after the age of half a year does not exceed 5:00 p.m. to avoid getting too much sleep in daytime.
In addition, adults need to help babies develop a sleep habit. Set up a regular bedtime schedule, such as bathing ➝ changing into pajamas ➝feeding ➝ mouth cleaning➝ listening to music, etc., and try to keep the order consistent from day to day so that your baby can develop a bedtime habit. Your baby will develop sleep habit over time and adjust his or her sleeping routine.
Baby moves while sleeping is normal. If parents always too hurry to soothe your baby, it will only wake the baby up. Also, it will make the baby overly dependent on parents to put them to sleep and lose the ability to fall asleep on their own.
Parents love to hold their babies to sleep. The baby would develop a habit that they need to be held to fall asleep. Also, when they wake up and find themselves being transferred from his mother's arm to the bed in a dark room, he will become afraid, leading to a vicious cycle in which parents have to hold him again to fall asleep.
There is a way to put your child to sleep that is worth sharing: choose a soft song just for sleep and start playing it when your child is sleepy. Then slowly turn the music down and off until a while after they fall asleep. Later, when the baby hears the song, he will slowly fall asleep. Parents can accompany their baby to sleep and train him to fall asleep on his own.
Some studies have found that shacking while holding a baby can cause the baby's undeveloped brain to collide with the skull, which may lead to concussions and even intracranial hemorrhage. Insufficient support in the baby's neck can also compress the brain when being shaken. Babies do like to be rocked, but it is important to rock them from side to side or back and forth, not up and down, to avoid injury.
Some highchairs are designed to swing manually while the baby lying down. It can avoid the up-and-down vibration caused by hand-holding, and it is more energy-saving.
Some co-sleep baby cots also have a rocking function which allow baby to lay completely flat in bed. Gently rock the cot left and right to help the baby fall asleep, safe and reliable.
With these tools, it's easy to put your baby to sleep in the future! We will continue to update our baby care tips, so stay tuned for updates on this page and get started on your baby care journey!