In the first months, babies are asleep more than they're awake.
Newborns sleep for 16 to 20 hours waking every 4 hours to feed.
70% of babies sleep through the night by 4 months, most by 6 months, At 12 monthsm being more active, they sleep a night withough waking and having a daytime nap. By age 3, the nap is dicontinued and night time sleep decreaeses.
Importance of Sleep
During sleep the body produces a growth hormone and rests mentally and physically.
A routine calms children and makes them feel more secure.
In the run up to bed time....
- Reduce activity level
- Offer a warm barth and drink
- Read a story
- Recall day time activities
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is rare. It is the sudden, unepecgted death of the baby as it dleeps. Measures can be takern to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Put a baby on their back with feet at the end of the cot
- Use a firm mattress
- Tuck covers in well below babys shoulders
- Ensure the room is at 16 to 18 degrees.
- Seek medical advice if baby is unwell
- Breastfeed is possible.
- Let anyone smoke in the house
- Have a baby in bed with you
- Cover the babys head
- Put a cot near a radiator or in direct sunlight, or let a baby overheat