Most moms have dealt with their babies’ irregular sleeping patterns even before they gave birth. Expectant moms have felt their babies toss and turn in utero at various times during the night or intermittently during daytime. Day-night reversals are very common during the first few weeks of a newborn’s life – a phase which most often contributes to the familiar stresses experienced by a lot of parents.
Some babies undoubtedly become more active at nighttime. It only becomes worse when they act fussy and irritable until the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately, your little one’s sleeping pattern is bound to change as he grows. Gently inducing your baby into a sleeping schedule that works for the whole family is possible. It only takes a little time and patience to achieve.
1) Let some sunshine in to your home.
Your week-old baby would be able to respond to some brightness. You might as well open your windows and pull those curtains up to allow some sunlight inside the baby’s room. A moderate amount of early morning sunlight is also a good source of Vitamin D and is good for the baby’s skin. Conversely, keep the lights and all sorts of sounds low during nighttime. This creates a suitable atmosphere for a good night’s sleep. It is very important to note that this practice may not generate the best results yet. Give it some time and be patient until your baby develops a certain level of responsiveness.
2) Allow your baby to hear the sounds of a typical day’s activities.
You cannot entirely avoid the random sounds of your doorbell, the telephone ringing or family members’ heavy footsteps. As long as these sounds are kept safely at a low, these won’t harm your baby’s ears. Playing lively and upbeat baby music during the daytime and soothing slow tunes as a cue for sleep can help make the distinction between play and slumber times. As your baby develops, he will be able to distinguish environmental cues and eventually, be able to respond to these signals as well.
3) Establish a feeding schedule.
Yes, it is safe to disrupt your baby’s slumber for feeding. Experienced mothers and pediatricians believe that a scheduled feeding, rather than feeding whenever the baby cries, is a healthier routine for the baby’s diet and his developing digestive system. Feeding intervals during daytime are usually 2-3 hours, and since your little one requires to be fed during nighttime as well, the interval may be stretched to 3-4 hours apart.
Studies have shown that newborns do not have a specific and distinct sleeping pattern. While sleeping is a universal brain-controlled activity, babies, apparently, require an indefinite period for their young brains to develop a suitable timing mechanism for sleep. Dealing with your baby’s irregular sleeping pattern can be frustrating and tiring as mothers also require adequate sleep to recover from the strenuous activities that came with pregnancy and childbirth. The key is to have tons of patience and while you’re at it, savor every stirring moment and take the time to interact with your baby. Before you know it, your baby has already outgrown his erratic sleeping schedule.