Does my baby sleep enough? Or just too much? Babies and children need more sleep than adults. But how much sleep does a baby need? In an earlier article on the importance of sleep for children , I have already explained why sleep is important for children and their development.
After the birth
The first days after birth, a baby really sleeps a lot, nothing at all to scare. A baby can sleep for up to 20 hours a day! This is not so strange when you think that the baby’s birth has also been very fierce and so, like mommy ( and maybe daddy, it’s a bit of a bit ) must be replaced by this. After a few days, this is something, but a baby still sleeps about 16 hours a day on average!
Of course, these 16 hours, and all other times mentioned in this section , are purely averages that should be taken as guidelines. In practice, it is different for each child, how much sleep he or she needs. Do not worry too soon, babies have the property, call the instinct , to sleep as much as they need!
A baby has not developed a day and night rhythm, and all of them wake up to feed, after feeding, a little attention, and perhaps a clean diaper, the baby is tired again and falls asleep for the next 2 a 3 hours after which the weather wakes up with hunger sensation. So in short, it’s actually all day long sleep with short “breaks” for food.
Sleep watch rhythm
After 3 months, babies still sleep on average for about 15 hours a day. There is now something like a sleep watch rhythm with a long sleep period at night of about 10 hours and 3 short sleepings during the day. After about half a year, babies begin to sleep fairly late by night and thus speak of a nice sleep and watchful rhythm, the average sleep time has now decreased to 14 hours, and is divided into only 2 short sleepies during the day, and a long sleeping period from 10 am to 11 pm This sleep rhythm holds the baby until he or she is about one and a half years old, the duration of short sleepings during the day is slowing down during this period. Then the child will only need one short afternoon nap during daytime.
Sleeping cycle of a baby
In the previously published article about the sleep cycle , you have read that a cycling of a (mature) person takes about 90 minutes. In a newborn baby, it only takes 47 minutes and after a few months it is only 50 minutes.
Also the proportion of deep sleep versus light sleep differs a lot. In adult people, deep sleep has a share of up to 80% while in babies only half of the time, and early childhood even 20%. Deep sleep is the most effective and the sleep in which your body and mind recovered. This explains in part why babies and children need so much sleep. It also explains why children wake up more often (you get a lot easier in a slight sleep).
Cool know, babies know a sleep phase that occurs only during the first 3 months, the indifferent sleep. This may take half of the sleep time.Striking is that he or she then sleeps with the eyes open! So do not be awake and let your baby sleep well until he / she wakes up!
Does my baby sleep enough?
One child needs more sleep than the other, therefore all of the numbers mentioned must really be seen as a guideline. So do not worry too soon. As long as your child wakes up in the morning and looks energetic and alert during the day, there is nothing to worry about, how much he or she may sleep!