The average newborn sleeps much of the day and night, waking only for feedings every few hours. It is often hard for new parents to know how long and how often a newborn should sleep. Unfortunately, there is no set schedule at first, and many newborns have their days and nights confused.
They think they are supposed to be awake at night and sleep during the day.
If you’ve just brought a newborn home, you’re probably preoccupied with sleep – both the baby’s and yours. Establishing a sleep routine with your infant is a good way to instill good sleep habits. Here are a few suggestions for bedtime with your baby.
Getting a baby to sleep through the night is a new parent’s goal. Sometimes, tried-and-true tactics like swaddling will do the trick. On other nights, innovation is required. The good news is that the market for high-tech, sleep-promoting baby devices is growing by the day.
Developed by a pediatrician, this bassinet is quickly catching on in the baby market. It doesn’t come cheap—models start at over $1,000. But with womb-like rocking motions, a built-in white noise machine, and sensors that detect a baby crying that immediately deploy soothing sounds, this product is much in demand.
A parent’s soothing sounds—or “shushes”—are comforting to little ones. Now, there’s a device that does the shushing for you. The Baby Shusher is designed to imitate a parent’s reassuring sounds, as well as the blood flow and other noises your infant heard in utero. Its automatic timer shuts off after 15 or 30 minutes, hopefully long after baby is in dreamland. For parents on the go, download the Baby Shusher app and have all the soothing, sleep-inducing sounds on your smart phone, no matter where you and baby may be.
Ease your little one’s fear of the dark with this alarm clock that does so much more than just tell time. Part nightlight, part white noise machine, and part music player, this innovative gadget projects colorful stars onto the ceiling, providing the perfect distraction for restless babies.
Wondering how your baby is doing in the nursery? Wish you could soothe her without having to leave the confines of your own bed? The Nanit Plus baby monitor is a smart, in-home system that allow parents an overhead view of their sleeping infant at all times, courtesy of small, mountable camera and smartphone app. A two-way communication system allows you to sing lullabies or whisper sweet nothings to your little one from different rooms, and a built-in nature soundtrack provides calming background noise when sleep is hard to come by.
Remember, a baby who sleeps through the night is a wonderful thing, but a baby who has a tough time sleeping is not a reflection of your parenting! Go easy on yourself, and if you have any questions about your or your baby’s sleep don’t hesitate to call us.
While this article is based on making sure you get the right amount of sleep to help you perform at your best at work and home, it might be difficult for you to actually get the recommended amount.
So just how much sleep do we need to stay alive? Scientists have tested how long humans can survive without air (about three minutes), how long a person can go without water (three days) and even how long someone can last without food (three weeks).
But when it comes to sleep, not as much research has been done.
Even one night of no sleep can have the same effect on the human body as being drunk. The longest anyone has ever stayed awake was about 11 days which was done for a school project (really!) in 1965.
Despite all the health problems listed above, no human has ever died from not having enough sleep alone. The problems are when someone develops other health complications through a lack of sleep.
A pretty horrible experiment on rats in 1999 did actually see the creatures die after two weeks of being kept awake.
Even people with sleep disorders manage to get a few hours every night.