What should babies pay attention to when they sleep during the day?

Apr 18, 2023

   I often hear mothers around me say, "Let your baby play well during the day, so that he or she can sleep well at night and not make a lot of noise." But in fact, Oxford University psychologists have found that babies who get good sleep during the day have better cognitive development and are better able to explore and learn.
   For newborn babies, most of the day is spent in sleep. As babies grow, they need naps during the day in addition to nighttime sleep. Daytime naps and nighttime sleep are controlled by different mechanisms in the brain. Not only will daytime naps not affect nighttime sleep, but adequate rest during the day will ensure that your baby is energetic and in a more pleasant state.

  1.How many naps does my baby need during the day?

  From birth, it takes time to gradually develop a sleep routine.
In the first month, babies are usually in a "sleep-wake" pattern, i.e. they have a relatively long sleep cycle during each feeding. As babies get older, their naps will lengthen and become more regular.

  Babies 4 months old to 1 year old go through the newborn stage and generally sleep for 1.5 to 2 hours in the morning and 1.5 to 2 hours in the afternoon; some babies need to catch up on sleep at dusk for about 40 minutes. The total length of a typical daytime nap is 3 hours or more.

  Most babies' third naps will gradually disappear after 9 months of age.
Toddlers over the age of 1 year will no longer need a morning nap and will sleep for 2 to 3 hours directly in the afternoon. To make your baby feel more refreshed, it is appropriate to bring the afternoon nap forward by half an hour, and most children will maintain their napping habits until they are 3 to 5 years old. Mothers need to be aware that each baby's sleep routine varies and can be adjusted to suit individual circumstances.


  2.How to guide your baby to take a daytime nap?

(1) Create an atmosphere for your baby to sleep: The most helpful thing for your baby to fall asleep is to create a comfortable environment that is dim, quiet and at the right temperature (not too hot).

(2) grasp the baby sleep timing: put the bed at the moment when the baby is drowsy. Before the baby falls asleep, there is usually a "window period", this is the easiest time to put him to sleep, such as not helping him to fall asleep in time, may make him more irritable and sleepy, of course, it will be more difficult to put to sleep. If you find that your baby's eyelids begin to droop or rub his eyes or some irritability, are signs that he wants to sleep.

(3) Pay attention to the way of putting to sleep: avoid putting to sleep by holding, rocking, milking, etc., otherwise it will lead to the baby can only fall asleep by these ways, and lose the ability to fall asleep by themselves. If you put your baby to sleep regularly, the time and length of sleep will be relatively fixed. Let your baby develop good daytime napping habits.                   

(4)  Also remember that little babies are sometimes in a light sleep and will have movements such as twitching their arms and legs, smiling, sucking, etc. They do not seem to be sleeping peacefully and it is easy to mistake a baby's light sleep for him being awake or him being hungry. It is advisable not to pick your baby up immediately, but to wait a few minutes to see if he can go back to sleep on his own.
Is there a need to control the length of my baby's naps? My answer is that it usually depends on how well your baby sleeps during the night.

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