For the first few weeks, newborns can sleep up to 16–20 hours a day for 3–4 hours at a time. It is important to prepare the baby and his environment for a good rest.

Keep your child safe:

• Lay the baby on his back, on a hard surface, be sure to turn his head to one side.

• Remove extra pillows, soft toys, and blankets from the crib.

• Go to bed next to your baby, but not in the same bed.

• Keep the room temperature just above 20°C.

Tips for moms and dads:

• Help your baby recognize the difference in time of day by dimming the lights at night and brightening them up a little during the day.

• Newborns sleep a lot on their backs, so when they’re awake it’s important to turn them on their tummy or keep them upright.

• It is important to feed the baby approximately every three hours. And the last feeding should be done right before bedtime so that the baby sleeps longer.

How much sleep should a baby:

• Newborn: 16-20 hours a day

• 6 weeks: 15-16 hours per day

• 4 months: 9-12 hours plus 2 naps

• 6 months: 11 hours plus 2 naps

• 9 months: 11-12 hours plus 2 naps

• 1 year: 10-11 hours plus 2 naps

The Importance of Sleep

It may seem to you that in a dream, the baby’s brain is disconnected from the stimuli of the outside world. This is not true. When the baby is fast asleep, his body rests, and the brain develops, learns to remember and sorts out what he saw during the day. So when the child’s eyes begin to stick together, let him sleep.

How is this known?

From the research of chicks of song breeds. They were divided into two groups: one chick rested from learning to sing in silence, but they were not allowed to sleep, the second group rested under normal conditions, but could sleep. As a result, the second group reproduced songs more accurately and learned faster than the first group. This is due to a decrease in brain activity in chicks that have not slept for a long time.

Sleep learning

To understand how else wakefulness and sleep affect brain activity, scientists studied people. We have phases of non-REM and REM sleep. During the first phase, we hardly wake up and hardly move. During the fast phase, we see dreams, turn from side to side. The child goes through both phases of sleep. Comfortable sleep is vital for a child’s healthy development. How else to process and remember all the information of the day: what did he hear, touch, see and try today?

Therefore, the next time you tiptoe into the nursery and lightly kiss the baby in a dream, think about how many important and difficult events are going on in his tiny head. And this is just the beginning!

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