Video: Understanding Your Newborn’s Sleep Needs
Understanding and coping with a baby’s erratic sleep patterns can be a challenge for a new parent. Learn from other Kiwi parents who share their experiences in this short video
Viewing time: 6 minutes
What you’ll learn:
- Babies generally sleep for 2 – 3 hours and wake up hungry, so lying-in on a Sunday is out!
- Baby’s body language and mood often changes when they are tired, which you’ll learn in the first 3 to 6 weeks
- In baby’s first week you may find the feeds are short and the sleeps are long. By 8 weeks, they may want more playtime and interaction
- Signs of tiredness include ‘jerky’ movements, which can be confused with being more awake
- Wrapping them up (swaddling) prevents them from frightening themselves with the startle reflex which last for about 3 minutes
- Getting baby to sleep is more difficult when they are over-tired or you miss the opportunity to get them to bed
- Keeping them awake a bit more each day and giving them a bath and a good feed in the evening works a treat!