Having a baby at home is fun, but it is probably the hardest challenge a parent has to face. It’s no joke feeding and caring for babies, especially with some of the strange habits that most babies have, like staying awake all night and sleeping all day. Without a good strategy for this unusual sleeping habit, parents can lose their sleep and get so distressed in the process. Here are some tips on what to do in case this happens.
For Babies Below One Year
Infants below one year of age usually spend most of their time sleeping. This is part of their natural growth. They need to be milk-fed every so often and then sleep right after. If they crave for milk every four hours, they would likely sleep for four hours, too, before their feeding time. There are times when they stay awake for a while and move their limbs, which some experts say is how they exercise and play, but then this only lasts about a few minutes before they doze off again.
But the problem comes during late nights and during dawn. Often, babies are awake at this time and mysteriously “refuse” to sleep. Experts say, babies are naturally built like this. Here’s how Pampers Philippines put it:
- Newborn: needs 16 to 18 hours of sleep everyday
- 3 weeks: needs 15 to 18 hours of sleep everyday
- 6 weeks: needs 15 to 16 hours of sleep everyday
- 4 months: needs 9 to 12 hours of sleep everyday
- 6 months: needs 10 to 11 hours of sleep everyday
- 9 months: needs 10 to 12 hours of sleep everyday
[INPOSTLB]Instead of trying to figure out how to get a baby to sleep, what you need to do is to sleep with the baby. It’s fun to watch babies sleep, and that’s what most inexperienced parents do. Later, when it’s late at night, they find out that babies stay awake, but they, the parents, need to get some sleep, which isn’t possible because they need to look after the baby. To correct that mistake, just follow the baby’s sleeping pattern and you’ll be relatively fine.
Here are good strategies to remedy this situation:
- Sleep with the baby in the daytime so you could cope up with them at night.
- Set a schedule. The mother can sleep with the baby during the day, while the father works at the office. Later, when dad comes home at night, he can get some sleep while mom takes care of the baby. She can, however, request dad to assist her every now and then. A good schedule for dad is to sleep from 8 pm to 3 am before resuming babysitting duties while mom takes some rest.
- Or, hire a babysitter for the night shift so both parents can enjoy sleeping at night.
For Babies One year and Older
Babies one year old and beyond are a bit easier to put to sleep. Since babies at this age are able to crawl, stand, walk a bit, and play a lot, they can be kept busy with play most times of the day, along with exciting, new sights like colorful toys or a walk in the park. Babies love to roam around new places or outdoors.
If babies grow tired from playing in the late afternoon or early evening, it would be easier for them to sleep later on. A light sponge bath will also help.