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Babies, Sleep And Getting Into Routines
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In order to ensure your baby grows and develops well they need sleep, they need to get this from sleeping both in the day and night time.

A baby should have frequent naps during the day and it is advisable that you take this opportunity to catch up on some sleep yourself as it is a good way of recuperating energy. A new baby can really leave you feeling tired and with interrupted sleep patterns you can soon become exhausted.

A day time nap will benefit not only your baby but yourself and help you to feel you are coping with what is, no doubt a life changing event. Your stress levels increase as you become sleep deprived so take every opportunity to rest. Lack of sleep can also lead to weight gain as you attempt to raise energy levels by eating more than normal, this is the cause of many peoples weight issues as your metabolism slows and body fat is stored as a result.

A new born baby may fall into a regular pattern of daytime naps or simply fall asleep as required. Most do not conform to a regular routine this early, waking any where between 2-4 hours at day and night to feed. Their stomachs are very small and so there need to feed is greater. Try to time a feed just before you settle to sleep yourself, even if it means rousing your baby, this way you may get a few hours in before the next feed.

With age a baby does fall into a routine and with guidance you can make that pattern fit conveniently around your needs. Life does become easier and you can regain some time for yourself again.

As your child grows you will recognise the tell tale signs of tiredness, irritable, crying and rubbing their eyes for example.

Eventually you will get into a pattern of a morning and afternoon nap during the day, you will probably want to drop one of these naps as your child grows. Some children may need to cut out an afternoon nap if it interferes with their evening sleep, although it is usual to drop the morning nap and then aim for a post lunch early afternoon nap. Do not allow them to sleep too long in the afternoon or you may find a rested baby who is not ready to sleep at night on your hands.

By attending baby groups or activities in the morning, your baby should be ready for a nap soon after lunch, this gives you time in the afternoon to recharge your batteries or get on with work.


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