Sleep helps to maintain the balance and functions of the body. It also provides the body with the opportunity to retain the necessary nutrients for growth. The sleep rate varies according to the age of the child. The child in the first months needs a great deal of sleep and rest.
According to studies and scientific research, the baby in the first weeks of his sleep at the rate of 20-22 hours a day, and is not woken only because of hunger, discomfort or pain, but at the end of the first six months, the child’s sleep hours up to about 16 hours, then decreases Sleeping hours are up to 12 hours at the age of four, and it is known that there is a link between regularity of food and sleep and any disorders in one of them leads to the disorder of the other.
Why babies can’t sleep?
Mothers suffer from the problems of the inability of the child to sleep, especially at night, and there must be reasons for children to express them crying and waking up to sleep to meet their needs and here are some reasons:
Sounds surrounding it: Some children with “light” sleep wake up to the slightest sound.
Hunger: One of the most important reasons for waking a child at night, because of the irregularity in the dates of giving the child food.
Disease: Children wake up because of pain in their bodies, making them unable to endure and express it crying.
Baby mattress: If the baby’s mattress is uncomfortable, hindering the child’s movement and waking from sleep, for example; narrow bedding or duffel covers that impede movement.
Baby clothes: If the baby wears clothes made of nylon that does not absorb sweat, they hinder the movement of the baby.
Tips to make your baby sleep
- Make sure the room lights are not on.
- Make sure the room is quiet, away from the noise and loud noises.
- Be sure to cover the baby well, and then put it in the correct position to feed him.
- You should make sure that the room where the baby sleeps is warm and that her bed is warm.
- Do not disturb the sleeping child frequently resort to making sure that it is asleep or covered well.
- Prepare for your child a warm bath as it helps him sleep.
- Adhere to a sleeping system to accustom the child to it.
- Sing to them while you sleep, because some children sleep on the sounds of quiet singing.
- Read the Koran in a quiet voice to your child’s hearing, will sleep after feeling reassured.
- Baby sleep: what is allowed and what is forbidden?
Baby sleep is very important for proper development. In the following article, you will find guidelines for what to do and what to avoid when it comes to sleeping.
Sleeping is very important for the development of a baby’s brain, especially during the first months of their lives. It is therefore important to know what to do and what not to do in everything related to their sleep.
Here are some guidelines for your child’s very important sleep :
1- Signs of fatigue
Eye rubbing, crying, cramping movements and of course yawning may be signs of fatigue and drowsiness in infants.
Very tired children have a harder time sleeping so it is important to pay attention to these signs beforehand and understand that it is time to sleep.
Signs of fatigue in older children can be fatigue, dependency, and hyperactivity.
2- Do not wake the baby from his sleep
What if the baby sleeps in the car chair?
Take the chair with your home and the child can continue to sleep there. You don’t have to wake him up or move him to bed.
Even if the child starts to sleep in his hammock, don’t wake him up, just watch him, and of course, don’t let him sleep there all night. If the child is in a very deep sleep, he can be moved to bed without waking him up.
3- Children sleep a lot
The baby’s sleep is long and stretches for about 16 hours a day where the baby wakes up just to eat or switch diapers. As they get older, they need fewer hours of sleep during the day and more at night:
- Up to the age of six months, the child should be able to sleep all night plus two naps – three during the day.
- In one year, they sleep once or twice during the day and can sleep up to 11 hours at night.
4- Don’t rely on naps while traveling
It may be tempting to combine naps with long travel in the car but try not to turn it into a habit. Sleeping during movement can only provide your child with the comfort he or she needs.
If your child seems tired and your schedule is tight, try changing it or rearranging it again. Consider even taking an incubator so that your child has more regular hours of sleep.
6- Do not rush into the room
Sneezing, hiccups, sighs, groans, and whining are common acoustic phenomena in infants. Therefore, you must not rush into the room every time you hear such a sound.
Even if the baby is moving and crying a little – maybe he is just trying to sleep. Wait a few minutes before you go check it out unless you think it’s unsafe, uncomfortable or hungry.
6- After eating, wait for a little and then put him to sleep
Usually, children want to sleep immediately after eating/feeding. Feeding or eating from the bottle while they sleep can be a pleasant experience, but over time this may become the only way they can sleep.
Try to separate feeding or eating from sleep, even for just a few minutes – try reading a story or changing a diaper.
7- My child doesn’t want to sleep, something troubles him
If your child is disturbed for some reason and cannot sleep because of his discomfort, find out why and try to treat it:
- Your child may complain of pain due to the appearance of his teeth (teething)
- Or he complains about a disease, such as a cold.
Measure his temperature with a thermometer to see if he complains of high temperature due to one of these reasons.