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Your Questions About Baby Swaddle Pattern

Charles asks…

When will my daughter sleep through the night?

My daughter is 3 months old and she still wakes up every 2 hours to eat. When will she sleep through the night or at least sleep for a longer stretch of time. She won’t go to bed till after 10pm at the earliest. I also am breastfeeding her.

Pilar Estefana answers:

Babies vary. Most experts say that babies establish their sleeping patterns between 2 and 6 months. My son is 4 months old, goes to sleep at 10-10:30 pm, wakes up for a 6am feeding then goes back to sleep. So don’t lose hope. You may want to try setting up a routine to get her used to bedtime. A bath, bottle and swaddle with the lights low worked for me.

Good luck!

Lisa asks…

My 5 month old son cries a lot. How do i make him feel happy?

unfortunately my wife got killed in a horrific car crash last week. Now I have to raise my son without her care anymore. I am already in big depression myself but i manage to take good care of son and try to do best i can. But he cries a lot. I have given him toys to play with too. When wife was there, she was very good in calming son. I lack the skill to do that. How do i make my baby boy feel better?

Pilar Estefana answers:

If this is true:
i am sorry to hear about your wife..try being calm and relaxed when holding your son, they pick up tension and anxiety….walk up and down the hall with him, pat his bum or back in a rhythmic pattern, he may be too old, but if he’s not moving around a lot or you are there to watch over him, try swaddling him, or swaddling him and then carrying/patting etc….you will find what works for you before you know it..

George asks…

Any tips to help me get my 6 week old to sleep before 2am?

she sleeps very little, but seems to sleep from 2-6 each night. I just wish we could do that a bit earlier.

Pilar Estefana answers:

What worked for us was keeping the baby close to us. We used a baby sling a lot. I used that usually in the middle of the night to rock her to sleep, then I’d move her to the crib. From dinner time to ten or so, my husband would rock her to sleep in his arm a lot, then lay her down on his chest where she’s sleep and he’s watch TV.

As she got older, we started to get into a pattern with her feedings and established a bed time routine. We also started swaddling her for her feeding during the bed time routine. I started it so she’s keep her hands out of the way, but it also seemed to help her stay asleep when we moved her to the crib so that I didn’t have to walk her around the house anymore.

Ruth asks…

Helpful Hints For Getting My Daughter To Bed Earlier?

Hi. I have an 8 month old baby girl and I’m wondering if any other mommies have some advise for me. For the last week she’s been staying up progressively later each night (her routine got out of wack thanks to thanksgiving). So I’m having to ‘retrain’ her sleep hours but I’m having a difficult time. I’ve tried everything MY mother has told me to do but it’s not really working. I need some hints :) THANKS!

Pilar Estefana answers:

We all have exciting times when things don’t go as usual, so baby will get to understand this! Be firm and say its time to sleep. Settle her down with her favourite toy or comfort blanket/cloth, or something with a familiar smell; not something that will keep her awake longer if it is too interesting to look at.

Child development varies, and at 9 months there has been yet another step up on the development ladder. This can be unsettling as now baby has more awareness of her surroundings, may not be as accommodating about childcare and becomes a bit clingy. It is the stage not the child or childcare at fault. Just offer reassurance and calmly settle her down.

One thing that worked for me was a musical toy which shone a pattern on the ceiling which I used after telling a story. So the usual bath, dry, cuddle,bed, story, nightlight routine. This worked well for mine. When at this age there was a problem sleeping I used to swaddle my children and that comfort soon had them back to sleep!

All children respond differently to different things depending on their character. That may be why your Mum s method is not working this time. You will get there. It is like trying to work out the crys of a new born and not understanding the language! Good luck! :)

Joseph asks…

Can a 3 week old sleep too much? If so when do you become concerned?

My newborn daughter seems to sleep all the time. I know this is something I shouldn’t complain about but can a newborn (3 weeks) sleep too much?

Pilar Estefana answers:

Here is some information about Newborn Sleeping, if you scroll down you’ll see the sleeping chart…. Your baby is suppose to get about 16-18 hours a day. Is not anything you should really be concerned…

The average newborn sleeps much of the day and night, waking only for feedings every few hours. It is often hard for new parents to know how long and how often a newborn should sleep. Unfortunately, there is no set schedule at first and many newborns have their days and nights confused – they think they are supposed to be awake at night and sleep in the daytime.

Generally, newborns sleep about eight to nine hours in the daytime and about eight hours at night. Most babies do not begin sleeping through the night (six to eight hours) without waking until about three months of age, or until they weigh 12 to 13 pounds. Newborns and young infants have a small stomach and must wake every few hours to eat. In most cases, your baby will awaken and be ready to eat about every three to four hours. It is not necessary to wake a baby for feedings unless you have been advised to do so by your baby’s physician. However, do not let a newborn sleep longer than five hours at a time in the first five to six weeks.

Watch for changes in your baby’s sleep pattern. If your baby has been sleeping consistently, and suddenly is waking, there may be a problem such as an ear infection. Some sleep disturbances are simply due to changes in development or because of over stimulation.
Never put a baby to bed with a bottle propped for feeding. This is a dangerous practice that can lead to ear infections and choking.
There are two types of sleep:
REM (rapid eye movement sleep)
This is a light sleep when dreams occur and the eyes move rapidly back and forth. Although babies spend about 16 hours each day sleeping, about half of this is in REM sleep. Older children and adults sleep fewer hours and spend much less time in REM sleep.

Non-REM sleep:
Non-REM has 4 stages:
Stage 1 – drowsiness – eyes droop, may open and close, dozing
Stage 2 – light sleep – the baby moves and may startle or jump with sounds
Stage 3 – deep sleep – the baby is quiet and does not move
Stage 4 – very deep sleep – the baby is quiet and does not move

A baby enters stage 1 at the beginning of the sleep cycle, and then moves into stage 2, then 3, then 4, then back to 3, then 2, then to REM. These cycles may occur several times during sleep.

Babies may awaken as they pass from deep sleep to light sleep and may have difficulty going back to sleep in the first few months.

Babies also have differences in how alert they are during the time they are awake. When a newborn awakens at the end of the sleep cycles, there is typically a quiet alert phase. This is a time when the baby is very still, but awake and taking in the environment. During the quiet alert time, babies may look or stare at objects, and respond to sounds and motion. This phase usually progresses to the active alert phase in which the baby is attentive to sounds and sights, but moves actively. After this phase is a crying phase. The baby’s body moves erratically, and he/she may cry loudly. Babies can easily be over stimulated during the crying phase. It is usually best to find a way of calming the baby and the environment. Holding a baby close or swaddling (wrapping snugly in a blanket) may help calm a crying baby.

It is usually best to feed babies before they reach the crying phase. During the crying phase, they can be so upset that they may refuse the breast or bottle. In newborns, crying is a late sign of hunger.

Helping your baby sleep:
Babies may not be able to establish their own sleeping and waking patterns, especially in going to sleep. You can help your baby sleep by recognizing signs of sleep readiness, teaching him/her to fall asleep on his/her own, and providing the right environment for comfortable and safe sleep.
What are the signs of sleep readiness?
Your baby may show signs of being ready for sleep when you see the following signs:
rubbing eyes
yawning
looking away
fussing
Although it is surprising, not all babies know how to put themselves to sleep. When it is time for bed, many parents want to rock or breastfeed a baby to help him/her fall asleep. Establishing a routine like this at bedtime is a good idea. However, be sure that the baby does not fall asleep in your arms. This may become a pattern and the baby may begin to expect to be in your arms in order to fall asleep. When the baby briefly awakens during a sleep cycle, he/she may not be able to go back to sleep on his own.
Most experts recommend allowing a baby to become sleepy in your arms, then placing him/her in the bed while still awake. This way the baby learns how to go to sleep on his own. Playing soft music while your baby is getting sleepy is also a good way to help establish a bedtime routine.
For many years in the United States, babies have been put to bed on their stomachs. In most other countries, babies sleep on their backs. Research has found a link between sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and babies who sleep on their stomachs (in the prone position).

Experts now agree that putting a baby to sleep on his/her back is the safest position. Side-sleeping may also be used, but this also has a higher risk than back sleeping. Other reports have found soft surfaces, loose bedding, and overheating with too many blankets also increase the risk for SIDS. When infants are put to sleep on their stomachs and they also sleep on soft bedding, the risk for SIDS is even higher. Smoking by the mother is also a major risk for SIDS, as are poor prenatal care and prematurely. Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made the “back-to-sleep” recommendation in 1992, the SIDS rate has dropped more than 40 percent.

Back sleeping also appears to be safer for other reasons. There is no evidence that babies are more likely to vomit or spit up while sleeping on their back. In fact, choking may be more likely in the prone position.

A task force of The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), offer the following recommendations for infant bedding:

Place your baby on his/her back on a firm, tight-fitting mattress in a crib that meets current safety standards.
Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, stuffed toys, and other soft products from the crib.
Consider using a sleeper as an alternative to blankets with no other covering.
If using a blanket, put your baby with his/her feet at the foot of the crib. Tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress, only as far as the baby’s chest.
Make sure your baby’s head remains uncovered during sleep.
Do not place your baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow, or other soft surface to sleep.
According to the task force report, bed sharing or co-sleeping may be hazardous for babies in certain conditions.

The report advises the following:

Parents should consider placing the infant’s crib near their bed for more convenient breastfeeding and parent contact.
If a mother chooses to have her infant sleep in her bed to breastfeed, care should be taken that the baby sleeps in a non-prone position, soft surfaces or loose covers are avoided, and the bed is moved away from the wall and other furniture to avoid the baby becoming entrapped between them.

Adults other than the parents, children, or other siblings should not share a bed with an infant.

Parents who choose to bed share with their infant should not smoke or use substances such as drugs or alcohol that may impair their ability to awaken.

To prevent overheating, the report recommends that the infant should be lightly clothed for sleep and the room temperature kept comfortable for a lightly clothed adult. Avoid over bundling and check the baby’s skin to make sure it is not hot to the touch.
Additional research has found that infants should not be put to sleep on a sofa, alone or with another person, as this practice increases the risk for SIDS.

While babies should sleep on their backs, other positions can be used during the time babies are awake. Babies can be placed on their stomachs while awake to help develop muscles and eyes and to help prevent flattened areas on the back of the head.

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NEWBORN BABY SLEEP PATTERN CHART
AGE Approx. Amount of sleep needed:
Newborn 16 to 20 hours per day
3 weeks 16 to 18 hours per day
6 weeks 15 to 16 hours per day
4 months 9 to 12 hours plus two naps (2 to 3 hours each)
6 months 11 hours plus two naps (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours each)
9 months 11 to 12 hours plus two naps (1 to 2 hours each)
1 year 10 to 11 hours plus two naps (1 to 2 hours each)
18 months 13 hours plus one or two naps (1 to 2 hours each)
2 years 11 to 12 hours plus one nap (2 hours)
3 years 10 to 11 hours plus one nap (2 hours)
4 to 5 years 10 to 12 hours. Usually no nap.

• Your newborn baby will sleep as much as his body needs. Newborns can drop off to sleep in any situation. Since babies are not born with the ability to distinguish night and day, this is something you can teach your new baby.

* While you can’t get a newborn to sleep if he doesn’t need to, you can make a sleepy baby more comfortable. At bedtime, be sure the baby has burped, and has on a dry diaper.

* Put the baby in his crib on his back or side when he begins to doze during the day. Get him up when he is awake. If he is always put into his crib when he is sleepy, he will soon learn that the crib is the place for sleep.

* Help the baby learn the difference between night and day by picking him up and playing when he a

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