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5 facts about baby sleep

5 facts about baby sleep

A baby sleeps at a completely different rhythm than adults. The first few months in particular can be a real challenge for parents. How much and how long a baby sleeps is different for every baby. But they all have one thing in common: they sleep a lot and don't yet know our sleep-wake rhythm. They have to learn it first.

There are endless tips and guides on the subject of baby sleep. Every newborn has their own sleeping habits. This is completely normal because every person is different. There are children who simply fall asleep. Others need their time or sometimes don't want to go to bed at all. Of course, it is important that babies get enough sleep. This allows them to develop healthily and discover the world full of energy. 

 

A baby's sleep rhythm

In the first few days and weeks, an infant appears to sleep almost all day. A newborn actually sleeps on average up to 18 hours in the first two months. During the day, small babies don't sleep for more than 2-4 hours at a time. At night your baby sleeps for up to 6 hours at a time, but of course that varies greatly. Unlike us adults, your baby does not yet have deep sleep phases. It sleeps a light sleep, the so-called REM sleep. This makes it easy for him to wake up when his basic needs arise. This light sleep is completely normal and ensures the survival of newborns. When he wakes up at night, he wants to be breastfed, changed or held. 

In addition, your child does not yet know the difference between day and night. It learns and develops in the first few months. Your child will gradually learn to differentiate between day and night. In the first 4 to 6 months, sleep phases become longer. By six months, most babies wake up once in the night because they are hungry. However, the infant's internal clock slowly adapts to that of its parents. Even at six months old, your baby may sleep up to 11 hours at night. 

In the second year of life, a child needs about 13 hours of sleep. Many people use part of this time for a nap, but here too, behavior is different for every child. The older children get, the less sleep they need. 

You can help your baby learn to fall asleep. With routines you get your baby used to a recurring rhythm.

 

Rituals and habits

Babies don't automatically get tired when it gets dark. You need set routines to get used to bedtime. You will find out which ritual works best for you. In the first months of life, feeding or bathing in the evening often helps. Brushing your teeth and putting on your pajamas can also be regular routines. If possible, put your child to bed awake and always at the same time. Bedtime songs and bedtime stories are also a popular evening ritual. Spending time together in bed creates memories for a lifetime and gives the child a feeling of closeness and security. 

We all sleep best when we feel safe and cared for. 
 

Co-sleeping

Co-sleeping is common in many cultures. During the first year, the baby sleeps in the parents' bedroom, but ideally in its own bed. Especially when a child gets tired, they seek closeness to their caregivers. Babies sleep more peacefully thanks to the parents' breathing sounds. Physical proximity to mom and dad provides security and strengthens the child's basic trust. 

 

The right sleeping environment

A comfortable and safe sleeping environment is important for a restful sleep. The bedroom should always be well ventilated and somewhat darkened. A diaper, underwear and matching pajamas are sufficient clothing for the night. Plus a matching sleeping bag, depending on the season. Just like proper clothing, a sleeping bag should fit well for a safe night's sleep. It's best to put your baby on his back to sleep so he can breathe easily. There should be as little as possible next to the baby in the crib itself. Pillows, blankets or stuffed animals can restrict space and breathing. 

 

Get a peaceful night's sleep with the spring cradle

Some babies need a lot of attention when falling asleep. From the time of pregnancy you know the feeling of slight movement from the mother's stomach. This has a calming effect on some people and helps them fall asleep independently. 

A spring cradle can be of great help here. Many of us know the sleepless nights where we rock our child and bounce up and down. Our hammocks are a great alternative. They help you to have peaceful nights in the certainty that your baby will sleep absolutely safe and protected. 

The quiet, self-learning motor gently rocks your child up and down. It can be operated with one hand and relieves you of having to constantly carry your child.

We pay attention to fair production, 100% organic quality and intuitive operation. We know from our own experience that a child who has difficulty settling down can fall asleep more quickly with a spring cradle. They are a great help for new parents and a great and meaningful gift for your baby. 

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