Certainly one of the most popular topics among parents of infants, but also infants: sleeping. The understandable wish of the mostly chronically fatigued parents: The children should do it at least 8 hours and best "at the same time". In the first few months of the baby is still a dream that most of her parents can not meet. Later, however, a lot can be done to help the babies sleep.
At the beginning there is still sleep chaos
Said away from the front: that babies sleep from the beginning up to 12 hours, occurs. But it is the exception and should not serve parents for guidance. And above all, they should not be frustrated if their own child is not in a hurry. Because in the first few months of life infants naturally never sleep longer than 2 to 4 hours at a time. There are several reasons for this:
For one thing, babies have not developed a stable day-night rhythm; this will only be introduced during the fourth and fifth months. So you can not know when it is night and you need to sleep. On the other hand, because of her high energy requirements and the still very small stomach, she is hungry every two to four hours. Infants who are breastfed often drink at 2-hour intervals in the beginning. This is due to the good digestibility of breast milk; they just go hungry faster.
Sleep requirements and sleeping patterns of babies
Overall, a baby needs about 16-18 hours of sleep in the first two months. By the end of the first year of life, the range gradually decreases to 12 to 14 hours. In which sleep rhythm these hours "fall asleep" and especially how long in a row, of course, varies from baby to baby.
Only at the end of the first year of life did the sleep rhythm settle at three preferred times, namely the night, the late morning and the afternoon. In the best case, the night's sleep is restored and even a nap for the caring parent in it.
And anyway: What does sleep through? In fact, this only means a sleep phase from midnight to about 5 o'clock in the morning. That can be 80 percent of babies with 6 months.