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Baby sleep

In the first weeks, the infant sleeps an average of 17 to 18 hours a day. This sleep is essential because it allows him to perfect his cerebral maturation and develop his body. It is during sleep that the body produces the growth hormone optimally; it is also during these first weeks that the internal clock is put in place.

Never wake him up

The first 3 months, it is hunger that will awaken the infant every 3 hours or 3 hours 30. It will naturally sleep after feeding or feeding. At first, you may have trouble setting meal times.

However, if he sleeps, do not wake him, even to make him eat or change him. On the one hand he hates that, on the other hand it would hurt the setting up of his sleep pattern.

The rule: to respect this rhythm and adapt to it, putting the baby to bed as soon as he shows signs of fatigue (yawning, closing eyelids) and wait for him to wake up on his own to feed him.

The nights

Some infants "make" their night in the first few weeks, others need a few months.

Still, up to a month, the infant does not distinguish between day and night, so it is quite normal that he wakes up at night:

  • because he is hungry (with a weight of less than 5 kilos, his energy reserves are not yet sufficient for him to "hold" 7 or 8 hours) or simply
  • because he does not want to sleep anymore. His night crying is by no means a whim.

In general, the bottle of the night disappears naturally around 2 months.

From 4 months, the baby sleeps 8 to 9 hours at night and wakes up pretty early in the morning. The morning and the afternoon are interrupted by three sleep pauses. It is during this period that the child acquires a good rhythm of sleep; in this we can help, leaving the shutters open the day to distinguish the day and the night, and by adopting a regular schedule for the various activities that punctuate his day: meal, walk, bath.

From 6 months, the baby will sleep an average of 15 hours a day; until 4 years old he will need 12 to 14 hours of sleep. The morning nap will disappear around 15-18 months.

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Read also :

> Baby colic
> The false route of the infant
> My baby sleeps badly

To learn more about baby sleep:

Infographics on sleep of newborns presented by the Baby Dodo Blog.

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