Newborn babies sleep for most part of the day-at least 18 hours in a day-for the first few weeks after birth. The duration of the baby’s sleep will not, however, exceed three to four hours at a stretch. Unfortunately, sleepless nights while pacifying your newborn are inevitable. Newborn babies sleep most hours of the day and are still cranky and drowsy for the remaining hours. It is because newborns have REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is light and can therefore, wake them up easily. [Read: How much Sleep does a Baby need?]
Once your baby turns two months old, he will stop sleeping during daylight and have deep and non-REM sleep for longer periods at night. Your baby will interrupt your sleep at least once at night for his feed or diaper change. If you wish to have a comfortable and uninterrupted sleep at night for your baby and yourself, aim to inculcate good sleeping habits in your newborn from the beginning.[Read: Why do Babies Cry at Night?]
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