Why Never Wake A Sleeping Baby – Baby Sleep Myths
A new mother receives tons of advicedaily. Probably many of them are myths. One such thing is “Never wake a sleeping baby”.
Of course, nobody likes waking a sleep baby. It is only when your baby sleeps; you can have a good sleep, rest better, and get active to take care of your baby. And no one wishes to miss that wonderful time. But you can wake your baby for the following reasons. There is no harm in it.
4 Reasons to Wake a Sleeping Baby
There is nothing cuter than seeing your little one sleeping peacefully. But wake her for feeding, to reduce the daytime naps, and to change the day/night confusion. The following are the reasons to wake a sleeping baby.
Change the day-night confusion
When Naps Interfere with the Bedtime
A newborn feeding, Credits: pixabay
If you have a very little one and feel that she is sleeping for a long time and wants to wake her up for feeding. You can! Newborns need to eat every two to three hours to gain weight. If you feel that your breastfeeding baby is eating 8 to 12 times a day and a bottle-feeding baby is eating 5 to 8 times a day, then there is no need to wake her up to feed.
If you feel that your newborn is sleeping in an uncomfortable position, in a sleeper, you must wake him. The wake and sleep method is a step to help your little one self-soothe and help him wake up in the middle of the night if he has a hiccup.
Change the Day-Night Confusion
Newborns have day/night confusion. If you have a baby who has crossed three months, it is better to limit daytime nap. Probably by this time they have developed a circadian rhythm and start producing sleep hormone called melatonin. You can keep them active in the day with bright lights switched on and creating background noise. Make the night times dark, dull, and quiet.
When Naps Interfere With the Bedtime
A little boy sleeping, Credits: pxfuel
When your child naps all day and does not sleep during the night, it is difficult to manage. If your child is post five months, it is good to limit the nap time to not more than two hours and aim to have about 4 hours or less in total naps throughout the day. If you plan this way, she can sleep for 10-12 hours during the night.
You can follow this sleep schedule chart.
AgeThe Average total amount of sleepAverage numbers of daytime naps
The Average amount of daytime sleep
0-2 months15-16+ hours3-5 naps7-8 hours
3-5 months14-16 hours3-4 naps4-6 hours6-8 months14 hours2-3 naps
3-4 hours9-12 months14 hours2 naps
Note: A healthy baby should be placed to sleep on the back. This prevents the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
How to Wake a Newborn?
Mother trying to wake a sleeping baby, Credits: pxfuel
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests the followingmethods to wake a newborn.
Talking, singing, and gentle stimulation
Going through the motions of diapering
Some of the other ways to gently wake a sleeping baby includes
Gently massage your baby’s back
Turn on music through your monitor or white noise machine
Gently speak through the monitor