The new mother needs to ensure that the baby is getting enough sleep
Brawling babies wake their sleeping parents up every night leaving them groggy for the entire day.-nbsp; The reason behind this is either they are not getting enough sleep or they are sleeping too much.
Hours of sleep required
A lot of new mothers are confused about how much the infant should sleep during the day and the night. Dr Prakash Vaidya, Consultant Pediatrician at Fortis Hospital informs -ldquo;Most babies do not know that they are supposed to sleep mostly at night, and tend to be rather individual in the number of hours they sleep; many perfectly normal babies tend to sleep mostly during day time and are wide awake at night. I would say if your baby is growing well, and happy during his/her waking hours, then the baby is getting enough sleep.-rdquo;
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A newborn child needs a lot of sleep. As an infant the baby needs to sleep for almost 16 hours a day which decreases as the child grows. They tend to wake up in a gap of three to four hours, breastfeed and then sleep again.-nbsp; But every mother wants to set a routine for the child. Is it possible? -ldquo;The mother cannot and should not follow a specific routine. Rather she should allow the routine to be set as per the baby's individual needs-rdquo; says Dr Vaidya.
Dr. JP Sen Mazumdar, Sr.Consultant, Department of Pediatrics -amp; Neonatology, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences,Delhi/NCR adds -ldquo;Every baby has its own sleeping pattern. There are no fixed hours as such, if a baby is sleeping during the day time then the baby would be all night awake and vice versa. There cannot be any routine imposed on infants not atleast before 6 to 9 months. For the first 15 -20 days just after the birth of the child, the mother should keep waking up the baby after every two hours and should feed him. After 15-20 days the baby can be fed once he demands or else after 5-6 hours of sleep.-rdquo;
Feeding and sleeping
If the baby is sleeping for a long time the mothers tend to get worried and wake up the infant to breastfeed. Dr Vaidya suggests -ldquo;By and large, the mother should not disturb the baby and wake him up for feed as per any schedule. Some babies get up every two or three hours for a feed, but there are babies who sleep even for 5 to 6 hours at a stretch. This is perfectly fine as every baby has his/her own individual need and pattern. But of course if the baby is preterm and/or-nbsp; less than 2 kg in weight, that baby will probably need to be fed as per a set routine every 2 hours or so as there is a risk of low blood sugar if these babies are not fed at regular intervals.-rdquo; To the same Dr Majumdar adds -ldquo;There cannot be any routine imposed on an infant atleast below one year of age. After the age of one, 6- 8 hours of sleep is sufficient for the child. However after 9 months, the mother can begin to fix a time for bath, sleep, and feed in order to fix up a routine.-rdquo;
Should a routine be imposed?
Once the baby is three months old, he/she gets into a routine but as a newborn the child needs to sleep as much as he/she wants and should be allowed to do so. Dr Vaidya adds -ldquo;the mother should not attempt to impose any routine on her baby as that would really be detrimental and unjust to the baby. Rather she should set a routine depending on her baby-rsquo;s individual needs-rdquo;.
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