Just when will your newborn sleep through the night?
If there’s one thing newborn babies do a lot of, it’s sleep. Most babies sleep an average of sixteen or more hours a day, but for those first few months they generally sleep for just a couple hours before waking again. Of course, there’s good reason for their frequent wakings, explains Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No Cry Sleep Solution. “Newborn babies have very different sleep needs than older babies and their frequent waking is a biological necessity because their tiny bodies need nourishment every few hours. So even though your baby requires frequent night feedings don’t automatically assume that every time your baby makes a sound a feeding is necessary. Babies make sleeping sounds such as grunts, wimpers, even cries and these noises don’t always mean your baby is awake or needs to be fed. They might be sleeping noises and your baby is totally asleep during these episodes.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No Cry Sleep Solution. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.