Have you ever been in such a situation? Babies are awakened easily during sleep. Many things can wake them up, like the New Year's bell, a sudden hit, etc. If you want to figure out this problem, you should know how long should a newborn be awake during the day at first. Parents always want their babies to have fast asleep and can have a longer, restful sleep. A baby sleeps well, and his parents also can get a good rest.
Next, we can discuss this issue from two aspects: why and how.
1. The three stages of sleep
People always alternate between deep sleep and light sleep. And so do babies.
- Stage One: Deep Sleep
Different from adults, babies can fall into a deep sleep almost at once after they fall asleep. And this stage may last for about three hours. If parents pay more attention to it, they should find that babies rarely have sleep problems in the first half of the night. This is because they are in the deep sleep stage. Babies sleep deeply and well.
- Stage Two: Light Sleep
During this stage, babies are the most sensitive to external disturbances and are the most likely to be wakened up. It is also the longest stage of the whole sleep process, which is concentrated in the second half of the night. At this stage, if a baby is awakened and finds the sleep environment is not the same as before, he will be likely to have difficulty falling asleep again. Because he needs time to get used to the new environment.
- Stage Three: Deep Sleep
Before finishing a nap or a sleep, your baby will enter the deep sleep stage again. This stage usually maintains a duration of about two hours. And when the stage is over, your baby will wake up completely.
2. Why do babies wake up at night?
There are many reasons why a baby is susceptible and insecure. The below lists some main parts.
2.1 sudden loud noises
Even adults can be badly frightened by the sudden noise, particularly babies, as a new member of a new world. Everything around them is fresh, unfamiliar. Babies get really insecure. The sudden loud noises, like New Year’s bell, can wake them up. I met this before.
2.2 sudden movements
In order to take care of the baby more conveniently, some parents may choose to let their baby sleep in the same bed. This is not recommended. It has some potential dangers. On the one hand, parents and babies are both easier to wake up to. The sudden movements can keep people awake. On the other hand, babies can be crushed by their parents. It is dangerous. So experts will suggest babies sleep in the same room but in different beds with their parents. Parents can set a baby crib next to their bed. They can take care of babies more conveniently at any time. At the same time, it ensures security.
2.3 sudden light
People can wake naturally in the morning because everyone has a body clock. Besides, the natural light lifts them from a deep sleep. The light gives a clue to the brain that it is time to wake up. So when the baby is hit by a sudden light, he/she is easily awakened.
2.4 sleep too much during the day
The amount of sleep a baby needs is better be fixed. Lessor or excessive sleeping both are bad for health. If a baby sleeps too much in the day or has a too-long nap. He/she may don’t want to sleep or will wake up often at night.
2.5 changed sleep environment
The sleep environment refers to the external environment. If the environment is changed after the baby falls asleep. The baby will feel strange when he awakes suddenly during the night.
For example, many parents like to hold their babies in their arms until they fall asleep. And then they will put their babies to bed. In the beginning, the baby notices that his sleep environment is in the mother's arms. But if he wakes up in the middle of the night, he will find that the sleep environment has changed. It is challenging for him to fall asleep again. At this time, mothers need to pick up their babies again and give them the same sleeping environment and conditions as previous. Then babies can fall asleep again. This is why I recommend that parents put their babies in their cribs when they are sleepy. So that even if babies wake up in a night of light sleep, they can fall asleep again soon.
3. How to fix it?
The solutions need to be found from the reasons. The easiest way is to give the baby a pat. A gentle tap on the back provides a baby with relief. What else?
3.1 buy a newborn sleep sack
As the above said, newborns need a sense of security. They like to be hugged, swaddled, and snugged. They can find a familiar, safe feeling from a sleep sack. Besides, a warm sleep sack also can cozy up babies on cold winter days. At the same time, some sleep sacks have an ergonomic design with an anti-startle reaction. After wearing it, every baby can have a sweet dream. Parents can take a good rest at night, too.
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Parents always pay attention to what their babies eat and what their babies wear. The most essential and basic need of a qualified sleep sack is that it needs to be natural and healthy. Because the physical and psychological of babies both are sensitive and fragile.
This newborn sleep sack is made of a single-layer of organic cotton. It is lightweight and can prevent babies from overheating. Babies won’t feel any pressure.
The Moro reflex usually occurs in newborns. When a newborn is scared by some sudden loud sounds and movements, he will have the Moro reflex. The design of this newborn sleep sack can help anti Moro reflex.
help babies sleep in a good sleep position:
After wearing this sleep sack, your newborn will sleep on his back with his arms up. And this is a good sleep position that can help keep your baby safe and comfortable.
We have added a new element to this new sleep sack, the mesh cotton design. Our designer considered that babies are easier to sweat and have rashes in summer. So she designed to add mesh cotton to help babies to let the heat out and help them feel more relaxed on hot days.
This bamboo sleeveless sleep sack has some similar and different characteristics as the above newborn sleep sack.
natural, safe fabric:
This sleeveless sleep sack is made of bamboo fiber. Bamboo fiber is a light, soft, breathable fabric that is suitable for babies to wear. It also can help prevent babies from allergies and rashes.
wide range of sizes:
This sleep sack contains a wide range of sizes. Babies from newborns to toddlers at the age of 0 months to 3T all can wear it.
The sleeveless design has two advantages. On the one hand, it can prevent your baby from overheating. On the other hand, it is convenient for your baby to soothe himself.
match with a swaddle wrap band:
Newborns can use this sleeveless sleep sack with a swaddle wrap band. It can offer your baby a sense of security. The safety feeling helps babies to have a better, longer sleep.
perfect to wear all year round
This is a 1.0 TOG sleep sack which is perfect for babies to wear all year round.
3.2 set a sleep schedule
Another way is to try to establish a more consistent daily and night sleep schedule for your baby. Once it is established, you just need to keep it every day. But it doesn't have to be too strict. It can be flexible. Mothers can adjust the schedule accordingly and try to follow their baby’s natural rhythms as much as possible.
3.3 create a good sleep environment
A baby not just has sensitive skin. He/she is sensitive to the influences of the external environment, including the sounds, lights, and movements. Creating a restful, comfortable sleep environment can help the baby sleep better.
Parents can control the temperature, light, and air quality in the bedroom to help your little one to have a perfect sleep environment. Everyone shouldn’t smoke in this room. Second-hand smoke can easily cause dangers. The room temperature cannot be too high or too low. Both can make a baby catch a cold. Light in the night reduces human melatonin levels, which can cause sleeplessness. Turn off the light when it’s time to sleep.