All the basics – so that baby and you can get some rest.
By KATHERINE FINN DAVIS, PHD, RN, CPNP
Rest easy. Here's everything you need to know.
New parents often worry about their baby’s sleep: Is he sleeping too much or not enough? Is he in the right position? Where should he sleep? Don’t let these questions keep you up at night— the answers are easy once you know the basics.
A newborn’s circadian rhythm, or internal clock that tells the body when to sleep, is not well developed at birth. As a result, he can sleep as easily during the day as he does at night. A normal, full-term newborn sleeps about 14 to 18 hours a day but rarely for more than a few hours at a time. And when he does sleep, he may twitch, smile, frown, make sucking movements or breathe irregularly. A lot of parents think that their baby isn’t sleeping well as a result, but this is totally natural.