Let’s face it, worry about your baby’s sleep keeps you up more than you’d like to admit. MH provides you with handy tips in this how-to guide.
WORDS REBECCA WONG
After six months of age, night feedings are not physiologically necessary and do not improve the quality or quantity of sleep, explains Dr Tang. Instead, they may lead to conditioned hunger, increased wetting and more sleep disturbances.
Frowning, eye rubbing, yawning, crying, or a general listlessness are all tell-tale gestures that your little one needs some shut eye. As you get used to these cues, you’ll know when to tuck her in so she knocks out faster.
There’s no definitive number, but the general rule is that newborns get between 16 and 17 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period, parenting expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith writes in The Gentle Sleep Book. By about three months, a circadian rhythm develops, and average sleep is around 14 hours per day, with 75 per cent occurring at night.
Be prepared for illnesses which could temporarily compromise your baby’s sleep, such as a cough, colds, bronchiolitis or heat rash. The Singapore Health Promotion Board also recommends immunisation to protect your baby against infections.
The key to choosing appropriate sleepwear is coolness and comfortability. Heather Turgeon, psychotherapist and author of The Happy Sleeper, recommends one-piece PJs that allow for free-range movement, with the argument that babies are more inclined to sleep through the night when choosing their own body position.