4 Simple Tips to avoid Over Stimulating Your Baby during Night-time Feeds
Tips to avoid Over-Stimulating Your Baby during Night-time Feeds
As your newborn baby grows, it is slowly acclimating to sleeping at night and being awake during the day. Also, as the baby’s stomach is growing and holding more breast milk or formula, it will be able to go for more extended periods between feedings at night.
At approximately three months of age, your baby will likely sleep about 15 hours out of each 24 hours, and two-thirds of that sleep will take place during the night. Most babies will have settled into a daily sleep routine of two or three sleep periods during the day, followed by “sleeping through the night” for 6 to 7 hours after a late-night feeding.
So, You can help adjust your baby’s body clock toward sleeping better at night by:
Avoid over-stimulation during nighttime feedings and diaper changes.
Keep it Soft
The act of breastfeeding itself provides many eye and voice contacts, so try to keep the lights low and resist the urge to play or talk with your baby.
This will reinforce the message that nighttime is for sleeping.
Keep it Down
Holding the door closed to keep out well-meaning, but vocal older children, spouses, and pets will also keep reducing stimulating your infant. Avoid the use of musical mobiles or toys as a way to lull your infant back to sleep after night-time feedings. This will also help to reinforce that nighttime is for sleeping.
Follow the baby’s Cues
As with adults, overly tired infants often have more trouble sleeping than those who’ve had an appropriate amount of sleep during the day. So, follow the signs that your baby is tired. Please do not try to keep your baby up thinking that will aid them to sleep better at night. Chances are it may not work.
You may find that when your infant sleeps at regular intervals during the day, it will be much easier to put them back down to sleep after night-time feedings.