You’re my waking thought, my sweet dream, and everything in between. ~Perry
Safe Sleep Guidelines
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following for infant sleep safety and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction:
- Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet
- Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and toys. The crib should be bare.
- Share a bedroom with parents, but not with the same sleeping surface for at least 6 months. Room sharing decreases SIDS by as much as 50%.
- Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.
- Breastfeeding decreases SIDs risks and skin-to-skin is recommended, regardless of how baby is fed.
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
- Do not use home monitors or commercial devices, including wedges or positioner, marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Infant should receive all recommended vaccinations.
- Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development.
Average sleep in the 1st year
- 0-3 months– 17 hours a day. No pattern. The 1st 6-8 weeks are the hardest. Skin-to-skin contact will help your baby feel calm and safe.
- By 3 months – 5-6 naps a day and 15-17 hours of sleep total. A pattern of sleep and wake time starts.
- 3-6 months –3-4 naps a day, and longer stretches of sleep at night, about 15 hours total…YAY! Try to get on a schedule.
- 6-9 months – About 3 naps, with the longest at lunchtime. 14-15 hours total sleep. Help baby become a good sleeper by keeping a bedtime routine.
- 9 months – Expect about 3 hours of napping and 14 hours a day total. Babies can be on a good schedule now and will sleep at regular times.
- 9-12 months – Most babies still take 2 naps, expect about 14 total hours. Avoid late afternoon sleep.
- By 12 months – Many babies switch to one nap around 2.5 hours and sleep about 13 hours total.
Signs baby is sleepy
Fussy, rubbing ear, red eyes, crying, arching or jerking, blank stares.
Tips from sleep experts
Keeping baby up later doesn’t help them sleep longer. Most babies are ready to go to bed between 6:30-7:30 pm. A simple routine is very important for good sleep habits.
Sleep when Baby Sleeps
Take all the naps you can, when you can. This is time tested and proven to help.
Beware of the Risks of Comparing
All babies are different. Avoid the urge to compare or let others compare.
You Don’t Have to Be a Super Hero
You don’t have to do EVERYTHING. People want to help, but don’t always know what you need.
Idea: Ask visitors to bring a meal or help with a chore when coming to see baby.
Find the Humor
Laughter is the best medicine, even when you’re tired. Imagine you are in a sitcom.
Working in a Workout
Workouts don’t have to be long and you can even include baby. Fresh air is good for you and baby.
Take a Break
Take time for yourself. Even if it’s just a trip to the store ALONE.
If you don’t feel like you anymore, tell your doctor or pediatrician.
1 in 7 women suffer from pregnancy-related depression and anxiety. You are not to alone. You are not to blame. There is help.
The first year can feel hard and exhausting at times but just remember…You don’t have to do it alone and it will all be worth it.