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Certainly one of the most popular topics among parents of infants, but also infants: sleeping. The understandable desire of the mostly chronically fatigued parents: The children should do it for at least 8 hours and best "in one go". In the first few months of the baby is still a dream that most of her parents can not meet. Later, however, a lot can be done to help the babies sleep.
At the beginning there is still sleep chaos
Said away from the front: that babies sleep through from the beginning up to 12 hours, occurs. But it is the exception and should not serve parents for guidance. And above all, they should not be frustrated if their own child is not in a hurry. For in the first few months of life babies naturally never sleep longer than 2 to 4 hours at a time. There are several reasons for this:
For one thing, the babies have still no stable day-night-rhythm developed; this does not occur until the fourth and fifth month. So you can not know when it is night and you need to sleep. On the other hand, it torments, due to their high energy requirements and the still very small stomach, every two to four hours of hunger. Infants who are breastfed often drink at 2-hour intervals in the beginning. This is due to the good digestibility of breast milk; they just go hungry faster.
Sleep requirements and sleeping patterns of babies
Overall, a baby needs about the first two months 16-18 hours sleep. By the end of the first year of life, the range gradually decreases to 12 to 14 hours. In which sleep rhythm these hours "fall asleep" and especially how long in a row, of course, varies from baby to baby.
It is not until the end of the first year of life that the sleeping rhythm has risen three preferred times settled, namely the night, the late morning and the afternoon. In the best case, then the night's sleep is restored and even a nap for the caring parent in it.
And anyway: What does sleep through? In fact, this only means a sleep phase from midnight to about 5 o'clock in the morning. That can be 80 percent of babies at 6 months.