When your baby finally got out of your womb, there are lots of adjustments he makes. Some of these are his feeding routine, the temperature outside, the texture of his clothing, and most especially his sleeping patterns. The adjustment does not come on one-side, but in a two-way process. When it comes to his sleeping, it really looks odd to us.
Hence, we ask: can a baby really sleep too much? Yes, your baby can sleep too much and more beyond the average time. It is even normal for some newborns to sleep for approximately 14 to 18 a hours a day. Some say this is because your baby feels that they are still inside the womb with lesser activities. But what is certain is that your baby needs these tons of sleep for his full growth.
Is It Normal For A Baby To Sleep All Day?
According to a book of Dr. Karp entitled, “The Happiest Baby on the Block”, it is believed that a baby needs another trimester in the womb after nine months. True enough, some babies tend to grow a little bit overboard. Since giving birth to a big baby is hard on the mother’s part, babies get out a little bit earlier.
Given this case, a baby still has two to three months of feeling like he is inside the mother’s womb. Hence, there are times that he acts like he really is! One observation is his oversleeping which typically goes for 14 to 18 hours a day.
So, can we claim that it is normal for a baby to sleep all day? Literally speaking, it is not. Your baby still needs feeding and pampering in between. If you have observed that your baby tends to sleep the entire day, you should consult your pediatrician immediately.
Figuratively speaking, with the little amount of time dedicated for pampering and feeding, it is relatively normal that your baby sleeps all day long.
How Much Should Babies Be Sleeping?
As your baby grows, there should also be an observed decrease in the time he dedicates for sleeping and napping. However, note that for some babies, the decrease might be gradual. To help you track your baby’s sleep development, we have provided you with a list below:
When Does Too Much Sleep Becomes A Concern?
There are instances that your baby seems to be sleeping longer than usual. One reason could be the growth spurt; another could be teething. As this two become so common and normal, there is no need for you to worry. However, there are instances that it could be another reason. This is when your baby might have an illness that causes sleeping more than usual. Your baby sleeps a little longer as he needs extra sleep to fight this. This can also be observed when he looks lethargic. For you to be sure of what your baby is experiencing, consult your doctor immediately.
How Can I Help My Baby With His Sleeping Routine?
Sleeping is vital in your baby’s growth. At the same time, it does not only keep him grow healthy but also gives you peace of mind. Therefore, it is very important that you promote a regular sleeping routine for your baby. Here are the things that you should practice for a successful sleeping schedule for him:
How Do I Wake Him Up From A Good Sleep?
No one wants to be woken up from a night of sleep, especially when it is a good one. To help you wake up your baby as smooth as you can, here are the tips: