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Learn About Your Newborn's Sleep
sleep in bursts, not just once through the night
spend more of their sleeping time in active sleep
Since they sleep for shorter amounts of time and separately throughout the day, their sleep cycles are also a lot shorter than adults. Therefore, they switch back and forth from light (active) sleep to deep sleep often. During their light sleep, they spend more time kicking and squirming in bed, and in deep sleep they appear much calmer and relaxed.
babies sleep later in the morning when you give them an earlier bedtime
Although newborns have sleeping patterns which differ greatly from adults and tend to wake up very early in the morning, putting your baby to sleep late at night will not make them wake up earlier, just be overtired in the in the morning. When newborns are overtired, it will be difficult for them to fall asleep the following evening. If you put them to sleep earlier, they are more likely to stay asleep longer in the morning, and won’t be as tired out.
newborns don’t need it to be quiet to sleep
During your baby’s 9-month stay inside the uterus, it wasn't exactly calm. There is a lot of noise between the mother’s heartbeat, all of the organs, and other excess noise. Since they are used to it, it’s actually easier for them to sleep with some sort of repetitive noise, such as a fan.