Posted by: rosec2 | November 12, 2010

Sleeping Time for Baby

Sleeping time is one of the most important aspect of caring for your baby. The way you put your baby to sleep can also be questioned sometimes.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), healthy infants should be placed on their backs to sleep.  Some mothers are known to place their babies on their tommy for sleep but this can be problematic when a baby is having problems with breathing. Newborns can not roll over or move themselves to a position to breathe better when they are obstructed and this can be fatal.  Sudden Infant Death (SID) is a common condition that often result in babies being place on their stomach to sleep. New moms can prevent this from happening to them by following the guidelines and placing their newborns and infants to bed on their backs.

Newborns spend most of their time sleeping and don;t know the difference between day and night. On an average, a newborn spend about 16 hours or more sleeping within a 24 hour period. Often new parents get exhausted from waking up so many times in the night to attend to a new baby and often don’t get enough sleep due to this.  Babies feed on a regular basis at least every couple of hours and due to their tiny stomach, they often don’t get enough food to last them for a long stretch of hours.

Hang-in there new moms, this doesn’t last forever, as they grow they learn the difference between day and night and before you know it, they are sleeping through the night.


  1. I remember countless nights in high school when my youngest brother would keep me up with his crying. I thought my sleep was affected, I can’t imagine how it was for my mother. I had a new appreciation for my mom after seeing what she had to go through. She never complained and I can’t express how much I admire her for that. Here’s a shout out to all the wonderful moms out there!

  2. It is so interesting that the recommendations for how to place your sleeping baby keep changing. SIDS is so scary!

  3. A lot of my cousins and friends recently have had babies. Through their facebook posts they expressed their frustration for a lack of sleep. Also, I think more women need to be educated about how a baby should be laid down to sleep. Too many unnecessary deaths happen simply because of the way a baby fell asleep. It is tragic and shouldn’t happen as much as it does.

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