As most pregnant women can testify, unborn babies love to sleep during the day when you are up and moving around and they are awake in your belly when you have decided to rest. Unfortunately, this behavior doesn’t change after they are born.
This is the time when your baby needs all of your attention (and probably your family’s too). It is very important that you sleep when your baby sleeps. Otherwise, you will be overtired and sleep deprived which might affect your health, moods and cause postnatal depression. In addition, your memory might be affected and that can be dangerous to you and your child.
Newborns might not sleep long periods at the time. Try to show them the difference between day and night, otherwise they might sleep a lot during day and stay awake most of the night. During day time, go for walks and breath fresh air, be more active and your baby will learn to stay up longer day time. Newborns should sleep around 15 to 17 hours from 24 hours. They cannot stay awake more then an hour in a row. Overtired child finds it difficult to fall asleep.
If your baby isn’t sleeping well during day or night and you are tired – ask for help. Do not be proud. You need your health for breastfeeding and recovering from giving birth. You have managed to do something wonderful – be kind to yourself!
REMEMBER: NEWBORN BABIES MAKE THEIR OWN SCHEDULES