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Sleep and the circadian rhythm

A father helping his baby to fall asleep using the ‘paw approach’

Babies will sleep according to their individual needs. Their need for sleep varies between 12 and 20 hours a day. Also the length of continuous sleep between babies varies widely, as does the number and length of their daily naps.

A newborn baby will benefit if the family keeps to a regular daily schedule. Even though the baby will initially fall asleep and wake up at their own pace, they will gradually learn to distinguish between day and night with the help of their family. During daytime, life is about light, sound, action, tender care and interaction, while at night we settle down to go to bed by creating a suitable atmosphere for sleeping. The soundscape at home becomes silent as you turn off the TV and other media devices, and towards the night the lighting will also become softer. The atmosphere at home will be tranquil, safe and inviting sleep.

During the day, your baby will enjoy social activities, which help with their development. Good sleeping habits are also supported by days with a positive atmosphere, happy age-appropriate playtimes, sufficient nourishment and spending time outdoors. At night, both children and adults will feel the need to calm down and sleep. During the early months, the baby will wake up several times a night to eat, but otherwise care should be kept to a minimum. The baby’s circadian rhythm will gradually conform with the rest of the family’s routines.

The family’s evening routines 

A baby’s sleeping area 

Getting a baby to fall asleep 

A baby’s sleep cycle 

A baby’s night feeding 

05.03.2020 14:10