Baby Sleeps All Day – What Can The Reasons Be?

Babies are still at the very  beginning of their development  and therefore need much more sleep than adults. It’s not uncommon for  babies to sleep for as much as 16 hours . For new parents, it is even very pleasant when the baby sleeps through the night and does not cry.

But what if the baby sleeps all day? Then the parents can quickly worry that the baby is not doing well and maybe even has an illness.

How should you deal with your baby sleeping all day and  is this a real warning?  Find out more about babies’ sleep behavior and how to deal with them in this guide.

First of all, you should consider  how much sleep babies actually need . Because it’s not that uncommon for babies to oversleep most of the day. This may seem like a lot to you, but it shouldn’t worry you.

For newborns, it is true that they cannot sleep too much. Your  daily routine essentially consists of eating and sleeping . The body is growing and the exertion is compensated with a high need for sleep.

But babies don’t always sleep soundly. They take several naps throughout the day, wake up, crave food and then go back to sleep. This is  perfectly normal after giving birth.

However, the need for sleep is already reduced after the first few months of life. Now the babies begin to explore and perceive the world. Toys are grasped and communicated with the parents.

The following average values ​​are roughly given   for the sleep requirements of babies:

Newborns sleep around 14-18 hours a day
Between the ages of 4 and 12 months, sleep lasts around 12-16 hours
From the age of one, sleep is reduced to 11-14 hours a day

These are only rough guidelines. Within the specified values ​​you will already notice that large fluctuations occur. If your baby is a bit out of the ordinary and sleeps a little more or less, this is not yet  a cause for alarm.

Every baby is different and it’s okay if their sleep needs are different. Sleep patterns also vary from baby to baby. While some sleep through the night early and walk longer in a row in the land of dreams, other babies prefer several small naps.

 It is only a serious  warning signal when your  child is older than 6 months and still needs as much sleep as it did shortly after birth. Normally, the length of sleep should have decreased significantly by this age. But if it continues to sleep so much, a visit to the pediatrician is recommended. This can clarify whether there are medical reasons for the long sleep.

A HEALTHY SLEEPHYTHM

The baby’s daily routine is primarily controlled by diet. Since the main activities are only eating and sleeping, you can influence how your baby sleeps yourself  by feeding.  But what does the optimal sleep rhythm actually look like?

Not only do newborns need lots of sleep, they also need food. You need a lot of energy to grow. A newborn should be fed about  8 to 12 times a day.

But if your baby is only asleep, you may not want to wake him up. After all, as a parent, it is also pleasant when the baby sleeps. If your baby is sleeping and it is actually feeding time, you should wake him up very  carefully . This is better than skipping a meal.

You should wake your baby about every 3 hours to ensure healthy growth. If you skip meals in order to allow your child to sleep better, this can be associated with weight loss. This is much more dangerous for the child than being woken up while sleeping.

REASONS THE BABY SLEEP ALL DAY

So during the first few months it is perfectly normal for your baby to sleep most of the day. But what are the reasons for excessive sleep as you get older?

If your child is a few months old and still sleeps a lot during the day,  illnesses can be a possible cause  . These include, for example:

Jaundice
Kidney problems
Infections

If you are unsure, it is better to have your baby examined by the pediatrician. In the majority of cases, however, there will be no such “serious” reason.

It can also simply be a  growth spurt  that causes your baby to need a little more sleep. If your baby is eating enough and developing well, the  high need for sleep will usually not be pathological.

TIPS TO IMPROVE SLEEPING BEHAVIOR

In addition to the medical causes, parents can also be responsible for keeping the baby asleep throughout the day. One  cause could be gambling behavior.

If you play with the baby at night to get them to sleep, for example, they might enjoy it so much that the opposite effect occurs. Instead of falling asleep, it would rather continue playing and is therefore overtired during the day. So it is better to  only play during the day.

The room should not be darkened during the day. Babies need a lot of sleep, but they also get it when it is a little lighter and the apartment is louder. In order to improve your sleep behavior, you should go about your normal everyday life. This prevents the baby from being trained to sleep very lightly.

The baby should also be woken up at a fixed time each morning  . As a result, a consistent rhythm is already   followed and the baby will not sleep so much during the day that it cannot fall asleep at night.

To promote sleep, you can also use a  spring cradle  or a  hanging cradle  . These mimic the natural movements that babies feel in the womb. This offers a particularly  high level of security  .

BAD SLEEP AND ITS IMPACT

So it is not a bad thing that your newborn sleeps most of the day. Because a  healthy sleep is important for development.  If sleep problems occur, growth and overall development are disturbed. This affects both  physical and mental progress.

Sleep problems in babies can  impair memory  and lead to  difficulty concentrating  . They scream more, are more irritable, and show aggression more quickly. These problems persist into childhood and adulthood. As a result, school performance falls and job prospects are also very limited.

THE LONG SLEEP OF THE NEWBORN

So if your baby sleeps for a long time and is roughly within the guideline values, this is a good sign. If your child grows and is developing at the usual level, you  don’t have to worry if your newborn sleeps all day.

You should only have this behavior examined by a doctor if he or she is still noticeably asleep from the age of 6 months.

Otherwise you should be happy that your baby is sleeping and that you have some rest. Because you will probably also suffer from a sleep deficit yourself.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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