From 4-8 weeks the number of hours of sleep your baby has in 24 hours does not change that much. They will usually sleep for about 11/2- 2 hours during the day after each feed, and for periods of 3-5 hours during the night. They may have 5–8 feeds in 24 hours. You will notice that baby is becoming more alert, they are crying more to demonstrate their needs and becoming more difficult to settle.
By now you should be starting to understand the different cries baby makes – for example, the cry when they’re hungry is different to the cry when they’re tired. This is a challenging time – probably the most demanding time for you. Remember to watch for your baby’s tired signs and use the settling technique you have been practising.
By the time you reach the 8-week mark, you will notice that your baby has started to develop a pattern. It’s not really a routine at this stage, but their feed and sleep times become more predictable. At some time during the day, often after their first feed in the morning, your baby will have a longer sleep – perhaps up to 4 hours. During this time, take the opportunity to do what’s needed in the house, prepare dinner, relax and pamper yourself – or just have a nice long sleep.
You will notice that baby is becoming more alert. They are crying more to demonstrate their needs, and becoming more difficult to settle.
Time on their tummy during this stage is important to strengthen the muscles in baby’s neck and upper chest. Give them periods of tummy time on the floor (say 5-10 minutes), perhaps using an activity mat. They will now be able to lift their head to look at toys and their surroundings.
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