Sleeping Position Baby Center – Sleep Patterns For Babies

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The first year of a baby’s life is full of sleeping milestones. Different babies have different sleep routine patterns. Parents need time to adjust to a baby’s sleep routine, and sleeping positions of babies. This will help your baby sleep cozy and tight at night. Moreover it will help parents to have a comfortable sleep at night. 

How Much Sleep Do Babies Need?

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Sleeping patterns of a baby vary from baby to baby. It is very normal for an infant baby to spend 14-17 hours sleeping in an hour and 24 hour day. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine advises parents not to worry about baby sleep patterns as they vary. A baby needs 12-15 hours of proper sleep every day for better growth. This is to build up a habit to sleep for the whole night even. From 6 months onwards, babies sleep more during the night. Parents can also opt for strategies if babies aren’t sleeping through the night.

Sleep Patterns Of Babies –

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Sleep patterns of babies vary during different month periods.

● Back pose- Back sleeping is best for babies. Your baby won’t wriggle in sleep until they have managed to twist on their side. A baby gets more active during sleep as they inch their first birthday. This pose is the best pose for your baby’s until they grow up a little.

● Tummy pose- Babies sleeping on their back is far safer than sleeping on their tummy. Sleeping on stomachs for babies increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death

Syndrome(SIDS) and suffocation. SIDS can lead to the cause of death between one month and one-year-old babies. According to a report in the US, about 3,500 babies die because of sleep each year; tummy is sleeping is not only the factor for rising risk of SIDS it can also rise if:

1. The mother smokes during pregnancy, or the baby is around the spokesperson after birth.

2. The baby shares the same bed with their parents.

3. Usage of Drugs and alcohol near the baby.

4. The baby is prematurely born

5. Sofa seats or car seats can be too dangerous for babies.

6. Blankets or toys stay inside the crib

7. The baby gets bottle-fed rather than breastfeeding.

All of these are not under your control. Most babies do not react to one of any conditions mentioned. Try to place your baby on their back to sleep early, twisting is preferable, but early sleeping on the tummy could lead to suffocation risk. The risk of SIDS is highest for infants aged 2-4 months.

● Side Sleeping- According to a report from the National Institutes of Health(NIH), it’s a myth that side sleeping can prevent choking while sleeping well. Babies have automatic reflexes in their bodies.

● Flat Head- Every parent has heard of babies having flat heads; due to that, keeping it is so true, but as the baby grows, it can be changed.


Baby sleeping plays a vital part in their body growth and mental growth. Parents must take cues from the above article for better information.

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