Newborn Sleep Problems

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Most newborns sleep well and often. Up until the first three months of life a baby will most likely sleep between 14 and 16 hours a day, sometimes more. The sleep cycle of a newborn is determined almost entirely by the needs of the child. A newborn will wake to be changed, fed, and nurtured. Newborns typical sleep no longer than a few hours and on an irregular schedule.

Types of Newborn Sleep Problems

Some newborns have problems with their sleep schedules. They are fussy and restless and parents have a hard time settling them down. If they are crying persistently for hours at a time more than three days in a row, physicians will typically classify them as colicky. Colic is a nebulous term that refers to a persistently crying child that seems inconsolable. As many as 25 percent of all infants could be classified in this way.

The good news is that newborns grow out of colic on their own, and there are some products that can help to quiet a colicky baby. One such product is a sleep sound machine. Sleep sound machines can be found in great variety of styles, but there are some made specifically for newborn babies. These machines simulate sounds of the womb as well as a mother's heartbeat. These sounds have been shown to enhance the calm of a restless child.

Another problem newborns can have with sleeping is too much noise. A child that is tip-toed around from birth will most likely become sensitive to noise during sleep. It is a good idea to use a sound machine around a new baby to get the child used to noise in the house. These machines will also block out any excessive noise that might wake the child.

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