Just like adults, all babies sleep differently – some will sleep more, some will sleep less. New parents often feel under pressure to have a baby that sleeps through the night.
Babies wake up for lots of different reasons:
- newborns sleep for small bursts and wake for feeds because they have tiny tummies
- growth spurts (usually around 1-3 weeks, two months and three months)
- tummy aches and needing changing
- tired or overtired
At birth, babies don’t know the difference between night and day and this awareness develops gradually over several weeks.
There are other reasons that can impact on a baby’s sleep such as reflux, so if you do have concerns around your baby’ sleep make sure you chat them through with your Health Visitor or GP.