At this stage the baby will have a somewhat difficult sleep period (for you, because for him it is what he needs). During these three months, the baby’s sleep begins to adapt with shorter periods of sleep during the day and longer periods at night. Deep sleep and sleep cycles begin to be more differentiated.
It is during this period of time where the sleeping habits of the little ones are essential. It is necessary to work on them so that the little one starts differently from day to night, but without pressuring him since his rhythm must be respected.
THE STAGES OF SLEEP FROM 3 TO 6 MONTHS
During this process, a neurological change is created in the baby’s sleep. Before this stage, the way in which the baby slept had little impact on his ability to stay asleep, in addition to doing so interchangeably both during the day and at night.
From the third month, the baby’s brain begins to alter the way it approaches sleep and the little ones begin to wake up more between sleep cycles . Many babies are fully awake and this means that their sleep has matured and they are able to have more waking periods during the day and deeper sleep at night. Like adults. Babies, if they wake up at night and with practice, will be able to go back to sleep instead of wanting to stay awake.
From this stage they will be able to sleep during the night between 2 and 4 hours in a row. During this time, the baby will need you to be able to fall asleep again and to calm his state, but little by little he will begin to learn to fall asleep on his own.
The baby will be awake long enough for their basic needs to be attended to, and as the weeks go by, they will be awake longer than when they were a newborn baby.
This means that when he reaches 3 months, it is likely that when you put him in the crib he will still be awake and that he will most likely protest that he does not want to sleep and prefers to be fed or be in your arms.
Babies at this age need a good amount of time awake before they can take a good nap and even sleep better at night. In addition, the little ones who are awake longer will be more aware of the world, they will like to play, laugh and enjoy the visual stimulation that you provide when you are interacting with it.
NAPS AT THIS STAGE
Sleep is as important to babies as feeding is. Up to about the age of three, children need naps during the day. The amount of time they sleep during the day will vary over time to ensure a good night’s sleep.
At three months the baby already has a more predictable napping rhythm during the day and a total of 3 and a half hours can be combined during the day. But if you sleep more than these amounts, you are likely to wake up more at night. Likewise, the time that the baby sleeps during the day must be respected because it will be what he needs. If you wake him up for a better night’s sleep, you could be interrupting an essential part of his development: rest for good growth .
In this stage of 3 to 6 months, the baby could wake up at night to feed because, not having started on solids yet, they will be hungry sooner. As they reach 6 months, they are likely to be able to sleep more hours at night.