Shhh! The baby’s sleeping...
To ensure healthy development, let your baby follow his or her own sleep cycle, and don’t awaken a baby who’s tossing and turning.
Before birth, babies sleep for a large part of the day and generally move at night. So it will take a little time – probably 3 to 6 months, sometimes longer – to adapt to a new schedule and sleep through the night. Up until age 1, your baby will also need to take three naps during the day. A baby’s sleep cycles are short (about 50 minutes during the first two months, and then 70 minutes until age 3), and phases of tossing and turning during sleep are entirely normal. Don’t wake the baby – it may not look like it, but your baby is sleeping!
If your baby misses the start of a sleep cycle, you’ll have to wait for the next one. Put your baby down in a quiet room, on his or her back, as soon as you see signs of fatigue. The bed should be designed for safety, with sides to prevent the baby from falling, without any pillow or sheet or duvet (an infant sleeping bag sized for your baby is best), and without any plush toys, necklace or pacifier. As for the temperature, 18°C to 20°C is ideal!
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