When you have a baby, all are concerns: that he eats and sleeps well, that he does his bowel movements, take care of him so that nothing bad happens to him, take him to the doctor and vaccinate him whenever necessary. A mother and father with a two-month-old baby will feel the imperative need to protect and take care of him all the time. But is it a cause for concern when the baby sleeps more than necessary during the day?
When your 2-month-old seems to spend more time sleeping rather than awake and learning about the world, you may be concerned if his sleep needs are excessive. Understanding your baby’s sleep needs can help you ensure that they get enough sleep and / or that they don’t sleep too much.
Next, we are going to tell you what the sleep of a two-month-old baby is like, because the first thing you must understand is that the baby sleeps what he needs, so it is important that you allow him to sleep as much as he wants at the time he wants to.
THE CHILDHOOD DREAM
Many parents worry that their baby will sleep too much during the day if their night’s sleep is not long and restful. In reality, young babies generally don’t sleep more than four hours at night or during the day.
A baby younger than 3 months has not yet developed sleep maturity, which is the ability to quickly enter deep sleep and stay asleep for longer periods. Some babies don’t develop this ability until after the sixth month of life , and many older babies regress when they experience developmental milestones.
If your baby 2 months seems to be a night owl sleeping longer during the day than at night, this does not necessarily mean something is wrong. However, you can try to help him change his schedule if you prefer. During the day, interact with your baby as much as possible.
Keep your home plenty of light during the day and open the curtains to let in natural light. Do not force your baby to stay awake if he does not want to do so, the only time you can wake him up if he falls asleep is while he is feeding. Let the television, phone, and dishwasher run as usual during the day, as keeping things too quiet encourages your baby to sleep more and more soundly.
WHAT YOU MUST NOT FORGET
Even when trying to get your baby to sleep less during the day, don’t deprive him too much of his total sleep. A 2-month-old needs 15-16 hours of sleep per 24-hour period. For most babies, this means 8-10 hours at night and 5-7 hours during the day, divided into three short naps during the day and two to three periods of nighttime sleep .
The main concern about a baby who sleeps too much, day or night, is the possibility of losing weight. This can happen because a 2-month-old’s stomach cannot hold a lot of breast milk or formula. The contents of a 2-month-old’s stomach are digested in about four hours, so he should wake up and eat at least this time to maintain growth and development. A baby who sleeps for an exceptionally long time may also miss out on valuable opportunities for contact and bonding with his parents, but if that’s what he needs, you should allow him too.
What matters most above all, is that in the moments when he is awake, you give him all your unconditional love so that he knows that he is safe and protected by your side!