Developing New Sleep Patterns

Don’t expect your  premature baby to sleep through the night for many months. Unlike a term baby, who might sleep a full 6 to 8 hours at night by 4 months of age, your premature baby may not sleep most of the night until 6 to 8 months or later.

During this transition period, play with your baby during daytime awake periods. Keep night feedings as quiet and as simple as possible, with minimal or soft lighting. This will help your baby learn the difference between day and night and may help you get much-needed sleep at appropriate hours. But remember, it may take several weeks before your baby gets her days and nights straight!  Remember you baby is coming from an environment of 24 hour activity and different noises and the attention of a nurse 24 hours a day.  It may take a while for both you and your baby to become comfortable sleeping in this new environment

Develop a Routine

Each baby is different they way they settle down to sleep. Follow the same steps each time you put your baby down to sleep to help her learn a personal going-to-sleep routine. At first, you’ll probably jump up and go to your baby at the first crying sound. As you get to know your baby and they sounds they make while sleeping you will become more comfortable and develop a relaxed sleep routine.