Newborn & infant sleep patterns & tips for swaddling to help baby sleep

Newborn Sleep Infant Sleep

Newborn baby swaddled with text that reads Sleep for your baby


Sleep is a journey, not a destination and the below baby sleep patterns graph shows us exactly that.

In the first 18 months of your baby's sleep, there will be many moments of, ‘oh I so have this’ but also followed by ‘I just need more sleep’ distressing times. The below graph shows us that your baby’s sleep keeps developing, as it's affected by their brain development, while they learn a circadian rhythm but hang in there mamas and papas, we have your back to help support you on this journey. Today we talk about newborn and infant sleep patterns and the importance of swaddling to help baby sleep

Baby sleep patterns graph:


Baby sleep pattern graph from newborn to 18 months, showing sleep is a journey, not a destination

The importance of swaddling baby for safe and restful sleep

At ergoPouch, it’s our mission to help all babies in America sleep comfortably and safely. You may be surprised and saddened, as we are, to hear that four children in America die every day suddenly and unexpectedly due to SUDI, stillbirth and sleep-related accidents. To work towards zero, we will continue to provide safe sleepwear for your little ones for years to come and help educate families on safe-sleep practices.


Parent reaching into crib to pick up a newborn baby who is swaddled, with text that reads What is Swaddling and why do it?


Swaddling is an ancient practice of wrapping your baby in a cocoon to help them feel safe and secure. We swaddle our babies to avoid the sudden flailing of their arms and head that swiftly snaps them awake, undoing all that hard work it took to get to them to sleep. That flailing movement is known as the Moro, or startle reflex. It is a jerk in their bodies that can occur every 20 minutes in some babies. It is completely normal and begins in the first trimester in utero.


Does swaddling help baby sleep?

A loud noise, a sudden bright light, movement or even a parent laughing can trigger the Moro reflex. Swaddling calms this jerking movement while keeping your mini comfortable and content, minimizing baby's sleep disruptions.

The transition from the cozy confines of the womb to life outside can be anything but easy for newborns who are used to mom's comforting warmth and movement. Commonly referred to as the 'fourth trimester', your newborn will probably sleep for around 16 hours a day in the first few months as their body grows rapidly, their brain develops, and they learn a circadian rhythm. A swaddle can help your baby adjust to the outside world by providing security and familiarity. It can help to settle your little one if they become overstimulated by their surroundings.


For more information newborn sleep, read our Postpartum Baby Sleep blog. If your baby is born with Hip Dysplasia, read more about swaddling here and check our our blog 

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