New babies have the two best jobs in the world: to eat and to sleep. Have you ever wondered why babies sleep and eat so much? It’s pretty simple.
A baby’s brain can use up to 50% of the total glucose supply, which may help explain why babies need so much sleep.
They also sleep so much simply because that’s what they’re used to and what their tiny bodies need.
After spending nine months in the warmth and comfort of mum’s belly, a baby’s life outside the womb can be overstimulating. So babies spend 2/3rd’s of the day asleep and the rest of the day eating in those first few months.
The reason why they eat so much is that their tummies are so tiny, they fill up fast. So, although they might only spend a little time eating, they’ll keep waking to be fed between napping.
Inevitably, much of this sleep will happen during daylight hours, with most newborns having four or more short naps during the daytime.
Do not disturb
When next you see that cute little baby fast asleep, do not have an attitude, and do not disturb. That’s their full time job!