How does my baby sleep?

How does your baby Sleep?A Baby's sleep pattern is made up of two types of sleep, REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and non-REM sleep.

REM sleep occurs when the baby is in an "active state". You will notice movement under her eyelids and twitches in her body

Non-REM sleep on the other hand moves through stages from light sleep to deep sleep, when her body is relaxed and it is difficult to wake her. Babies generally sleep in sleep cycles of approximately 45 minutes.

During a sleep cycle the baby will move from a REM state of sleep, into a non-REM state and then return to a REM state of sleep.

So in other words, the baby will start by sleeping lightly, then drift into a deep sleep and then come out of the deep sleep again. The baby should ideally then be able to move from one sleep cycle into the next without fully waking.


The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))

Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.