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Did you know that there are six different sleep states that your baby can be in? Knowing the different sleep states really helps as we can use this knowledge to know when best to meet our baby’s various needs.
When they are in a deep sleep babies are likely to display the following: regular breathing, eyes closed, no rapid eye movement sleep, no spontaneous movements, or sleep startles.
During the late phase of sleep babies display irregular breathing and more gentle movement of arms or legs. Although their eyes are closed, you might notice rapid eye movement under the lids.
Eyes may be open or closed but there is a lot more movement than in the light sleep state.
In this state babies are bright and alert and move their arms and legs about a lot. When babies are in this alert stage this is a good time to play and chat with them.
Eyes are open and there’s a lot more movement in the arms and legs. Babies may start to fuss a bit at this stage too.
You are left in no doubt when you hear this stage! Your baby needs you to do something and do it now! Check out our information on crying and soothing.
This guide has been checked and approved by our in-house Health Visitor, Maggie Fisher in September 2018.
Safe sleeping for babies
Your baby’s average sleep needs
What are your baby’s signs of tiredness?
Your baby’s sleep cycles
The effect food can have on your baby’s sleep
Comforting and soothing your baby to sleep
Sleep aids that might help settle your baby
Swaddling your baby
Using the ‘Gradual Retreat’ sleep training method
Using the ‘Controlled Checking’ sleep training method
Using the ‘Kissing Game’ sleep training method
Using the ‘Pick Up, Put Down’ sleep training method
Using the ‘Wake to Sleep’ sleep training method
The Channel Mum sleep guide
How to soothe a crying baby