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Newborn Behavior

Newborns are in a period of behavioral instability. There is essentially no pattern in their behavior.  They have two major categories of behavior: periods of waking and periods of sleeping.

The waking states include crying, considerable motor activity, alert, and drowsy. 

The quiet alert state is the best time to interact with and feed your baby.

The sleep states include active (light) sleep and deep sleep (Varney,2004).

In light sleep they may startle, twitch and have irregular respirations. They will sometimes nurse in a light sleep

In deep sleep they have more regular breathing and are more still.

Healthy newborns spend approximately 60 % of their time sleeping (Varney, 2004).

Remember:
All babies spend some time crying- they cry for various reasons and you will learn to recognize their crying.  Long periods of crying are distressing to parents and babies increase in stress hormones.  Attempt to soothe your baby

Remember you can not “spoil” a baby by holding and they need to feel your presence and love

All babies pass a lot of gas-their digestive system is immature

Newborns sneeze to clear their air passages