Your developing baby
It probably feels like there is no room left inside of you at the moment and you would no doubt be glad if your baby came tonight.
Not long to go… Your baby is about 12 inches long and he sleeps for most of the day and night, as it is too cramped in the womb for any somersaults now. His skin has changed from reddish to bright pink as he continues to put on weight and lay fat down.
Now is the time to start thinking about your newborn! What will he look like? And what you might need to buy for your newborn? It's probably also a good idea to prepare yourself for the sleepless nights and nappy changes to come.
Newborn babies need nearly twice the amount that an adult requires and even when they are 18 months old, they will still need, on average, five hours more sleep than their parents do. They spend a lot more time in the dream sleep stage, which you can distinguish from the other stages by the occasional twitch and her eyes moving underneath her lids.
On the other hand, when she is in the ‘deep sleep’ phase of her sleeping cycle, she will be hard to awaken and will make little sucking movements with her mouth. She may also ‘startle’ in the same manner that adults do as they are falling asleep.
Before the age of three months, your baby will not be able to differentiate between night and day and so her sleep will be scattered across the twenty-four hour period. After the three month stage, your baby will start to learn that night equals a longer period of sleep than the daytime naps that she receives. As she grows older, you will find her naps become less frequent, but are more predictable and longer than the frequent but short ones of her early months. By six months you can reasonably expect more of a routine.