If you are a new parent, sleep deprivation is something you will have to cope with for the first few months. There is a common joke among new parents that says sleep deprivation is a tried and tested method of torture.
If you are a parent of a premature baby and you have been home for only a few nights, then you might be asking “when will my premature baby sleep through the night”? Parents with premature babies often aren't aware of the sleep struggles they may have to endure.
BabyCenter notes that newborns who came out early tend to have shorter premature baby sleep cycles. They also tend to have lighter sleep patterns than full term babies. As a result, they have shorter sleep sessions. That also implies it's a lot easier to wake them up.
Although there is very little data on premature baby sleeping cycles, doctors believe there are a number of reasons why they wake up so often during the night, one of which is feeding.
According to HealthyChildren.org, preterm babies may not be able to enjoy at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep until they are at least between 6 and 8 months of age. That said, a parent can still manage to establish healthy sleep routines to supplement what the baby is getting already.
If your preterm baby is properly fed but is still wailing through the night, be informed that this behaviour will take some time to wear off. The fibre method is one approach for parents with newborns aged 6 months who are still working to set up a healthy sleep pattern.