Newborn Sleep Tips for Exhausted New Parents
As parent you'll told your baby tons of things, however maybe the first and most prominent skill your baby will learn from you is how to sleep well. We human are not born to know how to sleep, it is skill that we learned from our parents or elders. Even though we tend to start sleep training when baby is 4 months old, those first few months are an opportunity to lay the foundation for healthy sleep habits. By doing so, you baby is able to take better and consistent naps and may even sleep more soundly at night. You can start these tips into action right away and they’ll continue paying off for months to come.
- Help your baby overcome day/night confusion
Have you noticed that your baby sleeps like a rock during the day, but wants to party putting all night? This is a very common occurrence for newborns that’s known as day/night confusion. Think back to when your baby was in your womb just a few days or weeks ago. While you were up and about during the day, the motion lulled her to sleep. Then, as soon as you’d lie down to sleep, she’d start kicking and moving because the stillness stirred her awake. Here’s how you can help your baby work through day/night confusion so you can both catch more Z’s after dark:
- During the day, expose your baby to plenty of natural light.
- When you feed and change your baby during the day, engage with your baby and keep the room bright.
- When you feed and change your baby during the night, keep the room dark and minimize interactions with your baby.
- After a nighttime feeding, change and swaddle your baby and put her right back to sleep.
- Create an environment that’s conducive to sleep
Use black out curtains to make your baby’s room completely dark. Darkness sends a signal to your baby’s brain that it’s time for sleep. Use continuous white noise during day and nighttime sleep. White noise is very comforting to babies—it mimics the sound they’re used to from being in the womb—and also blocks out background noise in the house or from the street that could disrupt baby’s sleep.
- Follow a basic routine
With a newborn, you don’t have to follow a rigid schedule, but it’s helpful to have a routine. When your baby wakes from a nap, change her diaper, have a little play time and tummy time, feed your baby, and then swaddle and put her right back to sleep. You may have heard that you should never wake a sleeping baby, but this isn’t entirely true. If your baby is taking a long nap, cap the nap at two hours and gently wake your baby. This will help make sure that you fit in enough feedings during the day, which can help result in longer stretches of sleep at night.
- Swaddle your baby
You might think that your baby doesn’t like being swaddled because she fusses at first, but all babies feel most secure once they’re swaddled. Swaddling helps prevent the Moro reflex from startling them awake. As a result, your baby is better able to stay asleep and connect sleep cycles, leading to longer naps and nighttime sleep. In most cases, if your baby is breaking free from the swaddle it means that the swaddle isn’t snug enough. (Be sure to stop swaddling once your baby is able to roll from back to tummy, around 3 to 4 months of age.)
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