Foundational Newborn Sleep Habits
As a parent, we probably don’t have to tell you how important quality sleep is for growing children -- and their families! You may already know that studies have shown that adequate sleep can lead to improved overall physical and mental health.
However, here’s what you might not realize: you don’t have to wait until your child is older or read through countless baby sleep books to instill your child with healthy sleep habits. You can set the stage for good sleep habits in the newborn stage without pushing your baby to do anything they’re not ready for.
The first few months of a baby’s life can bring a unique set of sleep challenges. There’s a lot of variability in what babies are developmentally ready for at this age and much of the standard baby sleep wisdom doesn’t always apply for newborns. Plus you’ve already got a lot going on. You’re also busy feeding, nurturing and getting to know this new human!
Some tips to get you started:
If baby is sleeping more during the day than at night, limit each individual nap to two hours. This will help sort day/night confusion.
Understand that irregular schedules are normal and developmentally appropriate at this age. This will improve with time and the right foundation.
Babies don’t always falls asleep because they’re tired - counterintuitive, we know! For easier naps and bedtimes, observe baby's sleep patterns and identify signs of sleepiness before baby becomes too tired. These cues can include, yawning, getting a glazed/faraway look and fussing.
Try using rhythmic shushing and swaying to calm your fussy baby.
Consider wearing your baby in an age appropriate baby carrier if they need to sleep, but refuse to be laid down.
Encourage nighttime sleep by keeping it dark and boring during your desired sleeping times.
We have expanded our plans to accommodate the youngest of our Huckleberry babies.
Our custom analysis and guidance can help take the guesswork out of what to do for your individual child. You can start preparing them for a lifetime of good sleep now!
Here are some of the issues we address in our customized sleep plans. Do any of these sound familiar?
Common newborn challenges:
Refusing to sleep unless held
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