Encouraging newborn babies to sleep can be a concern for parents, especially heightened for those who struggle to sleep themselves. That being said, parents should try not to worry about the daily challenge as all babies are different and in time things will get easier.
Babies are supposed to sleep for at least 15 hours a day, unfortunately this rarely happens at convenient hours so new parents must adapt to regular naps and early morning wake up calls. If you are a new parent you might benefit from the below tips to help put your little one get to sleep.
Newborns are used to being in the womb so mirroring a similar environment can help soothe them in their first few months. Create a warm, dark and compact space with only low-pitched noises getting through – the optimal heat for a baby’s room is 15-18C.
The world can be a weird place for newborns who have been cacconned in their mother’s womb. New smells, sights and sounds can cause stress for little ones but white noise may be the answer when it comes to sleep. White noise is sound containing many frequencies with equal intensities; this can help relax your baby, calming them down and giving a sense of ‘womb-like’ security that helps them drift off.
Having a good sleep routine can be beneficial for anyone, getting up at a similar time each day and implementing a sleep routine can help you and your baby rest well. Try having a bath, some food, then bed each night at the same time to manipulate your infant’s body clock. Before you know it, you’ll be yawning at the sound of the bath running.
Limit nap lengths
Your baby is going to nap… a lot! But try to promote the bigger stints of sleep at night. It may be hard to wake up your sleeping beauty, but sleeping for too long in the day can rob the precious hours on a night.
Don’t rush in
New parents may find it hard to put their baby down. This is understandable, but babies often wake up, babble and go back to sleep. Give them sometime before intervening to see if they can resettle themselves.
A dream feed is where you feed your baby whilst they are still half asleep before going to bed yourself. This aims to prevent the infant getting hungry in the early hours, in turn giving the parents a better night’s sleep. In theory this is great, but unfortunately it doesn’t always work; some babies are more prone to waking up and this nighttime feed can’t promise avoiding an early hour wake up call.