Tired of getting woken up at 3:30 in the morning by your crying baby? Check out these strategies to help your newborn baby sleep through the night.
Welcoming a new baby into your home is one of life's most memorable experiences. But while the cuddles and the coos are sure to melt your heart, those sleepless nights can be one of the hardest adjustments for new parents.
A good night's sleep is crucial to your mental health
and your ability to tend to baby's needs during the day. While newborn baby sleep issues are challenging for most parents, these sleep strategies should help you get a little more shut-eye:
Consider Ditching the Pacifier
A pacifier can be a great tool for soothing a fussy baby, but babies who rely on their pacifiers too much to comfort them can have a hard time falling and staying asleep. For lots of little babies, as they drift off, their pacifier falls out which can startle them back awake.
This causes problems for parents who have to keep going back in the babies room to put the pacifier back in. If this habit is making it hard for your baby to sleep, consider weaning them off their pacifier.
It may take a little time, but just put the baby to sleep without a pacifier and let them cry it out for 10 minutes or so if they need to until they no longer need it to fall asleep.
Use A Soothing Noise Maker
We're not talking about the loud toys with all the flashing lights and nursery rhyme songs. A white-noise machine can help mask the other distracting noises of a busy household while lulling your little one to sleep.
Popular white noise machines
can play the sounds of waves lapping on the shore, gentle rain, the low hum of a hair dryer, or the babbling of a brook. You can set the sounds to play for an hour or for much longer.
Help Big Kids First, Then Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep
If you have more than one child, it can be tricky getting them all to sleep and keeping them that way throughout the night. If your baby tends to wake up during the night to fuss or cry and wakes an older sibling, tend to your older child first.
Older kids can fall back to sleep easier than little babies after they've been woken. Then you can spend time helping your baby back to sleep without disrupting the whole household too much.
Let The Late Night Feeding Go
Sometimes babies wake up in the late night hours to nurse, not because they're hungry, but as a way to feel comfortable. Though newborns need to eat around the clock, once your pediatrician has given you the go-ahead to cease night feedings, you can start to reduce them.
Help your baby find other ways to soothe themselves in the night such as an extra soft blanket to nuzzle.
Put your baby down sleepy but still awake and then just check in on them every few minutes until they've fallen asleep. Most babies 6 months old and up should be able to sleep through the night without a snack.
Understand Standard Sleep Schedules
It's not uncommon for newborn baby sleep patterns to be all over the place. But sometimes, if they've been kept up for too long of a stretch, it can be hard for them to fall asleep.
By understanding sleeping milestones
and how many hours a baby needs to sleep at their age, you can make sure they get their naps in during the day. This ensures that they aren't too agitated to calmly fall asleep at night.
Be Prepared For Baby
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