You’ve waited for nine months to bring your baby home and now that your little one is here, you’re wondering if you and your baby will be able to sleep through the night. Don’t worry. This is nothing to lose sleep over. Getting baby to sleep well is entirely possible.
A full baby is a happy baby. Remember that your baby has just come out of the warmth and comfort of the womb where food was constantly supplied through the bloodstream. It is not uncommon for a newborn to wake up frequently as she adjusts to waking and eating. Your baby will wake up when hungry so it is important to be sure that he is getting enough to eat at that time. As your baby adjusts to larger feeds, she will sleep longer.
Recreating a womb-like environment, one that is safe and comfortable, will encourage your baby to sleep restfully. The crib may seem too big to an infant that has just emerged from an environment no bigger than a melon. Swaddling, or wrapping your baby with a swaddle blanket, can help mimic the womb.
Music can be soothing for both you and your baby. Many babies prefer to be lulled off to sleep with soft music. Just remember, when getting baby to sleep, you do not want your baby to become reliant upon the music. It is a good idea to use a sound machine with a timer on it so that it will turn off once your child is asleep.
Your child’s nervous system is still developing, so any loud sounds may disturb his sleep patterns. However, in the womb, your child was constantly hearing his mother’s heartbeat as well as the sounds from the outside the world, so keep in mind that white noise is not something to steer clear of. You don’t want your baby to need absolute quiet in order to sleep.
Cloth diapers may be a source of discomfort for your baby as they remain damp against her skin. Consider switching to disposable diapers which tend to draw out the moisture keeping your baby comfortably dry until her next diaper change.
And there is much more to it. Read educational books and e-books about getting a baby to sleep. There are 100’s of really great e-books with great reviews, meaning that they work for other parents. One of the most popular e-book on this topic is Baby Sleep Miracle. You can read this Baby Sleep Miracle method review to see if it is the right one for you and your baby.
Newborn babies sleep approximately 16 hours a day, usually waking only to be changed and fed. Your baby will want to be fed every three to four hours. While you cannot control your baby’s sleeping patterns, you can make your baby’s environment as comfortable as possible, encouraging and fostering trust – an essential for peaceful, restful sleep.