Sleep is so important for everyone, but newborns especially. That’s when they do their growing!
Help maximize your newborn’s sleep with these handy newborn sleeping tips. Everything on this list is something that has been a lifesaver for me with my three babies.
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6 Newborn Sleeping Tips
1. Swaddle that baby! Babies like to feel cozy, like they are still in the womb. To make your baby feel secure, swaddle him in the new HALO SwaddleSure, which has been designated as hip-healthy by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and has a patented three-point fastening system for more secure swaddling.
We used HALO swaddling products with our kids for as long as they would stay in them and not break free! It helps them sleep better and longer. I also love how the HALO products always say “Back is best” on them to remind parents to always put baby to sleep on his back!
Some benefits of swaddling:
- Swaddling is a great way to soothe and calm a fussy baby by giving him a feeling of security, similar to being in the womb.
- A newborn cannot regulate his temperature as well as an adult, so swaddling keeps his body warm. (Just make sure that he doesn’t become overheated.)
- Swaddling often helps a baby sleep longer because it prevents the sudden movements (startle reflex) that can cause him to wake up.
- Swaddling can help a baby focus on breastfeeding, helping to keep his arms and legs out of the way.
- Swaddling prevents a newborn baby from scratching himself with his nails.
2. Ditch the video monitor. I never bought a video monitor for my kids because I knew that if I did, I would be obsessing over their every movement while sleeping. I just use a regular old monitor, but truthfully, it’s only on when I am on a different floor than the baby. At night, I don’t even have the monitor in my room on. I don’t want to hear every little gurgle and grunt (newborns do those a lot!). I only want to hear when the baby is actually crying, awake, and needs something. This tip will save you unnecessary trips into the nursery when baby is just adjusting or not even awake. Many times, even if the baby is making little noises or a small cry, he will go right back to sleep by himself.
3. Read Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. I have recommended this book to all of my mom friends. It helped me get my kids on great sleep schedules and teach them the sleep habits they need to become wonderful sleepers on their own.
4. Use room darkening shades. Make the room nice and dark for your child to get the best quality sleep, even in the light of day.
5. Play white noise during naps and at night. This goes back to the idea of the womb– it was cozy AND noisy in there! Newborns like that loud white noise. I bought this myBaby Sound Spa on Amazon for my third baby and so far I have no complaints. It has several different sound options and it’s nice and loud. (When I bought it, it was not $35. It was closer to $20, so you can probably find it cheaper somewhere else.)
6. Create a soothing routine with bedtime books. Babies (and all kids) love routine, and it’s especially important to have a bedtime routine. When they’re newborns, ours is: bath, eat, books, and bed. These are some of my favorite bedtime books that I’ve read to all my kids…
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