So you got a newborn baby, who won’t fall asleep at night, or will only sleep in your arms. When we’re thinking about bed time for a newborn baby at night, it’s around 10:00 11:00 12:00 at night and it’s a long nap at this stage, but we eat them to be out of our harms essentially so that we can all have some sleep. These 7 sleep tips for newborns are going to make it easier for your baby when they’re put into their cot to stay asleep and to ensure they don’t get too tired. Whether you’re struggling to get your baby to fall asleep, or they’ll only sleep in your arms, they wake frequently, or you’re finding another aspect of newborn sleep difficult, this article will help. You’ll learn the essentials of newborn sleep and settling your newborn with these evidence based tips.
#1 Make Sure Your Baby Is Truly Awake And Not In Light Sleep
The first tip is to make sure your baby is truly awake and not in light sleep, which can be really, really confusing as a new parent. Basically newborn babies enter all sleep by going into light sleep, which looks like Wake. They’re fussing around a lot, they’re moving their arms, making lots of noises, but their eyes are closed. You’ll see that their eyeballs are moving underneath their eyelids, but there they look like they’re awake at this stage but they’re actually in light sleep. Newborn babies spend the majority of their time in light sleep. They’re only going to deep sleep for a short period in each sleep cycle. So deep sleep looks like your baby’s truly asleep. Their bodies completely resting, they’re not moving and their breath is really, really deep. When they’re in deep sleep, we know they’re asleep, but in light sleep, it makes us think that they’re actually awake. When babies are in light sleep, they’re actually more likely to be accidentally woken up to so do be careful of that.
The other thing is newborn babies when they sleep, they go through sleep cycles which is around 40 minutes and between sleep cycles, your baby will kind of wake up for a short period of time. Therefore, we want to make sure that they’re truly awake when we’re picking them up. Remember to make sure that they are genuinely crying. They’re only going to wake from sleep for three reasons. First, that’s because they’re hungry. It’s about two to three hours since their last feed, then they’re going to be hungry and they will be genuinely awake. The other reason they might wake because they’re napping or they’ve had an explosion or they’re hot cold or they’re being woken up by a noise. The last reason they’d wake up is if they’re no longer tired. So first thing is really, make sure that your baby is awake at this time.
#2 Make Sure The Room Is Cool
Baby sleep best in rooms that are around the mid 60’s to low 70 Fahrenheit (19 to 22 degrees). If you can’t get that, then just make sure you dress them appropriately for the temperature of the room. So a room for moment is really handy because you don’t need to guess whether or not your baby is too hot or cold, you can just check the temperature. You would refer to their sleeping bags, they often come with a little checklist on the temperature of the room and then it tells you what the baby should be wearing based on the tog of the sleeping bag and the temperature. To refer to and it just takes the guessing game out of it, because parenting, a newborn baby is hard enough. But something you don’t need to guess about so room, thermometer and referring to those sleeping bag temperature, gauges for clothing and sleeping bags is fantastic.
#3 Make Sure The Room Is Dark
It needs to be dark enough that you can’t actually read a book and that’s not with anything to do with the circadian rhythms babies at this age. Don’t have that yet. They don’t have that. They’re not producing that hormone. So in that doesn’t happen till around three to five months. Why we want the room dark at this age? This is to ensure that when your baby comes into lightweight, so between sleep cycles, they aren’t going to be kind of stimulated by what’s in the room. Because if it’s dark, they’re not going to notice that. There’s a Shiny Toy over there or there’s a window with lights and trees and birds outside, what they’re going to see is a dark room and they’ll go back to sleep, if they’re not hungry, if they’re not uncomfortable and if they’re still tired before. Hope this sleep tip for newborns will be helpful.
#4 Make Sure The Bedroom Quiet Where Your Baby’s Sleeping
Now, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been told that a baby needs to learn how to sleep in a noisy environment that is completely false and extremely irritating for me. And that’s because who, sleeps in a noisy room? No one, no one ever sleeps in a noisy room. When you think about babies, they’re really, really easy stimulated. The other thing is they’ve got a startle reflex. So when there’s a loud noise, you’ll actually see your baby jump. That is a reflex because they are in light sleep, most of the time, when they’re sleeping, they’re going to be woken up by that reflux. We want to keep the noise consistent in their room and not really, really loud. So if you can’t do that, because you’ve got a really noisy household, then that’s completely fine. I’m not expecting everyone to tiptoe around the house. While your baby is napping because they’re going to be napping all the time, what you’re wanting is I would think about using a white noise machine. So the white Sighs machine should be continuous when you’re using it. It plays for throughout their whole nap and when they’re older, it’s throughout the whole night time, and that’s noise should be continuous, and consistent. It should be like rainfall, not with thunder in it. Just rainfall or radio, static, or a waterfall. It shouldn’t be the like nature with the bird noises or a whale breaching or crashing waves, you want a continuous and we don’t activate that startle reflex.
#5 Swaddling Your Baby Or Using A Sleeping Bag
The swaddle is fantastic. Because it actually mimics the womb keeps your baby, nice and secure ensures that warm. But don’t make sure we don’t overheat because that’s associated with SIDS, but it keeps them nice and warm. I prefer to use a sleeping bag that kind of swaddles the baby with their arms down and that’s purely because it dampens that start over. Reflex that your baby will have so often babies at this age. They need our help to fall asleep. So they might fall asleep in our arms and then we’ll transfer them into the cot. Generally you can use low sleeping bag where you can wrap with your baby’s arms down. So that when you place them in the cot, their arms would stay down and I wouldn’t activate that startle reflex and then they’d stay asleep, which was amazing. Just if you are swelling or using a sleeping bag where their arms are included, just make sure you remember to stop swaddling or using that sleeping bag. Transition with their arms out, when they’re close to rolling, because we don’t want them to accidentally roll and then not be able to get out of that position.
#6 Avoid Stimulating Your baby When Your baby’s Waking In The Night For A Feed
Really . So keep the lights dim. So I’d only use a nightlight if you need to and I’d stay in the room, if possible where your baby’s sleeping, because that white noise machine, hopefully is going. And also, I know it’s really hard because I know that you kind of want to watch TV to keep yourself awake. But just know that if you put the TV on, it’s going to stimulate the baby when you’re feeding them. So it might be harder to get them to go back to sleep. So really keep the nighttime routine. Kind of not fun. You just feed you change your feed and put them down.
#7 Avoid An Overtired Baby
Getting a baby to sleep under the best of circumstances can be tricky, but when your little one is overtired, it can be even more difficult. That’s because overtired babies have a harder time settling down for sleep, sleep only intermittently and wake up more often throughout the night.
The result? Overtired babies tend to sleep less and sleep less well, making them more tired, which continues the tired-overtired cycle. And it can be especially difficult to sleep train an overtired baby. Babies who don’t sleep enough and who stay awake for longer than they can handle end up having a stress response — an increase in adrenaline and cortisol — making it trickier for them to wind down for bed. Sometimes it’s obvious your baby is overtired … and other times the signs are subtle.
These tips for preventing your baby from getting overtired can help. Watch for sleep cues, Follow a consistent bedtime routine every night and don’t overstimulate your baby before sleep times. That means stopping playtime in the half hour or so before bed, and doing your best to keep your baby in a quieter area, away from the TV or radio.
Mums and dads, those are the 7 tips which I hope will help your baby learn to sleep in their cot and not in your arms for the whole nap. Do remember to be consistent and keep going with it.