The first six months of a baby’s life can be emotionally draining, especially in terms of sleep.
You knew having a baby would disrupt your sleeping pattern, but it’s difficult to grasp just how much until you’re in the middle of it. While babies sleep for most of the day (up to 19 hours for some!), they usually only sleep for short periods of time. This means you’re up a lot to care for them, which is exhausting and overwhelming for you, parent. You’re not alone if you’re constantly trying to figure out how to get your infant to sleep.
Realize that you know your baby best.
While it may be tempting to follow other people’s advice on how to put your baby to sleep or how long they should sleep, trust your own intuition. The more you worry about “not doing the right thing,” the less you’ll enjoy this precious time with your newborn.
Don’t worry about ‘do’s” and “don’ts’ of newborns sleep.
For the first few months, it’s critical not to get caught up in too many “sleep do’s and don’ts.” Feeding, changing, and putting them back to sleep are all you actually need to do for the first three months.
Avoid overstimulation for your baby.
It’s easy to forget that babies are infants who are learning things for the first time. A walk stimulates all of a baby’s senses, exposing him to new sounds, smells, and sights. We frequently forget this and fall into the role of “director of amusement,” constantly stimulating babies with toys.
Because our daily activities have an impact on our sleep, try to wind down the entire family before bed. If you want your baby to nap, a trip to the grocery store soon before a nap may cause them to become overstimulated, so give them more time to settle down.
Take stock of your baby’s sleep environment.
Newborns are sensitive to a variety of circumstances. They will not want to sleep if it is too hot. Their sleep may be disrupted if it smells like cleaning chemicals or any other strong aroma. If you use a night light to change a diaper, the infant may refuse to return to sleep.
If your child is hypersensitive and their pyjamas are itchy or have tags, or the detergent you use irritates their skin, it may affect their sleep. Consider a white noise machine if your residence is noisy around bedtime. Alternatively, take a peek at the temperature and air quality to get a sense of what might be affecting the baby.
Celebrate small sleep successes.
Perhaps you were able to put them to sleep for 20 minutes so you could shower (congratulations!). Maybe they took a pacifier and pretended to be content for a few minutes while you made a cup of tea (wow!). When you’re dealing with newborn sleep issues, remember to recognise and celebrate the minor victories.
Remember that you are doing a wonderful job. You are the best person to be caring for your little one . The initial few months are so hard—but don’t be afraid to ask for help. Make sure you make time to take care of yourself at the end of the day.