With so much to learn it can be daunting as you seek to figure out what to do when he cries (and keeps on crying) it can certainly have you on edge…
Is he hungry?
Is he wet?
Is he in pain – or simply unsettled?
Fact is, it’s also likely he could be tired and expressing his need for sleep!
Of course, sleep is something that a new parent is craving too, and when your baby isn’t sleeping –you’re not likely to either!
Here are four go-to tips to help baby (and you) get snoozing in a cinch…
In the first three months of life, babies have an inbuilt startle-reflex. This makes your baby feel like he’s falling, which of course will wake him up. Wrapping your baby up all snug and tight in a swaddling blanket helps him feel secure and also prevents this jerking, and falling sensation. All swaddled up, he’s certain to sleep better and longer.
There’s few things more frazzle forming than having baby wake up just as you drift off yourself! If you feed your baby just before bed, it can go a long way to helping your newborn sleep for longer – which means you can grab some shut- eye also!
If your baby’s environment is noisy it can mean sleep can be a challenge. White noise has helped many a hapless parent turn their baby’s sleep situation around. White noise masks other sounds and can drown out other intermittent noise. White noise can be the sound of a radio on static, a hair-dryer – even a vacuum cleaner (believe it or not). Pop a fan in your baby’s room and it’s rhythmic blowing sounds should send him to sleep. Alternatively, you can find white noise sound maskers by searching for “white noise” on YouTube and play it in baby’s bedroom to help him drift off and stay sleeping.
Start early in developing routine, structure and predictability for your baby. Your new baby’s experience of world outside the womb is rather chaotic, and consistent practices will definitely be calming for his brain and develop patterns of expectation and cues for sleep too. A routine may include taking baby to his bedroom, wrapping him or zipping him up his a baby sleeping bag, turning on white noise, or singing a song and saying the same phrase each time to signal sleep.
If you have had any luck from any of these or any other methods, let us know in the comments - or share your thoughts if you are still experiencing a sleepless struggle. One for Women’s sleep consultants can also help if you feel you’re still not winning and could use more substantial sleep support.