There are so many wonderful things about having a newborn baby that we all love and adore. The adorable “coos”, the sly little smiles, the first time that they open their eyes and really see you and know who you are…Even saying all those awesome moments are enough to give anyone baby fever again, right?
But what about the other aspects of having a newborn that might not be so picture perfect? You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m talking about the restless and sleepless nights that come along with the territory of welcoming a newborn baby into the family.
And while I have some great newborn baby sleep tips and tricks to share with you, I first want to tell you a quick story on WHY sleep for new moms are just as important as making certain that your baby is getting the rest that it needs as well.
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Even though my oldest isn’t really all that old, I still remember all the sleepness nights that happened between here and I in the beginning of her being a part of our family.
I really felt like I was a walking zombie. It was that bad. And don’t get me started on the circles under my eyes and the fact that I was walking around the house wearing my bathrobe almost every hour of the day. My lack of sleep was completely controlling my life.
How can something so tiny and perfect make our worlds go upside down in such a short amount of time?
Here’s the secret…while letting your newborn sleep is 100% important for their growth and development, it’s almost imperative for the success of your own health and well-being as well.
Moms need their rest, too
Maybe one of my favorite sayings that I’ve heard far too many times is “sleep when the baby sleeps’. (and I’m being 100% sarcastic by saying that this is my favorite)
People who give that advice mean well, they really do…but that statement is in a perfect scenario where nothing else is going on around that is distracting to sleep happening. There are no other kids running around the house, no dogs barking, no Amazon Prime being delivered and everyone being awoken by the doorbell…that’s real life and it’s things like that that keep moms from getting the rest that they need as well.
While I’m no sleep expert, I can promise you one thing. Sleep will come…it just all depends on how you want to help make it happen.
My quick tip for getting more sleep?
Let your family and friends help. Just here me out on this because I was once just like you. When we had our first child, I wanted no one to help me do anything because I was independent and I didn’t want anyone to think that I couldn’t handle it.
And even though I quickly realized that I needed help, I then didn’t know how to go back on my “no thank you’s” and ask again.
Don’t be like me.
Accept the help when it’s offered. It doesn’t make you a bad mom or any less of a mom at all. In fact, it’s probably going to make you a stronger mom in the fact that you’ll be well rested and less agitated due to lack of sleep.
Now that we’ve addressed the importance of mom getting some sleep, let’s talk about how we can help your newborn do the very same thing.
Newborn Baby Sleep Tips and Tricks
Let’s all just agree right now that what works for some won’t work for all, but it’s 100% worth a try to see what will stick.
If you find that you and your babies sleep schedule is completely off-balance, it’s time to take matters in your own hands and see what you can do to help.
The above mentioned what you can do for yourself, so these sleeping tips are aimed at helping your newborn child get into an awesome sleeping rhythm as well.
Create a routine from day one
Your baby is literally learning EVERYTHING from you. So what this means is that if you’re wanting to create a good sleep habit for them, you need to do what it takes to create a sleep routine from the very beginning of their life.
This can be as simple as:
- Rocking them to sleep in a rocking chair or recliner
- Dimming the lights to signal that it’s time to go to sleep
- Giving them a warm bath right before bedtime to help them relax
- Read them a short story to be soothed by the sound of your voice
All of these simple actions can actually help to calm and relax your newborn baby, even if they have no idea what you’re doing or why. The main thing is that you’re showing them that these actions are then followed by the expectations of sleep and after a
Trust in the swaddle
I don’t know what it is about the magic of swaddling, but it just works. I think it’s because it reminds the babies of being in the womb where there just isn’t a lot of space to wiggle around. And when they’re swaddled up, they’re comforted and remember that snug feeling and position.
My daughter LOVED being swaddled. She would literally sleep for hours and never move an inch. That being said, I did have to make certain that I was getting the swaddle perfect or she’d tell me about it with a bit of fussiness after a while.
Breastfeed right before nap time or bedtime
Your child will find comfort in feeding right before it’s time to go to sleep. This also means that they’ll see your breast as not only a way to get food, but also a way to find comfort and feel safe as well.
If you watch your child when they’re breastfeeding, they literally latch on and almost instantly relax. That bond and skin-to-skin contact is a great way for them to ultimately calm down enough to be able to settle into a wonderful sleep.
Now that you know the importance of mom getting sleep and the newborn baby as well, try out some of these newborn sleeping tips and see if they work for you. Just a few simple tweaks may be would your newborn needs to find the best sleep schedule and pattern for them.