As adorable and innocent as they are, newborns can become little terrors when it comes to bedtime. Until they’re 3 months old, you’ll have to ensure that they’re getting between 14 and 17 hours of sleep. Getting your infant to sleep the required 12 to 16 hours for the 9 months that follow can prove to be even more of a headache.
The funny thing about newborns is that, even though they need so much sleep, they’ll be up every two hours wanting to get their tiny tummies refilled. This is where the fun starts. You’ve probably already realized that the term “sleep like a baby” is very far from accurate.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can help your newborn get a healthy amount of sleep each day and in the process, make your own life much easier.
Don’t Stress About the Noises
If your baby’s breathing patterns seem irregular and filled with weird noises during their sleep, it rarely causes for alarm. The breathing control function in their brain is yet to fully develop, which is why they may either take very slow, frequent breaths or have rapid breathing sessions followed by short pauses without breathing at all.
When they’re awake and whimpering, it’s likely a call for food. As we mentioned earlier, newborns require food more frequently and will easily wake from their slumber to ask for more. Small tummies need to be refilled more often.
Create a Comfortable Sleeping Space
The big, bright and cold world is very different to the womb your baby has known since day one. They may find it difficult falling asleep if they’re not comfortable in their environment. Keep them cosy with a small blanket or sleep sack and stick to smaller sleeping areas such as baskets or cradles.
If you (or your baby) prefer to be closer to each other, find good times for you to be with them while they’re sleeping, for example, if you’re working on your laptop or reading a book. This may be a good time to consider your comfort when it comes to sleeping.
Perhaps a new mattress is on the books. In which case, you might as well invest in the best mattress for your needs. If you aren’t sure what to buy, you can use the linked guide to find the best mattress according to Mattress Nerd who are experts on the topic. A good quality mattress can also help you have better quality sleep when you are able to.
When it comes to noise levels, your baby is used to soft, subtle and consistent sounds. A fan or some soft music should do the trick. Refrain from anything too loud and if the lullaby toys are only causing distress, get rid of them.
It’s important to maintain just the right amount of warmth in your baby’s room. Too hot, and they’ll sweat, which has a number of serious risks on their own. Too cold, and your baby won’t be comfortable enough to fall asleep.
Having and caring for a baby is one of the biggest but most rewarding challenges you will ever face as a mother. Get it right, and you can be proud to have raised a strong, healthy, successful little you.