7 Sleep Tips for Newborns: Help Your Newborn Sleep

7 Sleep Tips for Newborns: Help Your Newborn Sleep

Seven tips help newborns sleep better, including making sure they are truly awake before putting them down, keeping the room cool and dark, using white noise, swaddling or using a sleeping bag, keeping the environment quiet during nighttime feeds, avoiding an overtired baby, and considering the use of a dummy. 

 

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💤 Tip 1: Ensure baby is truly awake before putting them down to sleep
🌡️ Tip 2: Keep the room cool at around 19-22 degrees Celsius
🌑 Tip 3: Make the room dark to prevent stimulation during wake periods
🔇 Tip 4: Keep the bedroom quiet to avoid waking the baby
🛌 Tip 5: Consider swaddling or using a sleeping bag to mimic the womb and prevent startle reflex
🌙 Tip 6: Create a calm and quiet environment during nighttime feeds
😴 Tip 7: Avoid an overtired baby and follow their cues for sleep
Key Insights
   
- 💡 Newborn babies spend the majority of their time in light sleep and only go into deep sleep for short periods, so it's important to ensure they are truly awake before putting them down to sleep.
- 💡 Maintaining the right room temperature (around 19-22 degrees Celsius) and darkness can create an optimal sleep environment for newborns, helping them stay asleep for longer periods.
- 💡 Keeping the bedroom quiet during sleep can prevent sudden noises from waking the baby and disturbing their sleep cycles.
- 💡 Swaddling or using a sleeping bag that mimics the womb can help calm newborns and prevent the startle reflex, promoting better sleep.
- 💡 Creating a calm and quiet environment during nighttime feeds can help prevent overstimulation and make it easier for the baby to go back to sleep.
- 💡 Recognizing the signs of tiredness in the baby and ensuring they get enough sleep can prevent them from becoming overtired, which can make it more challenging for them to fall asleep.
- 💡 Introducing a dummy or pacifier can offer soothing comfort to newborns, but it's important to remove it at around six months to avoid dependency and sleep disruptions in the future.

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