Instantly Improve Your Baby's Sleep (6 Simple Changes)

Instantly Improve Your Baby's Sleep (6 Simple Changes)

New parents often make mistakes when trying to help their newborns sleep. They miss tired signs, keep babies awake too long, limit daytime naps, create a distracting sleep environment, pick up the baby too soon, and encourage an early bedtime. Avoiding these mistakes can improve a baby's sleep.

 

  •  Missing tired signs can lead to an overtired baby who is difficult to put to sleep.
  •  Babies under four months of age need naps every 45 to 120 minutes.
  •  Limiting daytime naps can result in an overtired baby who struggles to sleep at night.
  •  A dark and quiet sleep environment helps babies fall and stay asleep.
  •  Newborns are noisy sleepers, and parents should wait before picking them up.
  •  Before three months, babies have a late and erratic bedtime.
  •  Avoid frustrating early bedtimes and go with the flow of your baby's sleep patterns.

 

 

 

Key Insights

   

-  Missing tired signs can have negative effects: Missing a baby's tired signs can lead to overtiredness, making it difficult for them to fall asleep and stay asleep. This can result in a cranky and fussy baby who is hard to soothe.

-  Proper awake time between naps is crucial: Understanding the appropriate awake time between naps helps prevent overtiredness. Babies under four months of age need naps every 45 to 120 minutes, depending on the length of their previous nap.

-  Limiting daytime naps can backfire: Contrary to popular belief, limiting daytime naps for newborns can lead to an overtired baby who struggles to sleep at night. Allowing babies to nap on demand throughout the day promotes better nighttime sleep.

-  Create a sleep-conducive environment: A dark and quiet sleep environment helps babies fall and stay asleep. Avoid distractions such as mobiles, wall art, and excessive noise. Consider using white noise to block out external sounds.

-  Wait before picking up a noisy sleeper: Newborns are noisy sleepers, often making sounds in their sleep. Instead of rushing to pick them up, wait and observe if they are transitioning between sleep cycles or simply in a period of REM sleep. Rushing in can disrupt their sleep and make them cranky.

-  Late bedtime is normal for newborns: Before three months of age, babies typically have a late bedtime around 10 or 11 PM. Trying to enforce an early bedtime can lead to frustration as babies may wake up shortly after a short nap.

-  Follow your baby's cues for bedtime: Be guided by your baby's cues on when they are ready for bed. Before three months, their bedtime may vary, so it's important to go with the flow and adjust to their sleep patterns.

 

 

RELATED ARTICLES