Baby Sleeping Tips for Tired New Parents

by Laura Driver

Here are some of our tips for newborn babies and parents to get some sleep:

  • For stealth purposes, muffle the bedroom door click by looping a thick rubber band between both door knobs to form an X shape over the latch.
  • Watch for newborns’ wakeful periods. They’re usually only 30 to 60 minutes in the first four months of life; put them to sleep as soon as they seem tired.
  • If your baby is sleeping in your room, you’ll want to be able to get yourself into bed without waking them up. Use a white noise machine, and do all your bedtime prep out of the bedroom.
  • Buy an LED push night light that operates on batteries (so you can put it wherever you need it) and turns on with a quick touch. This also helps reduce the “wake-up” signals going to the parent and baby’s brains so it’s easier to fall back to sleep after feeding.
  • Invest in blackout curtains. You may not need them during the newborn stage, but they’ll be you’ll be glad you got them later on.
  • Some parents swear by baby massage, incorporate it into the bedtime routine.
  • Change your baby’s nappy before the nighttime feed to minimize waking them.
  • Put a hot water bottle in the Moses basket or cot, which will warm it up and can sometimes make the transfer from your arms to bed a little easier. Make sure to remove it before the baby is in!
  • If your baby falls asleep in your arms during the day don’t worry about putting them in a Moses basket or cot. Put them down somewhere safe, which may even be the floor. (Not applicable if you have dogs or toddlers at home with you!)

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Written by

Laura Driver

Blogger & Social Media Manager
Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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