Baby Sleeping Tips for Tired New Parentsby 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!)