Believe it or not, establishing your own circadian rhythm is easier said than done. Consequently, while newborns are busy trying to figure out the ins and outs of their body clocks, new moms everywhere lose track of their own sleep in the first few months of motherhood. Luckily, we gathered some tips to improve sleep for both mommy and baby because, let’s be honest, the best tips to maximize your baby’s uninterrupted sleep are the tips that help you get more sleep too. You deserve to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every day and so does your newborn, so try out these tips and tricks to make sure everyone gets a better nightly snooze.
A hungry tummy is often the reason for those middle-of-the-night cries. Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed, consider dreamfeeding before you go to bed every night.
In addition to increasing milk or formula amounts throughout the day. Dreamfeeding is when you wake your little one to feed right before you go to bed around 10 or 11 PM. Filling up on calories later in the evening can help reduce or delay the times your newborn wakes in the middle of the night.
Limit the length of naps
All babies need mid-day naps to keep their little bodies rested, but too much sleep during the day can ruin those nighttime hours. We know it can be hard to wake a peacefully sleeping baby, but limiting your newborn’s daily naps to around 2.5 hours at a time will help you both sleep longer during the night.
Stick to a routine
Consistency is key when it comes to helping your baby establish a solid sleeping schedule. It’s nearly impossible to stick to regular bedtimes and mealtimes with newborns, but start establishing a daily routine as soon as you can. Daily habits like taking a bath, dimming the lights and humming a quick lullaby around bedtime will help your little one learn when it’s time to sleep.
Limit toys in the crib
Too many toys in the crib can cause distractions when your baby should be falling asleep. If you keep all of your newborn’s favorite toys in the crib, your baby may think it’s playtime instead of bedtime. Keep the area around the crib free of toys and other distracting objects, so your baby knows it’s time to sleep.
Although it may be difficult, it’s important to teach your baby to self-soothe, and this begins with the sleeping schedule. Try not to let your baby fall asleep in your arms. Instead, place your little one in the crib when he or she is still awake, but drowsy. This will teach your newborn how to fall asleep independently at bedtime and how to fall back to sleep during non-feeding times throughout the night.
Beauty sleep is hard to come by in the first few months of motherhood, so try these tips to improve your baby’s sleep because a baby that sleeps better means a mommy does too.
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