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How to Get a Newborn to Sleep [Tips for Moms from Moms]

How to Get a Newborn to Sleep [Tips for Moms from Moms]

As caregivers, we know the importance of a well-rested baby and the impact of sleep on their development and our sanity.

From the endless nights of rocking, shushing, and pacing to the desperate search for strategies that work — I understand your struggle.

Join me as we tackle sleep solutions that will bring you and your newborn the gift of peaceful slumber. Let’s get into it!

How to Get a Newborn to Sleep During the Day and Night

How to Get a Newborn to Sleep During the Day and Night

Let’s discuss effective techniques to help your newborn establish healthy sleeping habits during the day and night in their first 12 weeks out of the womb!

Week 1

One essential step is to establish a calming bedtime routine. This routine should include activities that help soothe and relax the baby, such as rocking, a gentle massage, or singing lullabies.

Creating a relaxed sleep environment is equally important. You must ensure that the baby’s sleep area has soft lighting and a comfortable temperature.

Keeping the baby’s bedroom quiet and minimizing stimulation is crucial to support a good night’s sleep. Peace and quiet will help the baby settle into a restful slumber.

Swaddling is another technique you may want to try. It can mimic the feeling of being in the womb, help newborns feel safe, and, in turn, aid them in adjusting to their new lives outside.

Week 2

For a two-week-old baby, paying close attention to your baby’s drowsy signs is an important step to ensuring proper sleep.

Watch for cues like eye rubbing or yawning, and gently put them to bed when you notice them. Responding PROMPTLY to their tiredness can help them settle into sleep more easily.

Consider using a white noise machine on low volume to create a CALMING AMBIANCE.

Gentle and consistent background noise helps block out distracting sounds, making the environment more conducive to sleep.

Try to keep nighttime diaper changes quick and minimize disruptions. Avoid using bright lights or engaging in stimulating activities during these changes.

Maintain a calm and quiet environment to help your baby stay sleepy and easily transition back into their slumber.

Week 3

One important aspect at this stage is to share the responsibility of nighttime caregiving with your partner, if possible.

Working together as a team can help alleviate the weight of your obligations. It also ensures that you and your partner get the rest you need as your baby grows.

If your baby has difficulty settling down, introducing a pacifier can be helpful, as many babies fall asleep while nursing. But it’s important to consider your breastfeeding journey first.

For breastfeeding moms, waiting until breastfeeding is well-established BEFORE introducing a pacifier is recommended to avoid nipple confusion!

Being flexible with daytime naps is also crucial. Allow your baby to sleep in various locations, such as a crib or bassinet. If you use accessories like crib bumpers, make sure to use them SAFELY.

Week 4

Sticking to a consistent bedtime routine is essential now that your baby is approaching a month old.

Establishing a consistent routine signals to your baby when it’s time to wind down and prepare for sleep.

When your baby has difficulty falling asleep, even with a routine, simply maintain a calm and patient approach.

Offer comfort using gentle soothing techniques such as rocking, singing, or gentle back rubs.

At this stage, it’s also important to remind yourself to AVOID COMPARING your baby’s sleep patterns to others.

Every baby develops at their own pace, and their sleep patterns will vary! Trust your instincts and follow your baby’s cues to support their sleep needs.

If you’re not exclusively breastfeeding, you can also notice that newborns can fall asleep while bottle feeding as well.

Week 5

By the fifth week, your baby should be somewhat acclimated to the difference between day and night.

At this time, it’s best to maintain an optimal sleep environment for nighttime by using blackout shades or thick curtains to block excess light and encourage relaxation and restful sleep.

Additionally, it’s essential to stay in the 22-24°C temperature range to help your little one sleep better.

You can also consider double-sided crib sheets. This allows swift sheet changes if there are any diaper leaks or spills at night without causing an interruption.

In relation to this, I suggest keeping essentials such as diapers, wipes, and spare clothes within easy reach. This also allows for quick access and convenience.

Week 6

Week 6 is the perfect time to review your baby’s sleep cues. If they show tiredness at the same points throughout the night day, you can determine when they’d prefer to nap and sleep. 

For example, when you repeatedly observe signs of drowsiness after dinner, you can mark this as the best time to put your baby to bed. 

For daytime naps, prioritize creating a SAFE and COMFORTABLE sleeping environment wherever your baby dozes off.

Whether it’s in their crib, bassinet, or baby swing, focus on making sure they have a cozy and secure space to nap peacefully.

Week 7

As your little one enters their seventh week, a consistent bedtime routine becomes increasingly important.

A series of calming activities cue them in for when it’s time to get ready for sleep and helps ease them into a peaceful slumber.

You might find the bedtime routine challenging, but just remember to remain calm and patient and be consistent with your efforts.

It’s common for babies to have difficulty falling asleep occasionally, but with persistence and a nurturing approach, you can help them establish healthy sleep habits.

Continue providing a soothing sleep environment with soft lighting, a comfortable temperature, and minimal stimulation.

These elements help create an OPTIMAL ATMOSPHERE for your baby to relax and drift off to sleep with ease.

Week 8

Coming up to your newborn’s 2nd month, you may have already experienced some nights of good sleep and restful naps. However, sleep patterns can still fluctuate during this stage.

These unpredictable phases can temporarily disrupt your progress toward establishing regular sleep schedules. It’s CRUCIAL not to let these setbacks discourage you.

In these moments, it’s essential to focus on taking care of your baby and understanding their evolving needs.

While it may be challenging to maintain a consistent nap schedule, remember that newborns are constantly changing, and difficult phases don’t last forever.

As you gradually establish a more predictable sleep schedule, you can add a wind-down period into your bedtime routine.

Engage in calming activities like reading a book or singing a lullaby and create a peaceful atmosphere. These can help your baby transition from wakefulness to sleep more smoothly.

Week 9

To support your newborn’s sleep during this stage, you may want to look into establishing a regular feeding routine during the day (though feeding on demand should be prioritized).

A consistent schedule for regular daytime feedings helps regulate their internal clock and promotes better sleep.

In addition, daytime exposure to natural light is crucial for their sleep-wake cycle!

Ensure they get enough sunlight as natural light helps create a healthy sleep rhythm and improves sleep quality at night.

Week 10

On their tenth week, you can practice consistent nap times and routines following your feeding schedule.

By sticking to a regular schedule, your baby will begin to recognize and anticipate sleep periods, making it easier for them to settle down and fall asleep.

Additionally, daytime activities and play are vital in regulating your baby’s sleep-wake cycle!

Engage them in stimulating activities and interactive play DURING THE DAY to encourage wakefulness.

This also helps them differentiate between day and night so they can sleep more soundly.

As for nighttime sleep, continue to minimize noise and distractions in their space to promote a calm and peaceful atmosphere.

Week 11

As your baby reaches the 11-week mark, monitor and adapt to the length and timing of naps so your little one doesn’t become exhausted after their daytime activities.

Gradually increase the duration of naps and bedtime as well to support your baby’s overall growth.

You may also notice that your newborn crib or bassinet is becoming too small for your growing baby. Around this time, it’s advisable to consider transitioning to a standard crib.

Start by introducing short nap times in the crib to help your baby become accustomed to their new sleeping space.

Week 12

Congratulations on hitting the three-month mark! Still, consistency is key to achieving a good night’s sleep for your baby.

Stick to a regular sleep routine as much as possible to help them maintain effective sleeping habits.

You can gradually stretch the time between naps as they grow, allowing them to stay awake a little longer before their next snooze.

It may take some adjustment, but this change helps them get used to longer periods of wakefulness and generally promotes better sleep.

Understanding a Newborn’s Sleeping Pattern

Understanding a Newborn’s Sleeping Pattern

As your baby grows, their sleep patterns will continue to evolve.

Understanding aspects of your baby’s sleep patterns can help you navigate different stages of their life with more CONFIDENCE and PATIENCE.

It can also assist in ensuring you observe safe sleep practices for your baby!

0-6 Weeks

Newborns spend a lot of time sleeping, but their sleep is often fragmented and occurs in shorter periods. This means they’re likely to have multiple naps throughout the day and night.

Their sleep-wake cycle is irregular, and they tend to sleep in short spurts of two to four hours at a time. Expect your little one to wake up frequently throughout the night.

Additionally, newborns have a high need for nighttime feedings due to their small stomach capacity and rapid growth. It’s normal for them to wake up often to satisfy their hunger.

You may also notice some DAY-NIGHT CONFUSION, meaning your baby might be more awake and active at night and sleepier during the day.

This is because their internal body clock is still developing, and they still need to establish a consistent sleep schedule.

2-3 Months

Sleep patterns can start to become more predictable during this stage. You may notice longer periods of nighttime sleep and more distinct awake periods during the day.

Babies at this age may start to consolidate their sleep into longer stretches at night, ranging from four to six hours.

Another exciting development during this time is that some babies may begin to show early signs of self-soothing.

They may be able to fall asleep independently without needing as much assistance from you. This is an encouraging milestone as they begin to develop their independence and sleep skills.

4-6 Months

Around four months in, many babies go through a sleep regression. This can be challenging as it often increases the frequency of nighttime awakenings and difficulty getting back to sleep.

During this stage, establishing a consistent bedtime routine becomes very important. This lets the baby know that it’s time to sleep.

Consistency is key to creating a soothing and predictable environment for your baby.

As your baby grows, you may find them ready to transition from swaddling to using a sleep sack or other forms of sleepwear.

Additionally, babies typically begin to roll over independently at this stage, so it’s important to keep them from rolling over in the crib for safety.

6-10 Months

Most babies at this age will have longer stretches of nighttime sleep, typically around 10 to 12 hours during the night.

Daytime naps also become MORE PREDICTABLE during this period. Babies tend to take shorter naps totaling 3-4 hours.

You should also note that, around 6-9 months in, babies may start to experience separation anxiety.

This affects their ability to relax for sleep, as they become clingier and more reluctant to be away from their caregivers.

Providing reassurance, creating a calm sleep environment, and practicing consistent bedtime routines can help alleviate their anxiety and promote better sleep!

10-12 Months

At this stage, most babies should have developed a predictable sleep schedule. They usually have two to three naps during the day and longer stretches of nighttime sleep.

This increased consistency in their sleep routine allows a restful night’s rest, especially for parents.

While some babies may start sleeping through the night without needing nighttime feedings, note that it DOESN’T apply to all babies as others may still need to do so occasionally.

Separation anxiety may still be present at this age, leading to nighttime awakenings and the need for reassurance and comfort.

Go ahead and respond to your baby’s cues and give them the nourishment and/or soothing they need in these moments.

Establishing a steady bedtime routine and sleep schedule becomes even more CRUCIAL. Regularity reinforces their internal body clock and promotes healthy sleep habits.

At 12 months, you may gradually introduce sleep associations like blankets or stuffed animals.

Sleeping Pattern Challenges 

Sleeping Pattern Challenges

Navigating your little one’s sleep will surely bring some challenges. Remember that these are part of normal development!

Newborn to 3 Months

During this stage, you may face the following challenges:

  • Frequent night wakings – newborns have small stomachs and require frequent feeding, leading to frequent awakenings during the night.
  • Short sleep cycles – newborns have shorter sleep cycles, typically lasting around 2-4 hours. They may wake up and need assistance to go back to sleep.
  • Day-night confusion – some newborns may struggle with differentiating between day and night, resulting in more sleep during the day and increased wakefulness at night.
  • Difficulty self-soothing – newborns often rely on external support to fall asleep. They may need to be rocked, held, or nursed to sleep.

4 to 11 Months

As your baby grows, here are some common difficulties you may need to tackle:

  • Sleep regressions – babies may go through sleep regressions at around four months and again at 8-10 months. These temporary disruptions can increase night wakings, difficulty settling, and lead to shorter naps.
  • Transitioning from multiple to fewer naps – as your baby grows, their nap schedule evolves from multiple shorter naps to fewer but longer naps. This transition can sometimes be challenging and may result in inconsistent sleep patterns.
  • Separation anxiety – separation anxiety often emerges between 6-9 months. This causes babies to wake up more frequently at night and have difficulty settling back to sleep without parental reassurance.
  • Teething and developmental milestones – teething discomfort and reaching developmental milestones (like crawling or pulling themselves up) can disrupt your baby’s sleep routine. These changes often lead to more frequent night wakings.

How Much Sleep Do Babies Need?

How Much Sleep Do Babies Need

In this section, we’ll discuss the recommended amounts of sleep for newborns, older babies, and toddlers.

Children are naturally sleepy because they are growing and developing, but if your baby seems overly sleepy, you may want to consult a healthcare professional for an assessment.

Newborn

Daytime Naps: Short naps throughout the day, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours. They may take multiple naps, totaling approximately 3-5 hours of daytime sleep.

Nighttime Sleep: Sleep in shorter stretches, ranging from two to four hours at a time.

Total: 14-17 hours within a 24-hour period.

3 to 6 Months Old

Daytime Naps: 3-4 naps, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours. They may have a total of 3-4 hours of daytime sleep.

Nighttime Sleep: Longer stretches, having 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Total: 14-15 hours in a 24-hour period.

6 to 12 Months Old

Daytime Naps: 2-3 naps lasting 1-2 hours each. They may have a total of 2-3 hours of daytime sleep.

Nighttime Sleep: Longer stretches with some sleeping through the night. They usually sleep around 9 hours or longer at night.

Total: 12-16 hours in a 24-hour period.

1-2 Years Old

Daytime Naps: 1-2 naps, typically lasting 1-2 hours each. They may have a total of 1.5-3 hours of daytime sleep.

Nighttime Sleep: Most toddlers will have consolidated their nighttime sleep and can sleep for 10-12 hours at night.

Total: 11-14 hours in a 24-hour period.

3 to 4 Years Old

Daytime Naps: Typically around 1-2 hours if the child takes a nap.

Nighttime Sleep: Most children in this age group need around 10-13 hours of sleep at night.

Total: 10-13 hours in a 24-hour period.

How to Establish a Sleeping Routine

How to Establish a Sleeping Routine

When establishing a sleep routine for your baby, especially for newborns, remember that sleep patterns can be quite unpredictable as they are still developing.

Fortunately, there are practices that have been proven to work well for many parents and their children! Here are my recommendations:

  • Follow your baby’s cues. Newborns have different sleep patterns. So, it’s important to pay attention to their signals of tiredness, such as yawning, eye rubbing, or fussiness. Putting them to sleep when they show these signs can prevent them from becoming exhausted.
  • Emphasize daytime wakefulness. Encourage your baby to be more awake during the day by exposing them to natural light and engaging them in gentle play and interaction. This helps establish a clear distinction between day and night and promotes a more regular sleep-wake cycle.
  • Gentle soothing techniques. Newborns often respond well to gentle soothing techniques like swaddling and rocking, making it easier for them to drift off to sleep.
  • Establish a consistent bedtime routine. Implement a soothing bedtime routine that can be REPEATED EACH NIGHT. This can include activities like giving your baby a warm bath, a gentle massage, or singing a soothing lullaby. Consistency in the routine helps signal your baby when it’s time to settle down and prepare for sleep.
  • Encourage daytime feeding. Newborns require frequent feeding, and that includes during the night. However, ensuring they are well-fed during the day can reduce the need for more nighttime feedings. Gradually, this can promote longer stretches of uninterrupted sleep.
  • Observe safe sleep practices. It’s crucial to prioritize your baby’s safety while they sleep. Follow safe sleep guidelines like laying your baby on their backs, using a firm sleep surface, and avoiding excessive bedding, pillows, or blankets in the sleep area. These practices help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and promote a safe sleep environment.

Take note that every baby is unique, and you should ADAPT these recommendations to your baby’s needs and preferences.

By observing and responding to your baby’s cues and seeking guidance from trusted experts, you can find the best approach to establish a sleep routine that works well for your little one!

Baby Sleep Schedule By Age

To help you set an effective sleeping routine for your baby and find your day-to-day groove as a caregiver, here are some SAMPLE sleep schedules you can work around:

0-6 Weeks

As we’ve discussed, newborns have irregular sleep patterns and tend to sleep for shorter periods.

Therefore, you should focus on meeting their needs for feeding, changing, and comforting.

Sample Sleep Schedule:

  • Around-the-clock feeding and sleeping on demand, typically in 2-3 hour intervals.

2-3 Months

At this stage, you can begin to establish a more predictable sleep pattern, and babies may start to sleep for longer stretches at night.

Sample Sleep Schedule:

7:00 AMWake up and start the day
9:00 AMMorning nap (1-2 hours)
12:00 NNMidday nap (1-2 hours)
3:00 PMAfternoon nap (1-2 hours)
6:00 PMEarly evening nap (30 minutes to 1 hour)
8:30 PMStart with your bedtime routine
9:00 PMNighttime sleep

4-6 Months

Babies may start to consolidate their nighttime sleep and develop more predictable nap patterns at this age.

Sample Sleep Schedule:

7:00 AMWake up
9:00 AMMorning nap (1-2 hours)
12:00 NNMidday nap (1-2 hours)
3:00 PMAfternoon nap (1-2 hours)
7:30 PMStart with your bedtime routine
8:00 PMNighttime sleep

6-10 Months

Babies usually transition to a more consistent nap schedule with longer wake windows.

Sample Sleep Schedule:

7:00 AMWake up
9:00 AMMorning nap (1-2 hours)
12:30 PMMidday nap (1-2 hours)
4:00 PMAfternoon catnap (30 minutes to 1 hour)
7:30 PMStart with your bedtime routine
8:00 PMNighttime sleep

10-12 Months

Babies will typically reduce their nap times to only twice during the day and transition to longer nighttime sleep.

Sample Sleep Schedule:

7:00 AMWake up
9:00 AMMorning nap (1-2 hours)
1:00 PMMidday nap (1-2 hours)
7:30 PMStart with your bedtime routine
8:00 PMNighttime sleep

How to Change Baby’s Sleeping Pattern

How to Change Baby’s Sleeping Pattern

Changing your baby’s sleeping pattern can be a slow process that requires careful planning and consistency. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you along the way:

  1. To begin, take note of your baby’s current sleeping pattern, including their bedtime, wake-up time, and nap schedule.
  2. Once you have an understanding of their current pattern, it’s time to implement a consistent sleep routine. This routine should include regular bedtime and nap schedules. By establishing a predictable routine, you can facilitate the desired changes in your baby’s sleeping pattern.
  3. If you’re looking to shift your baby’s bedtime earlier or later, it’s best to do it gradually. Adjust the bedtime by 15 minutes every few days, allowing your baby to adapt to the new schedule without sudden changes that may disrupt their sleep patterns.
  4. In addition to a consistent routine, daytime stimulation is essential. Ensure that your baby gets plenty of activities, playtime, and exposure to natural light during the day. This also helps regulate their internal clock and promotes a healthier sleep-wake cycle!
  5. When it comes to feeding, pay attention to your baby’s patterns and try to avoid feeding them to sleep. Help them distinguish feeding by allowing time to pass between feeding and bedtime. Associating feeding with falling asleep can disrupt their ability to self-soothe and doze off on their own. So, it’s important to differentiate the two and set clear boundaries. 
  6. As mentioned earlier, consistency is key in establishing a new sleep schedule and routine. It helps your baby adjust to the changes and reinforces the desired sleeping pattern.
  7. Finally, it’s essential to remember that changing a baby’s sleeping pattern takes time and patience. Be prepared for some setbacks and adjustments along the way. You got this!

Coping With Disturbed Nights

Coping with disturbed nights as a parent can be challenging, but there are strategies and approaches that can make a difference!

First and foremost, prioritize self-care. Taking care of yourself is CRUCIAL to better cope with sleep deprivation.

Find opportunities to rest whenever possible, eat nutritious meals, and engage in activities that help you relax and recharge.

Incorporating stress-relieving techniques into your daily routine, such as deep breathing exercises and meditation, can also help manage anxiety or tension from disrupted sleep.

Don’t Be Afraid to Call for Back-Up

Sharing nighttime responsibilities can provide much-needed support!

If possible, take turns with your partner or a trusted caregiver to attend to your baby, especially at night, to get uninterrupted sleep.

Don’t hesitate to accept help from family members or friends. This is NOT something to feel guilty about.

Whether it’s watching your baby for a few hours during the day or offering assistance with household chores, accepting support can help you secure much-needed rest.

Another thing is to take advantage of your baby’s daytime naps by napping alongside them. Even short naps can help replenish your energy levels.

Sharing your experiences and concerns can do wonders for alleviating stress too. Talking to your partner, family members, or close friends about your feelings and frustrations is helpful.

If sleep disturbances persist or significantly impact your well-being, go ahead and seek professional help.

Extend Your Patience

Lastly, keep in mind that disturbances during the night are common, as the sleep patterns of newborns and infants are often irregular.

It’s important to be patient with yourself and your baby during this phase. With time, most babies gradually establish more predictable sleep patterns.

Hang in there, take care of yourself, and know that things will improve over time!

Dealing With Sleep Pattern Changes

Dealing With Sleep Pattern Changes

Here are some tips to help you navigate these phases smoothly:

  • Stay calm and patient. Recognize that sleep pattern changes are normal, and be patient as your baby adjusts. It takes time for babies to establish consistent sleep patterns, so staying calm will be helpful for both you and your baby.
  • Observe and adjust. Pay attention to your baby’s cues and patterns and integrate these into their sleep routine accordingly. Observing their behavior and adjusting their sleep schedule to align with their natural rhythms can promote better sleep and overall well-being.
  • Offer comfort and soothing techniques. Provide extra comfort and use soothing techniques like gentle rocking or a comforting bedtime routine. These techniques can help your baby relax and associate sleep with security and comfort.
  • Create a sleep-friendly environment. Keep the room dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature for quality sleep. Using blackout curtains, a white noise machine, or a cozy sleep environment can enhance your baby’s ability to fall and stay asleep.
  • Avoid overstimulation. Minimize stimulating activities and create a calm environment before bedtime. Engaging in quiet, relaxing activities like dimming the lights can signal to your baby that it’s time to wind down.

Baby Sleep vs. Adult Sleep

Understanding these sleep differences can guide you in improving the quality of sleep for you and your little one!

NOTE: These differences are generalizations, and individual variations can occur.

Sleep Cycles

Babies have shorter sleep cycles than adults. Hence, they transition between sleep stages more frequently.

While adults typically experience four to five sleep cycles per night, lasting around 90 minutes each, babies have shorter sleep cycles of about 50-60 minutes.

REM Sleep and Deep Sleep

Babies spend a significant amount of their sleep time in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, especially during the early months. This stage is also associated with dreaming.

On the other hand, adults have a more balanced distribution of REM and non-REM sleep.

Deep sleep, which is essential for growth, development, and physical restoration, is more prominent in babies.

They spend a higher percentage of their sleep in deep sleep stages compared to adults.

Duration

Newborns need more sleep to support their rapid growth and development. They often display a relatively equal distribution between daytime and nighttime sleep.

As babies grow older, their sleep duration gradually decreases, and they start to consolidate their sleep into longer periods at night.

In contrast, adults typically need 7-9 hours of sleep per night to feel their best and function optimally.

Sleep Environment and Regulation

Creating a cozy and safe sleep environment is CRUCIAL for babies. They often find comfort in swaddling, pacifiers, white noise machines, or gentle rocking.

They rely on external cues, such as feeding and soothing, to regulate their sleep. It’s normal for them to have irregular sleep patterns and wake up frequently due to hunger, discomfort, and the like.

Conversely, adults typically prefer a comfortable and quiet sleep environment to help them unwind.

They have developed self-regulation skills that allow them to fall asleep and stay asleep longer without relying on external assistance.

Sleep Independence

As babies grow older, they gradually develop the ability to soothe themselves to sleep and become more independent sleepers.

This milestone, often known as self-soothing or self-settling, varies for each child but usually occurs between 4-6 months and beyond.

In contrast, adults have already mastered self-soothing and initiating sleep.

How Long Can You Let Your Newborn Sleep Without Eating?

How Long Can You Let Your Newborn Sleep Without Eating?

It’s generally recommended to feed newborns frequently, usually every 2-3 hours, day and night.

However, there are instances where it might be considered acceptable to let a newborn sleep for slightly longer stretches without feeding. Let’s explore those situations:

  • Nighttime sleep. Newborns tend to have longer sleep cycles at night than in the day, often lasting around 3-4 hours, before waking up for a feed. If your baby is snoozing peacefully at night, it’s generally okay to let them sleep a bit longer before feeding them again.
  • Weight gain and growth. Adequate weight gain and healthy growth are positive indicators that your baby is getting the nutrition they need. If their healthcare provider hasn’t expressed concerns about their feeding, it may be acceptable not to wake them up for a feed.
  • Doctor’s recommendation. In specific cases, a doctor may advise allowing newborns to sleep in longer stretches without feeding based on their needs and health condition. If your doctor suggests this, follow their guidance and communicate any changes or concerns.

Remember, these guidelines are NOT absolute and may vary depending on your baby’s unique circumstances.

Consult with your healthcare provider to determine the best feeding schedule for your newborn!

FAQs

In the following FAQ section, we’ll address common questions about getting newborns to sleep and provide helpful answers for parents.

Why Is My Baby Not Sleeping Deeply?

Here are some possible reasons why your baby is not sleeping deeply:

  • Babies may wake up frequently if they’re hungry and need regular feedings.
  • Uncomfortable conditions, like a dirty diaper or an uncomfortable sleeping environment, can disrupt deep sleep.
  • Babies may struggle to fall asleep if their sleep associations are absent, like being rocked or nursed.
  • Temporary disruptions in sleep patterns can occur due to developmental milestones, illness, or changes in routine.
  • Excessive noise, bright lights, or stimulating activities before bedtime can make it harder for babies to relax and achieve deep sleep.
  • Certain conditions like reflux, colic, allergies, or respiratory issues can interfere with deep sleep. Consult a healthcare professional if you suspect a medical cause.

What Is the Correct Sleeping Position for Newborns?

The recommended sleeping position for newborns is on their backs, as it reduces the risk of SIDS. This is endorsed by organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Once they can roll independently, they can choose their sleep position, but starting with back sleeping is often advised.

How Do I Get My Baby To Sleep Without Being Held?

Helping a newborn sleep without being held can be challenging, as newborns often crave the comfort and closeness of being held.

You can encourage independent sleep by swaddling, using a baby swing or vibrating bassinet, or introducing a pacifier to your baby’s sleep routine.

If you want to gradually transition your newborn from being held to sleeping independently, you can place them in a crib or bassinet once you observe signs of drowsiness.

Increase your baby’s time in their sleep space so they become more accustomed to sleeping without being held.

Conclusion

I hope that the tips and insights shared here have provided you with valuable guidance on how to get your newborn to sleep.

REMEMBER: Finding the proper sleep routine may take some trial and error. Don’t compare your journey with other parents because each child is uniquely made.

You’re not alone in the quest for a good night’s rest. Just keep trying and be patient. Before you know it, you’ll witness the sweet sight of your little one peacefully snoozing!

Sky Bustillo
Sky Bustillo

Hi, I’m Sky!
As a Filipina in her mid-20s, a sister to young ones, and a tita to my nieces and nephews, I somehow share the same sentiment as other parents. I have a growing aspiration of becoming a mom someday!
But there also comes a worry that you won’t be able to give the best to your children, especially with the food they eat, the products they use, and the new habits and hobbies we introduce to them.
Your kid’s safety and welfare are your top priority, that’s why I always make it to a point to learn from the stories and experiences of other moms.
It’s a delight to share what I learned and know to help the moms close to my heart, and this time, I’m writing to relay advice to you from the insights of other moms and my experience around kids, too.
I’d love to be a part of your journey, and I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful for you and your young one!