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Oh Sophie girl!! You have been such a good baby, for the most part. The beginning was rough though.
What I thought was going to be a colic nightmare (like Blake) turned out to be a lack of sleep and a poor schedule.
So I thought I would share some of the things I learned. I also want to talk about the AMAZING sleep sacks/swaddles I use. Let’s talk about sleep.
These are some of my simple to follow sleeps tips to create healthy sleep habits in newborns.
One of the things I discovered early if Sophie got more sleep during the day she slept better at night. WHAT?? I remember thinking with Blake, “Oh if I keep him up just a little bit longer he will sleep through the night.” WRONG!! The kid didn’t sleep through the night till he was 2 (and that’s because he was in our bed.)
So babies actually need good naps during the day in order to have good sleep at night. And if they don’t get good naps during the day putting them to bed earlier can actually help them sleep more soundly at night. Everything I knew changed when I found this out.
I also learned the importance of a white noise machine and a good swaddle blanket. Both important to create good sleep.
My two favorite companies for blankets are Nested Bean and Sleeping Baby. If you follow me on Instagram you know my love for both of these. Nested Bean has the Zen Swaddle and the Zen Sack and Sleeping Baby has the Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Transition Blanket. (I will include links at the bottom of post.) I really believe both have helped Sophie learn healthy sleep habits.
Early newborns need a lot of sleep and their schedules can be unpredictable. Most new babies need to be fed every two hours until they are back up to their birth weight. Please always follow the guidelines of your pediatrician. This schedule I followed from about 1.5 months until now (almost 4 months.) Traditional sleep training should not be started before 4 months because babies do not have regular sleep patterns (like you and me) before 4 months of age.
So what were some of the things I think I did that helped Sophie sleep better and overall be a happier baby when she was a newborn.
Night-time feedings were very calm, quiet and very little to them. When she would wake I wouldn’t turn on the big bedroom light I would keep a nightlight or small lamp on.
I would change her, feed her, burp her, swaddle her back right after she burped and then lay her back in the bassinet. I would then soothe her from the side of the bassinet and try and let her put herself back to sleep with me soothing her without holding her.
As she got older I would put her back down drowsy but not completely asleep and back off on the adding soothing. We also had lots of nights where it would take awhile to get her back to sleep, but I really tried leaving her in her bassinet and not holding her. If she ever began crying I would pick her up.
During naps I would try putting her down drowsy but not completely asleep. It sounds easier than it actually is and there were times she had to be rocked. She averaged around 4-5 naps a day.
If that day her naps were horrible and she was a crying mess at 6:00 in the evening that is what time I would put her to bed. Once I started doing more research it didn’t take me long to find out that she really wasn’t an unhappy baby she was just tired.
We do not want to let babies get overtired so if baby keeps waking up when you put them down drowsy then do what you need to get them to sleep. This happened often with Sophie and I would rock her to sleep. The next nap or bedtime though we would just try again. Keep trying!!!
I really tried very hard to put her to sleep drowsy, make nighttime feedings uneventful and not let her fall asleep while taking a bottle.
Routine, routine, routine. Routines do not have to be elaborate. Once you establish one stay consistent. I am going to go over our routine/schedule in my next post so stay tuned!!
Every baby is different. Although I believe Sophie’s crankiness came from her lack of sleep that may not be the case with every baby. Take a deep breath Momma. Not getting enough sleep is hard. Sleep deprivation is an emotional thing. It changes our whole lives and our whole way of thinking. If one thing isn’t working for you try something different. Healthy sleep habits are possible even with a newborn.
Reach out for help! There are tons of pediatric sleep consultants out there that you can hire to help figure out your child’s needs. So many articles, posts and social media groups full of helpful ideas.
Go follow Nested Bean and Sleeping Baby on Instagram. They often have sleep consultants do “take-overs” and they will answer questions on their stories FOR FREE!! You would be surprised a lot of problems you are having other people are having too.
Things To Remember:
1.) Babies need more sleep in order to get better sleep.
2.) Invest in a white noise machine and a good swaddle or sleep sack.
3.) Put baby down drowsy but not completely asleep.
4.) Make nighttime feedings uneventful.
5.) Try not to feed baby to sleep.
6.) Establish a routine early on a be consistent.
7.) REACH OUT FOR HELP!!!
You got this. The newborn phase is short so soak in every minute of it. My sweet Sophie is 4 months old tomorrow 🙁
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