It is no secret that most newborns do not sleep well at night. They are generally a bit backwards in their sleep patterns when they are first born, and you slowly have to teach them to sleep during the night and not the day. However, there are certain things that you can do that will help you get your newborn on more of a sleep during the night and nap during the day schedule. This article will include 3 newborn care tips for getting your baby to sleep better.
In the womb, your child was used to being confined to a small area where they couldn't move much. For this reason, you should consider swaddling your child before naps and at bedtime. You swaddle your child by wrapping them up in a blanket that confines both their arms and their legs from moving. You can use a specific blanket made for swaddling that is thin, and you basically simulate a burrito wrap when wrapping them up. This simulates what your child felt like in the womb, making them feel more comfortable and secure while they sleep. They are also less likely to flail their arms or accidentally hit or scratch themselves, which is also great because they will be less likely to accidentally wake themselves up.
Feed Them Right Before Bed
Since newborns need to be fed every 3 hours during the day, and as often as they wake up at night (at least in the beginning), the key to getting them to sleep is to keep them full. As part of your bedtime routine, you should include nursing or bottle feeding very last. Start off by giving them a warm, soothing bath, and then go ahead and feed them. Try your best to get them to drink a good amount before falling asleep, or else they will be waking up earlier to eat again. Once they are done, go ahead and burp them and then swaddle them and lay them down in their bed.
Use A Sound Machine
Your newborn may have a hard time sleeping if there is a lot of other noise around them, or if the room that they are in is completely silent. They are used to different levels of noise from the womb, so to simulate this noise you can get a sound machine. This machine will create a white noise type of sound that will help to keep your newborn soothed and asleep for longer.