The first few days, weeks, and even months of your baby’s life can be a challenging time for your family to get some shut-eye. Your baby is growing quickly, and their new awareness of their surroundings and developing skillsets can impact their nighttime rest. While no two babies are the same, if yours is having problems sleeping, Desert Blossom Women’s Care has some tips from midwives and women’s care OBGYNs on how to fix sleeping problems.
Put Baby Down for Naps
You might think that being active all day would leave your little one tuckered out, but that’s not the case. A regular naptime is an important part of your baby’s sleeping routine, and if they nap well during the day, bedtime will be easier. Most babies are ready for a nap an hour and a half to two hours after waking up in the morning, even if they don’t seem tired. The afternoon nap should be two hours after getting up from the morning one. Make sure baby doesn’t stay up too late and that you don’t skip naps, even if that means rearranging your errand schedule or letting them finish their nap in the car seat—you don’t want them to be overtired at bedtime.
Make Sleeping Comfortable
A perfect sleep environment, according to women’s care OBGYNs, has a safe crib that’s free of clutter and is comfy. Babies sleep best when the room is between 69 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, so keep the room comfy and keep the crib out of the direct pathway of the air conditioning or heat vents or drafty windows. Don’t bundle up your baby too much. If they’re out of the swaddling stage, a sleepsuit will keep them warm—skip blankets or very heavy layers. Keep the nursery dark, and get a white noise machine or white noise MP3s to soothe your baby and help block out outside noises.
Let Baby Learn Self-Soothing
Some babies fall asleep on their own pretty quickly, but others need a little help. Avoid picking up your baby to soothe them, which requires you to transfer them back into their own bed once they’ve settled down. You don’t want your baby to rely on seeing or touching you in order to drift off again. Ignore chatting, cooing, or whining, and come back and talk to your baby at set intervals in a reassuring voice. If they start crying 30 minutes before their normal wake-up time, soothe them for a few minutes and leave.
Have a Rigid Bedtime Schedule
Changes can throw babies off, so routine and consistency are important for everyone in the house. Allow plenty of time for your little one to wind down. Put your baby down while they’re still awake so that they learn to fall asleep on their own, and check on them in whatever intervals you’re comfortable with until they comfortably sleep through the night. A routine will help once your baby becomes a toddler—sticking with your schedule becomes much more important when bedtime becomes a battle for your newly-independent child.
Postpartum Midwife Care from Desert Blossom Women’s Care
With a new little one in your life, you’re not getting as much sleep as you’re used to. The certified nurse-midwives at Desert Blossom Women’s Care can help ensure that you’re not losing any more sleep, though. We provide compassionate care before, during, and after your pregnancy and work with your women’s care OBGYN to answer all of your questions. Schedule an appointment today.