Hi! My name is Lyssa Beth. You can find me over on my blog, writing about things going on with my family and I. I have 4 kiddos, with 1 more on the way. We have been transients for the past 11 years of marriage but hope this last move…is our last! I talk about real everyday life, parenting, my health journey, kids, photography and crafts of all sorts. I kind of dabble in it all. I’ve gone through phases where I’ll love one thing then jump to the next thing. It’s a never-ending cycle!
I’m talking to you today about some Newborn Sleeping Tricks!
Who doesn’t want sleep, right?? Your tired, your body is recovering, and the best thing for the both of you is sleep! So what can you do to help your little one feel safe and comfortable to nod off? I hope that I can help you with some tricks i’ve learned along the way with my own experiences as a mom of 4!
-The Fourth Trimester-
The past 9 months, your baby’s home has been your womb. It’s become accustomed to the sounds and surrounds of your uterus! So now that she’s out, you want to try to make the transition to the outside world as smooth as you can! The term “fourth trimester” comes from this. You want to mimic your uterus, their past home, as much as you can! It’s usually the first 6-8 weeks after they are born.
So with that in mind, here are some great tricks to help sooth and comfort your baby:
Babies love feeling protected. They also can’t control their arms and legs quite yet. They move by reflex. So to help keep them confined, comforted and secure, swaddle blankets are your best friends! Today there are so many swaddle options too! There are too many to count. But they all serve the same purpose of giving your baby that secure, tight feeling. Some babies might fight the swaddle at first. Don’t give up! If you keep it tight and secure, they’ll move around for a minute or two, then stop fighting and relax. Remember, they did that in your womb too!
#2 White Noise
What do you think your womb sounded like for your baby? It’s something similar to what you could hear when you would check the babies’ heart beat every time you went to the doctors. It’s a swishing sound from all the fluid, Some use a white noise App, others use an actual white noise machine. I usually use a small fan. That sound serves a duel purpose. It reminds them of their past home, and it also muffles out sounds that could stir or wake the baby. I know some say that they don’t want their baby to get in the habit of falling asleep to that sounds. But trust me, after a couple months, you can start turning it down and “wean” them off and they are fine. I usually use a small fan in my baby’s room until after they are 1, just until they get their sleeping down. And they are totally fine!
#3 Black out Shades
Right along with the others is the light! If you want your baby to learn to sleep at night, it’s a great idea to invest in some black out shades for the windows. They’ll quickly learn that it’s part of life to sleep when it’s dark. In the morning, you can put it up for morning time. This one is kind of a no-brainer too. I sure can’t sleep when it’s too light!
#4 Fluid Movement
Another great way to help calm a baby to sleep is to mimic the way they used to move in your womb. Since they were immersed in water, they moved in a fluid motion. A great way to do this is sit on your exercise ball, put the baby on your lap, all swaddled up, and start slowly bouncing. Give support to the head but let it be relaxed as it goes back and forth. It is a great way let them feel like they are back in the womb.
Sucking is a soothing technique that babies do. They get that from eating, naturally. But some babies love to suck even when they are not hungry. From my experience, binkies have never given my kids nipple confusion. I’ve introduced the binky pretty soon after they have been born. They just like to suck, to feel safe and sooth themselves. They helps them calm down too. Just another great way to help them to fall asleep. Newborns will probably not become addicted to binkies and once they are old enough to use fingers and hands to self-sooth, you don’t have to give them a binky if you don’t want to. But even my kids, who all used pacifiers, were able to break the habit by 18 months, so it wouldn’t affect their teeth development.
Ok last tip:
When putting your baby to sleep, try to do things that she won’t become DEPENDENT on in order to fall asleep. I know in the moment, you are so tired and you want a quick fix. You think at the time, no big deal. But when they get older, it gets that much hard to break habits. Seriously. I’ve been there. That doesn’t mean you can’t snuggle or sing songs. You can do that all day! Alls i’m saying is when you set up your bedtime routine, try to pick things that they won’t become dependant on in order to fall asleep. From the get-go, try to do things that will allow them to learn to fell asleep on their own.
I hope that these few tricks and tips will help you with your newborn when you get home from the hospital. Sleep is such an important thing for both baby and Mom! The sooner you can get your baby to sleep, the sooner you can too, right? Good luck ladies! This has been fun to be here!