How to get your newborn to sleep through the night
Bringing home a newborn baby can mean a lot of sleepless nights in your future. Maybe for the first few days you can handle an hour of sleep here and there, but you will inevitably become exhausted and need a good night’s sleep. Try some of these tips and tricks to get your newborn to sleep through the night so you can too.
1. Perfect the swaddle
Swaddling a newborn baby at night helps them to feel safe and secure and comfortable enough to fall asleep and stay asleep. There is an art to crafting the perfect swaddle so that your baby is snug but not too snug and also so that the blanket is not too loose. To learn more about swaddling and how to swaddle your newborn to sleep, check out this blog post on How to Swaddle a Baby.
2. Use a noise machine
A newborn baby will be used to sleeping in the womb with sounds of the mother’s body and voice comforting them while they rest. In order to mimic the setting of the womb, try using a noise machine to get your baby to sleep. This will also prevent them from being startled awake by noises in the house. There are many options when you are looking for a sound machine. Find the one that is right for you and the baby.
3. Feed before bedtime
Newborns need to eat often, typically every 2 to 3 hours. To be sure they get in as much sleep as possible, set up an eating schedule so that they’re eating just before bed. This will help them (and you) get in a few hours of sleep before they wake to feed again.
4. Try a soother
Some swear by pacifiers, some swear against them. Whatever your initial thoughts are about them, if your baby can’t sleep at night it might be something to consider. Soothers do exactly that, they soothe your baby, this popular item might just be your best friend too if it helps your baby sleep. Find out more about pacifiers to see how they might help you.