Sleep! Sleep!! Sleep!!!- understanding your baby’s pattern
Trial and Error
Every mother, whether a first-time or an experienced one, has to make those sleep decisions about what’s best for the baby. Most start out with books by “experts” and of course the friends and relatives always have advice for a new mother and baby.
Truth is, Baby sleep hours feel erratic and unpredictable at first. But there will be a light at the end of the tunnel! if what you’re doing doesn’t work, then you have to try something new. Try different things at bedtime to see what works for you and your baby. Everything you read may or may not work but it does not matter. She’s unique and not like any other baby!
What is your bedtime routine? Maybe it starts with a nice bath and then a feeding while holding her close to you. Nothing feels more wonderful than holding your baby close to you after a warm bath. It is calming and soothing for the baby. The gentle cuddles, the sound of your voice slowly speaking or singing to your baby that wonderful fresh baby smell feels just right for both of you – it’s a pleasant and relaxing time for both of you, especially when your baby’s very young, in the first months of their life.
While you can start implementing a simple bedtime routine, your baby is just going to sleep whenever they feel like it. You can try different timing of the last feeding. How is the atmosphere of the bedroom? Cosy. Fewer lightings. The beddings soft and not scratchy or overly quilted? If your baby takes longer to settle and to wind down, then you might need to start your little rituals early in the day. If you’ve been playing with her previously, it might take a little longer to get her to sleep.
Again, be consistent with the routines: of a bath, overstimulation during the day can cause your baby to either sleep too little or sleep when they should be feeding, due to exhaustion. Newborn babies need to be fed frequently to ensure proper development. If your newborn baby becomes overtired (meaning they’ve been awake for too long between naps) they will become fussy, and harder to settle for sleep. The reasons for your baby’s sleep patterns are unpredictable is because of their evolving sleep cycle
Feeding, talking and singing in a quiet, darkened room to help signal bedtime for your baby may all be advice that works for other babies but not Your baby. During this time, focus on making sure your baby gets love, and care they need – that’s what’s most important. Avoid introducing sleep aids if you can, during the phase of adjusting to life with your new baby, it is most important to ensure that their feed and sleep needs are met. The best”sleep rule” for this young age, is to ensure that the baby is sleeping in a safe sleep environment without added items in their crib or Moses’ basket, flat on their back. Ultimately, just do what you need to do to make sure your baby AND YOU are getting enough rest. It is Simply trial and error sometimes! Good nights and not so good- either way-
It does get better.