Most parents struggle with getting enough sleep after having a baby. They try to get the baby to sleep for as long as possible, so that they can sleep too.
The goal for many parents is to have the baby sleeping through the night. This is defined as sleeping for 5 or more hours at a time during the nighttime. While some babies will sleep through the night at 6 weeks old, others wake up regularly until they are over a year old. Some babies that once slept well may start waking up again. Each baby is different and sleeping patterns can change over time.
Helping Your Baby Sleep
Here are some things you can do to help your baby sleep better:
- Expose your baby to natural light, noise, and activity during the day. Put them to sleep in a room that is quiet and dark during the night.
- When you’re tending to your baby at night, don’t play or talk with them; keep the lights low.
- Try white noise during sleep time, like a fan or the sound of ocean waves.
- Don’t respond to every sound at night. Babies make noise while they sleep. Wait to see if the baby will settle back down before responding.
- Have a calming bedtime routine that you both enjoy
- Get more information about sleep and your infant, including how much sleep they should be getting
Creating a Safe Sleeping Environment
Learn how to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby. It will help them to sleep better and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Follow these tips to help your baby get the best possible sleep as safely as possible:
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep. If they roll over on their own, that’s okay.
- Use an approved crib or bassinet with a firm sleep surface. Do not use any pillows or bumper pads.
- Share a room with the baby, if possible. (But don’t share your bed.)
- Never expose your baby to secondhand smoke.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Keep your baby warm, but not hot. A light blanket is usually enough.
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