While SnugLit can help make jaundice treatment less stressful, having a newborn can still come with a lot of struggles. Here at TheraB Medical, we want to help you focus on enjoying your time with your newborn, rather than worrying about how to get them to fall asleep. Here are some tips for when it seems like no matter what you do you just can’t get your newborn to sleep!
First of all, be patient! It can be exhausting to try to predict your baby’s sleeping pattern at first. It can also take a while for any kind of pattern to begin, so try not to beat yourself up if this seems super unpredictable early on.
Swaddling your baby can help them feel more secure — as if they’re still in the womb. Not only can it help soothe an upset baby, but it can also calm them down if they are feeling overstimulated.
Follow Your Baby’s Lead
Sometimes the easiest way to get your baby to fall asleep is to simply pay attention to what’s going on when they do finally fall asleep. For example, some babies like to use a pacifier, some like a rocking chair, and some fall asleep while eating. Every baby is different so you may just need to pay attention to what seems to work best for them!
Feed a Little Extra Before Nighttime
To help ensure a longer night’s sleep, try to encourage your baby to feed a little more during their last feeding before bedtime. Since they eat every couple of hours, this might be able to prolong their first wake up a little longer!
Designate a Sleeping Area
Giving your baby a designated spot to sleep can help ensure that that any unforeseen events won't wake them up. This also allows them to have their own area where they can truly rest and recharge.
Start a Sleeping Routine
Starting a sleeping routine is a great way to ensure that your baby feels calm and secure before falling asleep. This could mean reading a book, getting a gentle massage, or listening to lullabies.
Use Dark and Light Cues
Using dark and light cues can be a great way to get your baby into a normal sleep pattern. These can help synchronize your baby’s circadian rhythm with the natural 24-hour daylight and darkness cycle. By keeping it dim when it’s time to go to sleep and keeping it bright while they’re up and playing, they can begin to fall into this cycle.
Disclaimer: The contents of this article are created for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of a medical professional. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider if you have any medical concerns.
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