Fact: newborns and young infants aren't usually the best sleepers, what with the waking every few hours to eat and all. That's why the phrase 'sleeping like a baby' is so misleading, in my opinion! ;) Understandably, parents often become very interested in how to help their newborns sleep pretty soon after delivery. The thing is, newborns and young babies aren't ready for sleep coaching (we usually advise waiting on that until baby is at least 4 months old and have moved past the 4 month
Before I had children, I remember thinking (based on my very limited experience with babies!) that newborns slept all the time. Most of the newborns I'd see would be fast asleep in their strollers, in their carseats, in their slings, or in their moms' arms, at any given time of day. When I had a newborn of my own at home, however, I learned that my observation was only partly true. Yes, newborns do sleep a lot - but they don't sleep for long!! What's that about, anyway? Why are newborns
We've always recommended swaddling as a good (and safe) way to help soothe fussy newborns and to promote better baby naps and longer nighttime sleep. But, do we need to rethink our position on swaddling babies? At this point, many daycares are banning swaddling and the American Academy of Pediatrics has labeled swaddling an "unsafe" practice in childcare settings. In fact, since December 2012 it is now illegal for child care centers in Minnesota to swaddle at all! Why Are Daycares
We're talking today about something that most of us parents have experienced. It’s brutal. It’s intense. It makes us want to grab the nearest set of earplugs. We're talking about The Witching Hour. You know what we mean, right? That time during the late afternoon/early evening when our newborns suddenly begin wailing for no apparent reason (sometimes for hours a day) and WILL NOT STOP? During The Witching Hour, sometimes nothing calms our newborns. Feedings are fruitless.
It's great to swaddle your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and help your newborn sleep better. In this post, you will learn what swaddling is, why you should swaddle your baby, and 3 easy ways to swaddle so they won't break out. What Is Swaddling? Swaddling your newborn is similar to wrapping them up like a little burrito. You wrap their body, legs, and arms up in a light blanket in order to keep them calm, happy, and sleeping better. In my 10 years as a
When you bring your baby home no one tells you that "sleep like a baby" only lasts a short time. This article will give you 10 tips to help your newborn sleep better. Disclaimer: Before I get to the 10 tips to help your newborn sleep, I thought I should note that it can be dangerous for a new newborn baby (just a few weeks old) to sleep all night. They really do need to eat at least every 3 hours in those early days so they can grow well and thrive. It is also safest to place baby on his
Newborn sleep patterns vary significantly in the early days, but many new parents want to know when they can put their baby on a schedule and what to expect. This guide will teach you about your newborn's sleep patterns and how they will change over time. Newborn Day / Night Confusion When your son or daughter was in mom's womb, mom's movements during the day lulled your newborn baby to sleep and when mom rested at night, you may have noticed he or she perked up. He or she may have started