Being a new Mom can be seriously tough! Your body has been put through the wringer, and you might not get a full night of sleep for the next couple of months! I remember when I had my son, I became too familiar with waking up at 2:00 AM! It’s hard to be a Mom, but so incredibly worth it! If you like a full night of sleep (and honestly, who WOULDN’T like a full night of z’s?) keep reading for a few of my favorite tips. It’s time to get Baby to sleep through the night, and it’s time to treat yourself to a full night of sleep too!
Play Sounds of White Noise
You might be surprised at how often little noises wake your baby. To keep them from waking up when you peek around the corner to check on them, purchase a white noise machine or a fan. After awhile, your baby will begin to associate the “whoosing” noise of the fan or noise maker with sleep. One day, you’ll just have to turn it on to inspire your baby to hit the hay!
Tip: Did you recently adopt a new puppy into your family as well? Play white noise to help relax and comfort a crying puppy!
Create a Sleep Schedule
My Mom always told me how important it was to put my babies on a feeding and sleeping schedule. Guess what, Mom? You were totally right! Putting your baby on a schedule can make your life a lot easier, and it can make your baby’s life a lot more predictable! As your baby gets older, they will need more hours of sleep.
Here’s how much sleep your baby needs during the first year of it’s life. Use this to plan out a schedule!
1 Week Old: Your baby might sleep from 16-18 hours per day, but only 8 hours of sleep is required at night.
6 Weeks: 8.5 hours of sleep at night time is recommended.
3 Months: 9 hours at night. Now is a good time to start enforcing a bedtime routine.
6 Months: Babies should be getting 10 hours of sleep. Begin sleep training your kiddo now!
9 Months: 11 hours of sleep is needed.
12 Months: Kids should be getting about 12 hours of sleep every night. If you are still struggling with sleep habits at the 1 year mark, it’s recommended that you reach out to your pediatrician for advice and guidance.
Daytime Feeding Should Be Fun
If your baby struggles with napping all day, and waking up throughout all hours of the evening, see if you can make daytime feedings a bit more lively, and the ones before bed a little more quiet and calm. This will help your baby set their bodily clock and better differentiate between playtime, and bedtime!
Older Than 6 Months? Give Them a Security Object
If your child is older than 6 months of age, it might be appropriate to give them a stuffed animal or a baby blanket to sleep with. Don’t give your baby a blanket if they are younger than 6 months old, because this could increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Make sure the item smells like you before you send your baby to bed with it. Babies have an extremely strong sense of smell, and if they awake during the night, the smell of you on the blanket will help to calm them down.