Dos and Don'ts of Sleeping Baby

Dos and Don'ts of Sleeping Baby
If there is anything you learn quickly as being a new mom it is the privilege of sleep. Not just for you, but for baby. Crossing fingers that baby with sleep through the night, self-soothe, and keep on a good nap routine. To help guide you through the confusion we are discussing the basic Dos and Don’ts of Baby Sleep Tips. In some way we hope these tips will help both mommy and baby have a better night’s sleep.
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DO: Let baby sleep as much as they need for the first 3-4 months.
Babies sleep a lot. It is normal for a newborn baby to sleep around 16-20 hours a day. However, when they are newborns their circadian rhythms aren’t fully develop so all those hours of sleep are in an irregular pattern. This can be hard because as full-grown adult we are in routine to sleeping at night and being awake during the day. During these months it is crucial to let your baby sleep when they want. Do away with sleep routines until they are about 5 months old. This will mean there are some rough days for mommy but in the end, this will pay off to get the sleep they will need to grow.
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Don’t: Keep baby awake thinking they will sleep in.
How many new moms have tried this? We have all tried this and it just doesn’t work. When baby is tired they need to go to sleep. More likely than not, they will wake up at the same time in each morning.  Something goes off in those little eternal clocks of theirs every morning and they are up. Keeping them up late in hopes they will sleep in usually results in a grumpy, tired baby. That mean it is a long day ahead for you. Let baby sleep!
Do: Have a consistent place for them to sleep.
When you and baby are ready for more of a routine and schedule, it is important to set up a place for them to sleep. We understand how nice it is to let them sleep wherever you are, however, once they are passed that newborn phase it is important to have a consistent sleep place so they associate their sleep environment with bedtime. This will ensure that you and baby are getting all the snoozing possible. Remember, when baby is awake so are YOU. They should be sleeping there for both naps and nighttime.
Don’t: Ignore tired/sleepy cues.
Is baby rubbing their eyes, yawning or being fussy? These are usually your first signs that it is time to get baby ready for bed. If you notice these cues it is important to get baby to bed as quickly as you can. Often times once a baby has passed this stage they become over tired and overstimulated and it is more difficult for them to fall asleep on their own. This will mean you will need to rock or hold baby to sleep and they should be able to do this without your help. Don’t pass that tired baby window and get in a bad habit!
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Do: Create a bedtime routine for baby.
Do you have a night time routine? Why shouldn’t baby have one? Right before bedtime it always seems like our little one gets the most energy. A routine will help them calm down and is key for a good night’s sleep. A routine can look like a quick bath, snuggle time with a book and then off to bed. Chose what works for you but keep it consistent so baby will know when it is time to calm down, relax and doze off.
Do: Use night time routine for naps too.
Naps have always been in a love/hate relationship with babies. It isn’t even until we are teenagers where we understand the true value of a good nap. Using the night routine at nap time can associate sleep with your baby and it will help soothe your baby before a nap. Also, blackout curtains are a huge help!
Don’t: Rush to your baby the moment it makes a little sound.
Your little one will make lots of noise while they sleep. Babies tend to move, coo and groan but this won’t mean they are necessarily ready to get up. We understand it is a natural instinct for us to pick baby up as soon as they cry, however, try stopping and listening to your baby waiting to hear if they fall back asleep before running in and picking them up. This will help baby learn quick to self-soothe. You will know the difference between a fussy baby and a baby who needs something else. This is one of the hardest tips to incorporate, but it will be a huge help in the long run as baby gets older.
Do: What works best for you and baby.
There are so many books and articles out there on sleeping tips and tricks. When it comes down to it you will have to find what works the very best for you and baby and that is what is most important. Gather all the advice you can from family and friends and then go from there. Have it, apply it, and then alter to what will ultimately help you and baby get the best night’s sleep.
We also recommend this in-depth article on helping your child sleep at every age! 
Do you have any tricks with successful baby sleep? Share below in comments!
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