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Sleep when the baby sleeps... they make it sound so easy.

Having a newborn is exhausting. There is really no way around it, they need to eat whenever they are hungry and being on the outside can feel lonely so they love to sleep all snuggled in someone's arms. I really believe Mom's with newborns need to do what they need to do to get by and also enjoy those teeny tiny newborn snuggles.


Sleep-Eat-Play-Repeat: Once the fog starts to clear though and things are feeling manageable, you can start focusing on the eat-sleep-play-repeat routine. Feeding to sleep is the most common prop I see in very little babies but if we can try to avoid that we benefit in a few different ways.

  1. Feeding right after they wake allows them to get in a full feed instead of snacking their way through the day.

  2. Can help with reflux and indigestion because they aren't immediately laying flat after a feed.

  3. It gives them a chance to learn some independent sleep skills.


Wake Windows: I know it sounds like such a short amount of time but newborns only have about 45 minute wake windows, and yes, most of that will be spent feeding in the beginning. Once they have been awake for about 45 minutes, swaddle them up, lay them down and see what happens.


Swaddling: I LOVE swaddling but do keep in mind that once they start showing signs of rolling it's time to give them their arms. Ways to break the swaddle are start with one arm out and then a couple days later go with 2 arms out, they will startle more but they will also get the hang of it with time. Another option is going with a loose swaddle so that they can break free as they settle in to sleep.


And if none of this happens, remember that you can just soak up the newborn stage, do what you need to do to get by and we can get them on track later. If what you are doing is working for you, don't let anyone tell you it's wrong, there is no right way to parent, we're all just trying our best.


If you want more information, check out my self directed Newborn Basics Online Course (link below). If you're needing some sleep solutions related to baby sleep or sleep training, shoot me a quick message (corie@corieblais.com), I'm happy to help.


Happy Sleeping, your friendly sleep coach,

-Corie






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