Sleeping is hard as a mother. It seems as though every time I go to close my eyes for a quick nap, the baby is wide awake. (mamas can you relate?!) Luckily, he was very obedient and we stuck to our guns when it came to his sleep and now he's 2 months old and waking up only once at night and he's giving me a solid 6-7 hours of sleep! If you're interested in learning a few tricks to help the bebe sleep you came to the right place. If you don't do it for your baby, at least do it for yourself! I know you miss your REM cycle!
If you're not swaddling your baby at night, are you even living?! If you've ever seen a baby sleep, you'll notice 2 things. 1. They're extremely loud and breathe weird and 2. They move around ... ALOT. Apparently babies have a startle reflex that gives them that awful feeling of falling. You know exactly what I'm talking about. Swaddling your baby will prevent them from startling themselves awake, helping the newborn baby sleep both better and longer. You are supposed to stop swaddling once the baby can roll over by themselves.
I used the Halo Sleep Sack and it worked great! Regular Schmegular swaddles also work great but if you have a weak swaddle game like myself, you're better off getting one with velcro.
Use white noise
I was so skeptical about this at first. I was like "you mean to tell me ... a loud shushing sound is supposed to put this little one to sleep????"
But sure enough ... it knocked the little guy out instantly. I used an app called SoundSleeper or I would look up youtube videos! This one is 10 hours of uninterrupted SHH!
Although I'm a savage and don't bathe the guy every night, I've noticed that when we do bathe him he falls asleep quicker and longer. I'm not sure if it's the warm water or the baby massage I give him after every bath but the little guy sleeps like a log.
It is known that babies are creatures of habit. I make sure to do the same routine every single night since the day he was born. His routine starts with him getting his diaper changed, he typically wears cloth diapers throughout the day so we switch to a regular diaper at night. I put him in his swaddle and we go straight to the rocking chair. I spray the Lavender Comforting Spray on myself and this helps him calm down. I feed him and rock him to sleep. This whole process never takes more than 20 - 30 minutes. It's never too late to start a routine!
So cliche, I know. But seriously, all babies are different and being patient with them will help you figure out what works best for you both. Although it is frustrating waking up every hour having to change them and feed them, they're only this little for such a short amount of time. Cuddle them, enjoy them, be patient with them because one day you'll look back and wonder where the time went.
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