This is the question I am asked most by new mom’s, “How do I get your baby to sleep through the night?” I have already shared my 5 ways I help my babies sleep, but I also can’t live without these 5 things!
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Elevate the Crib
I had my second child in a military hospital. The one good thing about it was their bassinets. They were elevated almost at a 45 degree angle. This helps with acid re-flux and can benefit a new baby’s digestive system. It kept my child from choking on spit up in her sleep (She has been my best sleeper yet!). Your child might slide to the bottom of the wedge in the morning, but it will definitely help them stay asleep!
Imitate the Womb: It’s Dark
When it comes to babies, they want everything to be like the womb. It is virtually pitch black in the womb, so why not mimic that to help them sleep? When nap time comes, make sure the room is darkened, and at night it should be black! These black out curtains work perfectly. Make sure you get a dark color and hold-backs to let a little light in during the day. I use these with all my children and am thinking about getting some for my room!
Imitate the Womb: It’s Warm
Your womb is the same as your body temperature; 98 degrees! The normal household temperature is right around 75 degrees. Your newborn’s body will adjust to the temperature eventually, but in the mean time he needs plenty of coverings to make him comfortable. That’s why I use a seed warmer to make sure they don’t wake up because they’re cold. I like to put it in their bed before laying them down, and then I move it to their feet while they sleep.
Imitate the Womb: No Empty Space
Baby has been cradled in a perfect sack for 9 months. The new empty space feeling can be scary. To keep my baby from flailing, I use a sleep sack. The pictures on the left are two different kinds. I have never used the one on the far left, but my friend is in love with her Zipadee-Zip and I can’t wait to try it! I’ve always used one like the Halo Sleep Sack on the right. They keep baby wrapped and feeling safe.
Imitate the Womb: Constant Low (white) Noise
Have you ever listened to your heart beat from a Dr.’s Stethoscope? It is pretty loud. Now, think about being inside your body. You would hear your heart beat, lungs take a breath, stomach digest your food, your voice box, plus noise from the outside! Quietness is unnatural to babies. That’s why they love white noise. This cozy Giraffe Sound Machine is so cute, or for constant noise, try this Sound Therapy Radio.
*Please consult your doctor for the care of your newborn and educate yourself about SIDS.
If you’re a new mom, make sure you have these 5 things on your registry and if you’re dealing with a sleepless newborn right now, I hope that this post brings a little relief. Don’t forget to read, 5 Ways to help your baby sleep for more strategies.
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