If you’re looking for sleep soothing tips for your bundle of joy, you’re not the only one – we promise! No two babies are the same. And every parent has unique experiences when it comes to sleep.
Some parent’s find that their children have completely different sleeping patterns, for example, their first baby may sleep through the night and their second child may hardly sleep at all.
The thing to remember is, there’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to sleep soothing tips for your newborn. It’s all about trial and error. What works for one baby may not work for another. As a parent, you’ll quickly learn what’s working for yourself and your baby.
How Much Sleep Does My Newborn Need?
Babies of all ages need plenty of sleep, particularly newborns. Many newborn babies spend more time asleep than they do awake. Some newborns sleep for hours at a time, whereas others sleep in short bursts.
According to the NHS, newborns may sleep for up to 18 hours on a daily basis and will often wake during the night to be fed.
It’s common for newborns to fall asleep whilst feeding, or whilst being held and cuddled. Getting into a routine with a newborn can be challenging, especially as their feeding needs change.
In the first couple of months, try not to worry so much about the routine. Focus instead on making sure your little one is getting enough sleep.
Our Top Sleep Soothing Tips For Your Newborn
You’re a new parent. Which means you’re absolutely exhausted. All. The. Time. The parenting books and mummy blogs tell you to sleep when your baby sleeps. But what if your baby isn’t sleeping?
Newborns follow their own schedule and there’s not much we can do about that. However, there are a few things you can do to help your baby get to sleep.
Here are our top sleep soothing tips for your newborn. We hope they help.
Learn To Spot The Sleep Signs
Knowing when your baby is ready for a nap is a good way to combat overtiredness. Your baby will have sleepiness cues. And it will be easier for both of you if you learn to spot these cues early.
Your baby may have heavy eyes or a red face. They may be yawning or crying, despite being fed changed and burped.
Be Mindful Of The Temperature
Your newborn will struggle to settle if they are too cold or warm. Overheating is more likely as many parents believe their baby should always be wrapped up warm.
The room temperature should be between 16 and 20 degrees for a baby, which may seem slightly cooler than expected.
Your newborn should be dressed in layers, such as a vest, a lightweight sleepsuit and a baby sleeping bag. If your little one has flushed cheeks, is sweating or is breathing rapidly, they’re likely too hot and it may be a good idea to take a layer of clothing off.
Be Quick To Soothe Your Crying Newborn
Many parent’s fear they’re going to ‘spoil’ their baby by over-soothing and responding to their every cry. But when your baby is a newborn, they need to be close to their parents. In fact, most newborns sleep far better when they’re soothed.
Leaving them to cry can make things far worse for both of you. So, leave the self-soothing until your baby is a few months old. When your newborn baby starts to cry, be quick to cuddle them.
Make Some Noise
Unlike us, babies find noise soothing when they’re sleeping. Your newborn has just spent many months listening to the whooshing sound of a womb and may find comfort in similar noises.
The traditional ‘shhh shhh’ sound mimics a mother’s heartbeat and may help your baby drift off. Alternatively, you can now download mobile apps, which have a selection of white noise sounds to comfort your baby. Singing, talking and humming may also help your little one fall to sleep.
Go For A Walk In The Stroller
If your baby isn’t settling in your arms or in their cot, going for a walk may be the answer. The gentle movement of the stroller may be just what your newborn needs to drift off to sleep.
If you have a JUNIORJONES stroller, yourself and your baby will benefit from the innovative Tru-Ride 2 technology and all-round suspension, which provides a truly smooth ride whatever the terrain.
Use Gentle Rhythmic Movements
Repeatedly rocking, patting or gently swinging you newborn baby may relax them and help them to settle. Once you’ve spotted the ‘tired signs’ start to gently move with your baby. These gentle rhythmic movements may also help when your baby is crying and/or distressed.
Swaddle Your Baby
If your little one is restless, swaddling may help them. There are many varied opinions on swaddles (or wrapping) a baby. But for many newborns, having a light blanket wrapped around their body can be a great comfort.
You Do You
As a parent, only you know what is best for your newborn baby. Your friends, family and other parents may offer their own soothing sleep tips for your newborn. But don’t feel like you have to take someone’s advice. Just because it worked for their baby doesn’t mean it will work for yours.