Sleep tips for Newborns: A quick guide
  • Remember that you are bound to lose some sleep when you have a newborn. This stage will not last for ever!
  • Try to get short naps yourself (15-20 minutes) during the day. Keep baby near you as much as possible when they are newborn.
  • Once you have got feeding well established you may find it helpful to start using a bedtime routine. This signals to baby that it is time to sleep and helps settle them down for the night. You might want to use bath, lullabies or bed time story as part of the routine. Keep it simple though. You may need to use it when you are away from home or may need a babysitter to use it!
  • When tending to your baby at night keep the lights low, your voice low and any fuss to a minimum. They need to learn the difference between day and night.
  • You might find it helpful to use a “transitional object” such as a comfort blanket or a washable soft toy to help you baby feel secure. It is advisable to have a spare. Also this may become VERY important to them even when they are older! (How many teenager's bedrooms are full of cuddly toys from childhood?)
  • When baby wakes at night, don’t pick them up unless you really need to (for example if they need feeding). You may find that your soothing voice and gently stroking their forehead is enough to soothe them. Learn to spot their early feeding cues; for example, rapid sucking of hands, rapid head, mouth and eye movements (looking for food).
  • Help your baby to feel secure during the day. Sometimes newborn babies find it very unsettling being passed around too many people. Be alert for if your baby looks like they are becoming over stimulated and unsettled. Sometimes you may need to take your baby away from visitors, into a quiet room for a little while.
  • Try to put baby in their cot whilst sleepy but still awake when possible, so they become used to soothing themselves off to sleep.