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The Key to Better Sleep When You Have a New Baby

Frequent feeding and diaper changes can all make it difficult to fall asleep at night. When the baby arrives, there's every chance you'll be exhausted, without strength or energy. On the other hand, there's this little creature that requires your attention 24 hours a day. While taking care of yourself can be difficult when you have a newborn, getting enough sleep should be a priority.

More sleep may not be possible with a newborn, but there are strategies to make the most of the little sleep you do get. Parents should practice the same good sleep habits as everybody. In this article, we will try to give you some advice to get better sleep when you have a newborn in the home.

Sleep When Baby Sleeps

Sleeping while the baby naps might occasionally be difficult, but it's a good idea to try and get some rest. Newborns sleep between 16 and 18 hours per day, that is their regular naps lasting between 2 and 4 hours. Many infants begin sleeping for longer lengths at night starting around 3 months of age, ranging from 4 to 6 hours. Two-thirds of babies at 6 months sleep for most of the night. 

When preparing your baby for an afternoon nap, changing diapers, dimming the light, closing the blinds, play some light music. At the same time, prepare yourself, put on comfortable clothes, turn off your phones, lock the door and lie down. Make sure you provide yourself with a comfortable mattress that suits yours needs to get rest as much as possible. Nowadays there are so many variations of mattresses, and you can find reviews for them all in one place, like Anatomy of Sleep. Even if you couldn't sleep during the day before, take our word that your sleep will come easily on matters that suit you.

Good Sleep Hygiene

The term "sleep hygiene" refers to a variety of actions necessary for a regular, quality night's sleep and complete daily attention. Regardless of whether you have a newborn at home, practicing good sleep hygiene will help you get more rest. That means avoiding caffeine late in the day, avoiding large meals and alcohol before bed, keeping the bedroom cool, quiet, and free of electronic devices, and establishing a regular bedtime.

Electronics such as televisions, computers, and cell phones emit blue light, which can make falling asleep more difficult. If you do use these devices before bed, it's best to set them to "night mode." And most important, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and get out of bed at the same time every day, as challenging as it may sound to a new parent. Just bear in mind that you need to be adaptable and prepare for nightly awakenings when you have a baby.

Help Your Baby Sleep Longer

Many mothers struggle with sleepless nights and fatigue due to frequent night awakenings. But there are some tricks on how to extend the baby's night's sleep. 

Giving your child a meal just before bedtime will help him or her go asleep and stay asleep for at least a few hours on a full stomach. Additionally, nursing your newborn before bed will soothe him or her to sleep and stop sleep problems brought on by unexpected hunger pangs.

Babies who are active all day will eventually tire out and sleep better at night. Therefore, it's crucial to keep the little ones occupied when they're awake. There are so many activities you can do with your baby. It's also crucial to keep a significant window of time between your baby's final bedtime and the last nap of the day.

Relax

Studies have shown that children from an early age can feel their parents' anxiety, and become restless about it themselves. A restless child is hard to put to sleep, so in the end, the parents run all night trying to calm them down. That's why you need to relax as much as possible.

During sleep, the body regenerates its energy. Therefore, getting enough rest is crucial to maintaining your body's health. This is especially true for infants older than three months, toddlers, young children, and teens who are going through a developmental stage. But don't fool yourself, it's also important for the parents as well. Poor-quality or insufficient sleep might have a bad effect both mentally and physically on your health. 

Please pay attention if you start snoring or experience frequent limb movements that disrupt your sleep. Also if you have persistent trouble falling asleep or returning to sleep after the baby wakes. If you fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as while holding the baby or constantly dropping things. If something of this thing is happening to you it is crucial to contact your doctor immediately.


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