These tips will help your newborn sleep better both during the day and at nighttime.
1. Take your time
Make sure you wait a little while to be sure your baby is truly awake and not just in light sleep, even if he or she cries from sleep. Light sleep usually looks like the baby is awake due to all the body movements, noises and cry, but if their eyes are closed, they are most likely asleep.
Babies usually will wake up from sleep for 3 reasons;
- Hungry (2 -3 hours after the last feed)
- Uncomfortable (hot, cold, noises, soiled diapers)
- No longer tired.
2. Feed before bedtime
An hungry baby is an angry baby. If your baby keeps waking up at night, chances are high that he or she is hungry. Offer a feed one hour before bedtime to get some hours of rest before the next feed. You can also pump breastmilk so night feeds are faster and easier.
3. Diaper Change
Dirty diapers will not only irritate your baby and make her uncomfortable, it can also irritate her skin and cause diaper rash. Even if the diaper is not fully soaked at bedtime, do a quick change so you won’t have to bother through the night except a blowout happens.
4. Make sure the room is cool
Babies sleep best in cool room temperature. Not freezing cold and not hot. It’s okay if the Air Conditioner is on, just ensure to regulate the temperature and dress the baby appropriately for the room temperature.
5. Make sure the room is dark and quiet
Some babies can sleep in a well lit and noisy room, but if your baby keeps waking up, explore a dark and quiet room to reduce the chances of your baby waking up while in light sleep mode.