Establishing a healthy sleep routine
Whoever came up with the term “sleeping like a baby” obviously didn’t have a baby. Babies are nocturnal creatures (yes, just like owls, bats and badgers) and don’t know the difference between day and night for the first few months. They have just spent the last 9 months in darkness in the womb so it’s understandable. Babies’ tummies are small so they also need to feed every few hours.
Differentiating day and night
Settling them into a healthy sleep routine can be tricky but once you’ve nailed it you’ll feel like you can take on the world. Keep the house bright, with the normal amount of noise during the day, even when baby is sleeping. Don’t tiptoe around them. Getting them used to sleeping in a noisy environment is helpful, as it means that they won’t wake at the slightest sound.
Buy a blackout blind
Keep the house dark and quiet at nighttime, whisper, avoid too much interaction and keep feeds short. They may seem to be awake but could be mostly asleep throughout.
Establish a bedtime routine
Babies won’t be able to sleep through the night until 2-3 months but it’s never too early to start a bedtime routine. A simple one might be – bath them, put on their pyjamas, darken the room, sing them a lullaby or read a quick story, put them into bed and say “goodnight”. They will get used to the “bedtime cues” and begin to learn that this is the start of their “longer” sleep.