We know that during the first few weeks of your baby’s life, it’s impossible to establish a sleep schedule or to teach your baby to sleep through the night. Your little one needs to have frequent feedings, so it’s normal for him to experience short sleeping intervals.
Try to sleep whenever your baby sleeps so you can avoid feeling exhausted. Sleep deprivation can lead to depression, eating disorders and tensions with your spouse/family. We suggest the following ideas to help you create good sleeping habits for your baby:
1. During the first 3 or 4 weeks of life, you can swaddle your baby with a blanket so he feels more comfortable and secure.
2. Starting at 6 weeks, you can strenghthen your baby’s biological rhythm by establishing a bedtime routine. A good suggestion is to give your baby a relaxing bath, read a book to him, feed him or sing a lullaby, so when you finally put him to bed, he will be tired due to all the activities you shared during the day. Try to wake him up every morning at the same time and make sure he naps at the same time every day.
3. Make night feedings a quiet affair and day feedings a social activity. In other words, at night, don’t speak to your baby or turn on the light when feeding him, but during the day, do just the opposite: Sing and speak to him, and play with him during each feeding.
4. Establish a difference between naps and night-time sleep. For nap time, you can put your baby to sleep in a baby bassinet in a well-lit room where you can also play and interact with your baby. At night, make sure to have your baby sleep in his bedroom crib, dimming all the lights and creating an environment of silence and relaxation.Once your baby turns 3 months old, he will probably have developed a sleeping pattern by requiring less night feedings. And once your baby hits the 4-6 month milestone, he should be ready to sleep anywhere between 8 and 12 hours straight.
If you feel there may be other reasons why your baby is not sleeping through the night, please consult with your pediatrician.