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Getting your little one to sleep like a baby can be a lot easier said than done. Huggies has compiled articles, advice and answers on how to get both you and your newborn snoozing soundly.

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Sleep Training Your Baby

Babies are supposed to sleep for 12 to 14 hours a day—question is, why must they be so wide-awake at night? Here’s some sanity-saving advice from moms who got their little ones to snooze like champions.

Give your child a little time. Another mom in the playgroup may brag about her baby sleeping through the night at five weeks, but for most kids, it doesn’t happen until the four-month mark, says parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley, co-author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night. "Attempting to regulate a newborn’s sleep cycle before it’s biologically possible makes for an unhappy baby and a frustrated parent," she adds.

Teach your child that bed is a comforting place. "Let the baby spend some time during the day in the crib, while you read, talk, sing, play," Pantley suggests. "If he responds positively and becomes interested in watching a mobile or playing with a toy, stand or sit quietly nearby and watch. Do this a few times a day for a week or so and a baby will come to know his crib as a welcoming, safe, and comfortable haven. When he wakes there during the night, he’ll find it easier to go back to sleep."

Crying it out is not a must. Some sleep methods call for letting kids cry it out after you’ve put them to sleep, but Pantley’s not for that. "The baby will eventually stop crying and sleep," says Pantley, "but that doesn’t mean he has learned skills for how to fall asleep." She suggests a little patience—and step-by-step adjustments. "If a baby has been falling asleep in your arms and you suddenly decide to put him in the crib awake, of course he will cry—it’s confusing!" she says. "You might at first keep your hands on him, patting and rubbing and gently shushing him to help him get settled. Work your way toward sitting there without physical contact, then move your chair away from the crib, and finally, sit outside the doorway." It may take weeks, but keep up the baby steps and you’ll get there.

Cut back on help. If you’ve been rocking baby back to sleep when she wakes in the middle of the night, says Pantley, "the next step is to begin reducing that. As a parent becomes less involved in the falling-asleep process, over time the baby will begin to doze off without assistance."

Do what works for your family. You’ll get plenty of advice (sought and unsought) about how to solve sleep dilemmas. Try the techniques that make sense to you," encourages Pantley: "It reduces stress if parents follow their hearts and do what they think is best for them and their baby."

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5 Daytime Habits to Help Your Baby Sleep Better at Night

Out of all three of my children, only one of them was a great sleeper from the very beginning. She could sleep anywhere and at any time. She slept through the night early and really made it so that I could get a restful night’s sleep.

My other two were the exact opposite — they were horrible sleepers from the very beginning. They really made it tough on me not only to get sleep myself, but to get them to sleep. It was because of them that I really had to do some research on sleep tips. I read books, spoke with friends, spoke with my pediatrician. I was so exhausted that I was willing to do whatever it took to not only get my kids sleeping at night, but to also help create great sleeping habits for a long time.

While there are several things I did at night to help promote better sleep (blackout curtains, sound machine) there was also a lot that I did during the day to help them sleep better at night.

Here are five things that helped my little ones sleep better at night, which in turn helped me sleep better too!

  1. Timing the Last Nap Perfectly
    Be very careful of that last nap. My son loved to fall asleep later in the day and his nap kept creeping closer and closer to bed time. Once bedtime did arrive, he didn’t want to go to sleep. Make sure that last time is timed correctly and they have at least four hours of awake time before bedtime.

  2. Making Sure They Were Full
    I wanted to make sure that my little ones had a full belly when going to bed each night, so I made those last feeds just a little bit longer so that they wouldn’t get hungry and wake up in the middle of the night.

  3. Keeping a Proper Daily Routine
    Routine is key. Make sure that you’re sticking to it throughout the day and especially before bed. That way they know what to expect when it comes that time when they need to go to sleep.

  4. Not Skipping Naps
    While I used to think that skipping a nap would in turn help my little one sleep more at night, I was very wrong. Skipping a nap only agitated them and made that dreadful “witching hour” just that much more dreadful. Babies and toddlers need sleep throughout the day, so make sure you stick with the nap and take advantage of that time when they are sleeping.

  5. Making Sleep “Happy”
    Overall, you want to make sleep time a happy time. You want your little one to look at sleep as a positive, not as something that keeps them away from you. Put them down with a smile on your face. Make their sleep environment a peaceful one. The more and more you do this, the more they will love going to sleep each night.

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The 4 Hour Schedule At 4 Months That Helped Us All

By:Andrea Howe

Right around the time my son turned four months old, we started to notice a bit of a change in him, in particular to his sleeping and eating patterns. I tried to be very loose and laid back about his schedule from the get-go, and didn’t force a strict timeline to our day, but a rather consistent routine developed anyhow. He would get really sleepy and ready for a nap every 1-1.5 hours, and then nap for roughly 1.5-2 hours, so he naturally was eating about every 3 hours. His schedule for the most part was very “textbook”. At about 4 months old though, as I said, he started to change. Here’s how a slight adjustment to his routine made for a smoother day (and night).

When Hayden turned four months old we noticed that after 3 hours he just wasn’t that hungry and was starting to eat less and less, but seemed hungrier more often throughout the day, and he was also waking up more at night, starving and taking full feedings. We also noticed that he wasn’t really sleepy and ready for a nap anymore after being awake for an hour or so. He was starting to fight his naps a bit more. He was definitely changing.

One of the parenting books that I followed quite closely when I was a new mom dedicated an entire chapter to baby’s development and growth during the fourth month of life, and talked in detail about how important it was to change their routine a bit to account for this growth. I briefly remembered this so revisited the topic and sure enough, it stated that at four months, babies are growing so much that they can handle being up for longer, and need a bit more stimulation and awake time to get them properly tuckered out for a nap. In terms of feedings, they are also starting to be ready to eat more per feeding, and less often. The idea is to stretch out their feedings so that they are hungry enough to take a full feeding and not just snack. It seemed clear at this point that Hayden was snacking throughout the day, and by night time was ravenous because he wasn’t getting enough calories during the day.

So we gradually over the course of about 3 days started to stretch out his feedings to every 3.5-4 hours. We also then kept him up a bit longer, more like 2 hours, before we put him down for a nap. By the end of the transition he had dropped a feeding completely, but he was eating much more at those feedings than he was before. He also dropped a nap.

His schedule now looks roughly like this everyday:

Wake 7 am and eat.

Nap from 9-10:30/11 am

Eat at 11 am

Nap from 1-3:30/4 pm

Eat at 4 pm

Catnap from 5:30-6

Eat and bedtime by 7:30

Eat again at 10:30-11pm

Sleep till about 4:30 and eat again

Up for the day at 7:30 to start again!

Moving from a 3 hour routine to a 4 hour routine definitely helped all of us. Hayden is happy hanging out with us a bit more during the day and is less hungry between feedings and at night. We’re happy to be waking up less, although the routine is by no means perfect. Just last night he was up about 4 times just wanting to hang out with us! But for the most part we are all doing great now that we are on a 4 hour schedule.


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Bonding at Bedtime

"Too often, families have so much going on that bedtime becomes a frantic time of finishing dinner, squeezing in baths, trying to share the news (for the first time) from that day," Dr. Dawn Huebner, a clinical psychologist and author of What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (Magination Press, 2005) explains "It is better for kids to have a half-hour or so before bedtime to connect with their parents in a positive way — to talk and play and be together."

Bedtime can get even more hectic, when you start introducing underwear at night. Some kids and parents get anxious with the thought of nighttime accidents. However, nighttime wetting is a very normal thing and nothing that can be trained; it must be outgrown. In fact, one-in-six children age 3 - 6 still sometimes wet the bed. Most of the time, nighttime wetting happens simply because the child’s bladder control isn’t mature. Just as children develop fine motor skills and language skills at different rates, they develop bladder control on their own schedules as well.

So, how do you handle your child’s nighttime wetting? Since all you can do is wait until your child’s bladder matures, using GoodNites® Bed Mats can help your child rest through the night and help you cut down on sheet changes. Visit coupons.com for a coupon. In addition, below are some easy steps to help make bedtime a relaxing time.

Creating a Relaxing Bedtime

Dr. Huebner recommends turning electronics off an hour before bedtime, leaving time for a 30-minute nighttime activity that is interesting and fun without being overstimulating: a nighttime walk, a family game, a puzzle, the telling of family stories or other calming event.

Then, Dr. Huebner advises a three-part bedtime routine that she calls "shift, snug and snooze."

Shift Time

 

"Shift time" is the 5 or 10 minutes that provide the transition to bed — a light snack, a final hug to all the pets, washing up, etc.

If you are ready to try underwear at night, you can add GoodNites® Bed Mats to your shift time. They are a simple way to give your child restful nights and help you cut down on sheet changes.

Snug Time

Then kids climb into bed for "snug time," which can be 10 to 15 minutes of reading or talking with Mom or Dad.

Snooze Time

"Snooze time" is the last part of the bedtime routine — maybe a brief back rub or a favorite song, or a special way of saying I love you — the final two or three minutes that signals kids to close their eyes, snuggle down and fall asleep.

"The shift-snug-snooze routine helps kids feel calm and connected, rather than keyed up and hungry for parental attention — the perfect recipe for sleep," Dr. Huebner says.

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Rockabye Baby Sleep Timeline

Ask any new parent what they wish for most and the common answer will likely be a good night’s sleep. Most babies however seem to know how to do it very well. In fact, they sleep most of the day (even though it’s in short stretches and not always long enough for mom to take a shower….).

But how do you know whether your baby’s patterns are normal and when will he finally start to sleep through the night? At the beginning, you may find it hard to get a cute picture of your baby without his or her eyes closed since, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants up to one year should sleep about 12 to 16 hours or more a day. And that sleep usually comes in 1 to 4 hour stretches, with the intervening hours filled with feeding, bathing and diapering. And of course, some babies get day and night mixed up so their liveliest waking hours hit just when you’d like to be hitting the sack.

So how much sleep does your baby really need? Here’s some sleep facts from the American Academy of Pediatrics and BabyCenter.com:

  • In the first few weeks of life, babies need their rest and their sleep patterns are usually unpredictable. They’re not ready for a true schedule. Plan to be up several times in the night to change, feed and comfort your infant.
  • At 6 to 8 weeks, most babies begin to stay awake longer between naps, sleeping for shorter periods during the day and longer at night. Some even begin to sleep through the night (for 8 hour or more stretches) by as early as 6 weeks, but that won’t happen for others until at least 5 or 6 months. If you have an all-night sleeper, you might not want to brag too much about it to the other bleary-eyed parents at the playground. Just enjoy your zzzzz’s privately.
  • By 4 months, babies begin to follow a more predictable pattern of daytime sleep and have dropped most of their nighttime feedings. Many experts advise you start to give your baby the chance to fall asleep by himself by laying him down when he’s sleepy but still awake.
  • You can start to plan regular naps and begin to establish bedtime routines when baby reaches about 6 months. Baby will now be sleeping about 15 hours a day, including naps.
  • By 9 months babies begin to consolidate their naps down to 2, taking one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Help baby sleep through the night by staying dry for up to 12 hours in Huggies® Overnites Diapers. 
  • From one to two years old, babies sleep about 11 to 14 hours in a 24-hour period (including naps) and from age 3 to 5 it drops to 10 to 13 hours of rest. 

As your child grows, consistent bedtime rituals of bathing, quiet time and bedtime stories will relax him and prepare him for bed. Soon you’ll be having quiet evenings and nights of uninterrupted sleep. And just wait till the teen years when they sleep till noon!

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Spring Forward, Fall Back, Tips to Keep Baby & Toddlers Sleep Schedules on Track

When it comes to sleep, newborns tend to have a straightforward schedule because they pretty much spend an average of 16 hours a day sleeping. In fact, most babies won’t develop a regular sleep cycle until sometime around 6 months of age. Of course, that doesn’t mean that parents have the luxury of waiting half a year before considering their little one’s sleep schedule.

“Sleeping is one of the first things that babies learn as an independent skill and we have to support them in learning that skill,” says Marianne Jacobson a certified sleep coach, doula and owner of Pediatric Sleep Consulting in Seattle. “Setting up good sleep habits from the beginning will help baby become a better sleeper.”

Here’s what you need to know about how to help keep baby’s sleep schedule on track now and in the future.

Plan for an early bedtime


According to Jacobson, the most common sleep schedule challenges are often due to baby not getting enough sleep. If your little one goes to sleep too late, or the gap between the end of the last nap and bedtime is too long, baby will probably not sleep well. What to do? When in doubt, simply put your little one to sleep earlier.

Nurture independence


Try to avoid putting baby down when she is super exhausted (eye rubbing and overall fussiness are clues) or when she is already asleep. To help your little one learn how to fall asleep on her own, Jacobson recommends putting baby down when she is awake and in a “calm and alert” state. This will not only make things easier on you and baby, it’s also a great way to help support your little one in gradually developing the ability to be able to fall asleep without you.

Be a stickler about sleep


“It is imperative that parents maintain baby’s sleep schedule on the weekend,” says Jacobson. Babies can’t distinguish between weekdays and weekends, but they certainly can (and do) react to disrupted schedules. If you’re heading out on a Saturday night, get a sitter so that baby can continue to follow her sleep schedule. You can ensure that baby stays comfortable and dry throughout the night with Huggies® Overnites Diapers. If baby must go with you, squeeze in an extra late nap so that your little one will have the stamina to stay awake. Just keep in mind, baby’s body clock may be thrown off for at least 24-36 hours after your late night, so you might have to work a little harder to get the sleep schedule back on track.

Monitor daytime calories


When babies get plenty of calories during the day, they are more likely to have an easier time going to sleep at bedtime and getting a better night’s sleep overall. If your little love does not get enough calories in during the day, it could lead to all-night feedings as baby tries to catch up on the calories that were not consumed in the daytime. It's always best to discuss with your pediatrician before making any changes, they'll advise you based on your baby's health, age, weight and feeding schedule.

Rule out medical issues


You may find that you are doing everything right and following the best advice, but still your little one does not sleep well. Keep in mind that there are many medical issues that can complicate sleep too. Babies with reflux, sleep apnea, low calorie intake and other medical challenges can definitely have difficulty sleeping. Always contact your pediatrician to discuss any possible medical concerns that you may have about your baby. 

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5 Ways to Give Baby a Great Night’s Sleep

While parenting your baby is full of surprises, one thing is for sure – a well-rested baby is a happy baby. Creating nighttime routines is one of the best ways to ensure that your baby will get to bed easily and sleep comfortably for longer stretches of time. Here are five suggestions for establishing a winning bedtime plan.

  1. Tone down the room. By dimming the lights and turning off all TVs and other screens you can start to prepare baby for a soothing transition to bedtime.  Bringing the energy level down and playing soft music will help your baby relax and feel calm.

  2. Prepare a warm bath. A gentle bath is a lovely way for baby to end their day and transition from dinner to bed. If your baby gets upset when you wash and rinse their hair, save that part of the bath for daytime. The bath shouldn’t be long, but it should include baby specific bath products and soft cloths and towels for their sensitive skin.

  3. Incorporate story time. Reading to your baby is one of the best things you can do for them. Nighttime reading not only introduces your baby to words and rhythms, but also allows for quality cuddle time before bed. Choose books that focus on going to bed, such as a tried and true classic like Goodnight Moon, or books with a repetitive rhythm like Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Set up a reading chair in the nursery so you can easily put baby down in the crib as soon as the reading time is over.

  4. Consistency is key. When establishing a bedtime routine it’s important to keep things the same, and don’t drag it out too long. Work backwards from your baby’s ideal bedtime, and create a routine that can be completed in about 30-45 minutes. You baby will start to automatically recognize the cues and will look forward to winding down the day and preparing for sleep. If you will be out of town or your schedule will be out of whack be sure to pack key elements of the routine such as books, Huggies® OverNites®, and baby bath soap, so your baby can still have a good night’s sleep.

  5. Help baby stay dry all night.Keeping baby dry overnight can help prevent nighttime waking and let baby sleep longer. To ensure your little one is comfortable all night long, swap out your regular daytime diaper for one made especially for nighttime. Huggies® OverNites®  hug them all night with a diaper scientifically designed for sleep. These nighttime diapers prevent leaks and let baby's skin breathe, helping keep them protected and fast asleep.

Building a foundation for a good night’s sleep is a gift you can give your baby. By establishing a regular bedtime ritual, making sure baby stays dry all night, and creating a calm atmosphere, you will help your baby sleep better so you can all have a good night and an even better next day.

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Tips to Get Baby & Toddler to Sleep at the Same Time

Sleep is essential for your child’s healthy mental and physical development, but ensuring sound slumber can be difficult when your family dynamic—parents + toddler—changes overnight. Here’s some expert advice on how to lull your newborn and your firstborn to sleep from the start.

The Basics of Sleep

Your newborn will spend the first few weeks of life trying to acclimate to the world outside of the womb, so he or she may follow an irregular schedule, sleeping between 10 ½ and 18 hours a day. By three months and throughout the first year, baby will sleep between 14 and 15 hours daily (including two to three hours of daytime sleep).

Sleep needs vary by age, so your toddler (12 to 36 months of age) may only sleep between 12 and 14 hours daily (including two small naps, or one longer nap); however, the introduction of a new sibling may temporarily disrupt your eldest child’s sleep schedule.

Creating a Bedtime Routine

At a young age, children learn to crave structure, so it’s vital to establish (and stick to) a comforting and loving bedtime routine once baby begins to follow a more consistent sleep schedule. Every night, about 30 minutes before bedtime, begin your wind down/bedtime routine, which may include: a warm bath, story time, breast- or bottle feeding, and some gentle baby massage. Before summoning the Sandman, change your little one into a Huggies® OverNites Diapers to help protect baby’s skin during the night by keeping him or her comfortable and dry, thanks to the SnugFit waistband that will stay in place throughout the night, no matter how baby tosses and turns. Feel secure knowing that Huggies® OverNites Diapers —the #1 selling nighttime diaper—eliminate middle-of-the night diapering, as they offer up to 12 hours of protection.

Place your little one in a safe, comfortable crib when baby begins to show signs of drowsiness—yawning, crying, eye rubbing—but, most importantly, while he or she is still awake. If you want your child to sleep through the night, he or she has to learn the skill of falling asleep (and falling back to sleep, if he or she awakens during the night) without assistance, so you must make sure that your baby is not asleep when entering the crib. This skill can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to master, and, although the process may be tear-filled (for both of you), the result will be less fragmented sleep for everyone in the home.

Your toddler most likely has a consistent bedtime routine in place—including slipping into Pull-Ups® Night*Time Training Pants to help him or her stay consistent with potty training both day and night—but adjustments may need to be made now that baby makes four. Your firstborn should continue to be placed in bed while awake at the same time each night to reinforce the importance of sleep, but feel free to add a new component into the bedtime routine to allow your toddler more quality time with you and to feel just as special as his or her new sibling.

If either child wakes during the night, have an agreed upon plan with your partner in place on how to handle the situation—perhaps you pop into your child(ren)’s room to reassure him or her that everything is alright, or maybe you choose to leave him or her to self-soothe. Any deviation from the plan, especially from one parent to another, will cause confusion for your child(ren) and may result in more sleep disruption.

Navigating a Shared Bedroom

If you and your partner decide to have your baby and your toddler share a bedroom, whether due to space constraints or the desire for them to use the experience to bond, ensure that the space is conducive for good quality sleep. You can hang heavy, blackout curtains to reduce both light and noise, as well as set the thermostat to approximately 65 degrees to slightly lower your children’s body temperatures and promote sleep.

Allow your children to connect with their shared space by diapering, playing, and preparing for both naptime and bedtime within the room. As your toddler’s bedtime may differ from your baby’s bedtime (staggering the times allows for more one-on-one time with your eldest child), teach your firstborn to remain quiet as he or she falls asleep, awakens to use the restroom in the wee hours of the morning, and arises to begin his or her day.

You and your children will need time to adjust to your new normal, so don’t forget to give yourself some grace as you work to create a healthy sleep situation for the whole family.

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6 Simple Things That Helped Our Baby Start Sleeping Longer

Getting babies to sleep can definitely be a bit of a challenge. As I first-time mom, I spent days upon days of my life fretting over how to make sleep happen and worrying about why it wasn’t happening soon enough. With my second baby, I have learned to go with the flow a bit more. I am thankful to have had some perspective this time around, so that when I had those moments of feeling like the sleepless nights were never going to end, I knew that it wasn’t actually true.

But while I’ve realized that babies do start sleeping more eventually, but I’ve also realized that sometimes they need a little bit of help in getting there. Everyone has their own approach when it comes to babies and sleep, but sleep training techniques aside, we found a few things that helped our little one begin to sleep.

1. Moving to his own room

For a long while, I thought that room sharing was the best option for us to get extra sleep. Since our baby was waking 4-6 times each night to nurse for a good long while, it made sense. Around the time he was 6 months old though, I began realizing that this might have been more out of habit than actual hunger. We moved him to his own room and he ended up sleeping much more soundly – maybe because our noises weren’t waking him anymore!

2. Blackout shades

I cannot say enough good things about having a blackout shade. With the sun staying out longer each evening and rising earlier each morning, our baby had taken to waking with the sun and taking awhile to fall asleep as well. A blackout shade has helped remedy the problem, and we’re getting 1.5 to 2 more hours of sleep each night now — not to mention the fact that nap times are so much easier as well!

3. White noise

I procrastinated using white noise for our baby for quite some time, since he seemed to be able to fall asleep just fine without it. It had become something our older daughter was dependent on until she was nearly three, so I was hoping to keep our sleep routine more minimal this time around. The problem is though, little noises would often wake him and with an older sibling around, sleep disruptions from loud noises occur pretty often. We added white noise to the mix and the sleep has been a lot better ever since.

4. Using a wearable blanket

We had never used a wearable blanket for my daughter, so I didn’t really think to use one for my son, but someone gifted us one and it was brilliant! Not only does it keep our boy cozy and warm, but the mere sight of it serves as a sleep association. He’s so used to it as part of our nightly routine that he starts nodding off almost as soon as I put it on him! This Dumbo one from Disney Baby is a really cute option.

5. Daddy going in to comfort instead of Mommy

Because I nurse, I had always been the one to go in to soothe our little man in the middle of the night. In the past couple of months though, we made the switch so that my husband is now the one to go in and soothe him during middle-of-the-night wake-ups. After a week or so, he was hardly waking up in the night anymore, because he knew that it wasn’t time for a midnight snack. He still wakes up sad occasionally and a quick snuggle from Daddy seems to do the trick quite nicely.

6. Huggies Overnites

Changing diapers in the middle of the night is a bit of a pain and ever since our boy started eating solids and drinking water in earnest, the diaper changes have been a lot more frequent. Switching to Huggies Overnite diapers made a world of difference. I swore by them with my daughter, and I still think they’re the bee’s knees. No more early morning wake ups just for a diaper change!

Helping your little one find more sleep makes a world of difference on everyone’s outlook. Well-rested parents and babies are happy parents and babies! It may take a bit, but with time and a bit of trial and error you’ll find that sleep together.

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3 Ways I Got Through Sleep Deprivation as a New Mom

One thing that I heard several times during my pregnancy with my first was to “sleep before the baby comes, because you won’t sleep for a long time after.” I always laughed at the statement. How bad could losing a little sleep be? It wasn’t until the first night home with her that I laughed at myself for thinking that. Getting up every two hours and then not having a baby that wanted to go back to sleep was completely and totally exhausting.

Every day for the next few months, I felt like a walking zombie. The lack of sleep was really getting to me, and sometimes I just begged for a quick five-minute nap. You know it’s bad when you just want to close your eyes for five minutes.

Six years later, I get a little bit more sleep than I did, but now I’m used to the lack of sleep that comes with motherhood. Thankfully, there were things that I’ve done over the years that have helped with the sleep deprivation.

  1. Ask for help.
  2. This is probably the best thing you can do for yourself, especially if you are exhausted. Ask a family member to come over between feedings so you can catch some zzz’s. If you don’t have family nearby, ask a friend to do the same, or even think about hiring a babysitter. There is no shame is asking someone to help you with your baby. In fact, I recommend it to every new mom I know. It’s a lifesaver, and you will be so surprised what just one extra hour of sleep will do for your morale and your energy.

  3. Never underestimate the power of baby gear.
  4. One of the reasons I never got any sleep when my kids were newborns was because they had no interest in sleeping in their cribs. Every time I’d lay them down (even if they were already asleep), they’d wake right up the second I put them in their crib. It wasn’t until I tried a swing like this Minnie Mouse Bows and Butterflies Baby-to-Big Kid Rocking Seat, or a bouncer, like this Geo Pooh Bouncer, that my kids immediately fell asleep. I remember putting my daughter in the swing for the first time and then laying on the couch next to her. As soon as I saw her eyes close, I immediately closed mine and was asleep within minutes. On those days that I couldn’t get them to sleep, baby gear like a swing or bouncer really saved me and allowed both my baby and I to catch up on our much needed sleep.

  5. The stuff can wait.
  6. We always hear the saying “sleep when baby sleeps,” which sounds nearly impossible. But the truth is, you need to do it. I used to think that when my baby was sleeping was the perfect time for me to catch up on things around the house. I’d clean, do laundry, wash dishes, catch up on emails, etc. But once when baby woke up, I found myself even more exhausted. Realistically, most of the things I did when my baby was sleeping could have waited for later when she was content and playing on the floor. I needed sleep and I definitely should have taken advantage of the time she was sleeping. Let your brain take a break for a while and use that time when baby is sleeping to catch up on sleep for yourself too.

Sleep deprivation can get the best of you. It’s exhausting to be a new mom. And you never really truly know the depths of lack of sleep until you live through those newborn days with your brand new blessing. Use these tips to help get your sleep back on track so you and your baby can spend many more awake and happy magical moments together.

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