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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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Your Top Baby Sleep Questions, Answered…Fast!

We know you’ve got a lot of questions about your baby’s sleep habits but not much time to read the answers. Voila! Los Angeles pediatrician Harvey Karp, M.D., creator of the popular book and DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block, shares super-quick advice—we’re talking 25 words (or less).

Q. How much sleep do babies need in a day?

A. On average: Newborns, about 16 hours; 6 to 9 months, 14 hours; 9 to 12 months, 13 hours.

Q. What’s the fastest way to get a newborn to calm down for sleep?

A. Wrap your baby snuggly in a blanket—it mimics the close quarters of the womb.

Q. Do babies really need to sleep on their backs?

A. Yes, to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Once baby’s a year old and can roll over, he can sleep on his stomach or back.

Q. Will feeding baby more at night or putting cereal in her bottle help her sleep longer?

A. No. It can actually lead to indigestion, which makes it harder for baby to sleep.

Q. If you keep baby up late, will he fall asleep faster and sleep better?

A. Nope. Being overtired amps up baby’s stress hormones and leads to more night wakings.

Q. Should I be waking my baby up for feedings at night?

A. Possibly—it depends on how a baby is gaining weight. Discuss with your pediatrician.

Q. What’s the deal with crib bumpers—do or don’t?

A. A don’t for newborns, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. They increase the SIDS risk.

Q. Crib aquariums and white noise machines: good idea or not?

A. Good idea: They’re soothing. Also, your baby will associate whooshing sounds with sleep (and sleep)!

Q. When do babies start sleeping through the night?

A. More than half of babies sleep five to eight hours at a stretch anywhere from 2 to 6 months old.

Q. If baby sleeps well in a car seat, is it OK to have him sleep in it at night?

A. No—babies can’t breathe as well sitting up, another SIDS risk. Transfer him to a crib.

Q. How do I get my newborn to sleep nights instead of days?

A. Keep her awake more often during the day and do several feedings in the evening.

Q. How important is it to have a bedtime ritual for babies?

A. They’re key. Routines help even newborns know what’s coming, so they’re more ready to snooze.

Q. How do I discourage nighttime wakings, as baby gets older?

A. Don’t be fun or playful and keep the lights low. Baby will get the message.

Q. When is it time to "sleep train" my baby?

A. Wait until at least 6 months, when baby’s brain has matured enough to establish patterns.

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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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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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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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FAQ Sleep Questions

The key to helping your little one fall asleep is creating a comfortable and safe environment. We polled several sleeping experts to find out what essential must-knows can help your baby boy or girl finally calm down and enter the Land of Nod.

How can I help my baby fall asleep?

“The best thing you can do to help your baby fall asleep at night is to create a great sleep environment,” says Haleigh Almquist, Certified Lactation Counselor, Advanced Certified Newborn Care Specialist, Post-Partum Doula and Founder and CEO of Hush Hush Little Baby Newborn Care.

How to create a comfy sleeping space:

  • Make sure the room is completely dark.
  • Have a source of white noise (a fan, pointed away from baby; a white-noise machine, or a radio set to static all work well).
  • Adjust the room temperature to 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Your nighttime routine can also help baby fall asleep. “Create a routine that prepares your child to unwind, settle and let go of the day,” says Dr. Fran Walfish, a psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent.”

For a healthy and helpful bedtime routine, try the following:

  • Give baby a bath.
  • Give baby a massage.
  • Cuddle with baby and read a book or sing a song.
  • Put baby to bed slightly awake.
  • Introduce a transitional, self-soothing object like a pacifier.

How much sleep does my baby need and when will my child sleep through the night?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), newborn babies from birth to 3 months require 16-18 hours of sleep each day. By 4 months, your baby should be able to go eight or more hours without eating, and should be ready to sleep through the night. And, by 5 months, baby should only need about 10 hours total of sleep (often spread throughout three sleep sessions daily: two naps and nighttime sleeping). “Sleeping through the night means something different for each family. I consider a period of 6-8 hours of continuous sleep a success. Some babies sleep through the night at 4 months, but for others it may take up to a year,” says Almquist.

How many naps should my baby have — and when?

“Newborns spend more time asleep than they do awake,” Almquist says. “But after 4 months, they should maintain two or three scheduled naps spread throughout the day.”

How do I keep my baby safe while sleeping?

The AAP recommends the following:

  • Always put babies to sleep on their back, never on their stomach.
  • Only put baby to sleep on a firm surface, and remove any objects from inside the crib, particularly crib bumpers.
  • Put newborn babies to sleep in the same room where you will be sleeping, within arm’s reach.
  • No smoking.
  • Let baby sleep with a pacifier. If you are breastfeeding, wait until breastfeeding is going well before offering a pacifier.

How can I help my baby fall asleep?

  1. Shushing: Also, the womb is 80-90 decibels (louder than a vacuum cleaner) thanks to the whooshing of maternal blood flow,” says Melissa Gersin, a maternity RN and infant crying specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Health..“‘Shh-ing’ or white noise (can help), as these mimic the comforting sounds of the womb.”

  2. Rocking and swaying: Rocking or swaying baby mimics the gentle motion of the womb, and can act as a sleep aid.
  3. Sucking: A pacifier or nursing before putting baby down for the night help your little one relax and prepare for a nice, long rest.

About Our Experts:
Dr. Fran Walfish is a Beverly Hills, California-based child, parenting and relationship psychotherapist, and author of “The Self-Aware Parent.” Haleigh Almquist is a Certified Lactation Counselor, Advanced Certified Newborn Care Specialist, Post-Partum Doula and founder and CEO of Hush Hush Little Baby Newborn Care (hushhushlittlebaby.com/). Melissa Gersin is a maternity RN and Massachusetts Department of Health infant crying specialist.

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Working Around Baby's Nap Schedule

The first year of Baby’s life revolves around very few things other than eating, playing, and (hopefully) lots of sleeping. Of course the ‘sleeping through the night stage’ is the end goal for all new parents, but napping during the day can be just as important in creating a calm and happy environment for Mom and Baby. If your baby does indeed nap, it can sometimes leave you feeling house-bound in order to preserve the nap time schedule. Here are a few tips to help preserve a nap routine, and also allow you to get out of the house.

Typically a consistently good napper will have at least one nap that is better than the other — for instance Baby will sleep for a longer and more sound stretch in the morning than the afternoon. If this is the case, schedule your activities around the one “good” nap, staying home so Baby can sleep in his own bed, and then venture out for the afternoon and possibly sacrifice the nap that usually isn’t as good. This will ensure Baby gets at least one good solid stretch of sleep during the day.

Plan outings closer to home so that if Baby starts getting fussy, you can make it home rather quickly…and before Baby falls asleep in the car. Ask just about any veteran mom and she’ll tell you that the car to crib transition doesn’t always go smoothly, so keep an interesting toy or book with Baby to keep them awake on the short ride home.

If the plan is to have Baby sleep in the car during nap time because of a road trip, or timing issues, plan on playing music softly in the car as to not disturb Baby too much, and always keep a book or magazine with you in case you arrive at your destination and Baby is still sleeping. Sometimes an extra 15-20 minutes added on to a Baby’s nap makes all the difference in their mood, so it can be worth it to sit back and relax a bit while you wait for Baby to wake.

If visiting a friend or family member for the day, plan ahead. Instead of rushing through your visit, bring a portable crib with you and set up a nursery away from home for Baby, complete with favorite blanket, pacifier and favorite book. Keep your nap routine consistent and try to settle Baby down for a nap on-the-go so that you don’t have to cut your visit short. While this doesn’t always work, it’s at least worth a try. The added bonus is it gets your baby used to sleeping in other environments, which is especially great if you plan to travel with Baby.

Consistency is key in any sleep routine, but the occasional alteration will not veer you completely off course, especially during the first 3-4 months. During this time newborns usually haven’t quite settled into a consistent routine anyhow, so this is the time to be a bit more flexible with your outings and straying from the routine. Once Baby is 4-6 months old though, a solid nap routine usually starts to settle in, so you’ll want to stay on course more than veer off it. Skipping the routine 2-3 times a week is perfectly okay, especially if it helps mom feel better.

Remember that a sleep routine and schedule only works if it works for the entire family. If Baby’s routine is preserved at all costs, at the expense of mom being able to occasionally visit with friends and get important errands done, then it’s not working. But making a few minor adjustments and not being afraid to alter off course every once in a while will ensure a happy, well-rested baby, and a happy, well-rested mom.

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Tips for Coping With Long Term Sleep Deprivation

While we were in Ethiopia with Elvie, my husband and I took turns taking the night shift, but once we got home, it became clear that it would be best if I would just do the night feedings every night. Not only did Jarod have to get out of bed at a reasonable hour and have his mind functioning clearly at work, but I tend to hear Elvie before Jarod wakes. As much as I’d love to still be taking turns, it simply makes more sense for me to take the night shift every night.

For awhile, Elvie was waking every hour, sometimes even after just 45 minutes, simply because she was hungry, and her teeny, tiny stomach couldn’t take in enough nutrition to hold her over for very long. Now that she has grown and gained plenty of weight, she doesn’t wake as often, but still needs to eat more frequently than most babies her age due to her birth defect and history of malnutrition. Teaching her to sleep through the night just isn’t an option right now, so I’ve figured out some ways to help make the days go more smoothly and ensure that I’m not a grump to my family 100% of the time. If you’re riding in the sleep deprivation wagon, I’m so sorry, but also: welcome! Feel free to try any of these tips to help you make it through.

Generous Amounts of Coffee

No one wants to get jittery, so I wouldn’t say more is always better, but starting the day with a gigantic cup of hot, delicious coffee not only gives me a little caffeine kick, but also provides a regular starting point for my day. Some days I need a second large cup, and that’s okay.

Make Time for Slow Mornings

If at all possible, I schedule appointments and activities for the afternoon so that we can just ease into our day. We usually just hang out on the big bed until Elvie is ready for her first nap. There’s plenty of space for all of us to read and/or play. I set my coffee on the nightstand, and it’s perfect.

Embrace Unconventional Breakfasts

Normally, I like to make something hot for breakfast, but right now I just need mornings to be simple. Most of the time I’ve got muffins or granola bars and fruit handy, but sometimes I break all the rules and we eat cookies. These pictured have oats and nut butter, so I figure they’re no worse than a chocolate dipped granola bar, and with much better ingredients.

Eliminate or Procrastinate Unnecessary Chores

The bed really doesn’t need to be made if you don’t have the time or energy, and sometimes the laundry can serve as a very comfortable cat bed for an extra day. While I don’t want to live in a trash heap, sometimes it’s worth it to conserve my energy for nurturing and teaching my children as opposed to using it up dusting.

"Make" an Easy Dinner

We can’t eat out every night, but there are a lot of affordable options for the days I am the most tired. I count ordering enchiladas and bringing them home as making dinner. If I didn’t order it, my family wouldn’t be able to eat it, right?

Have a Sleep In Morning Once a Week

If you’re the only one who gets up with the baby in the night, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect the other half of your parenting team to wake early on his or her day off so that you can get a few uninterrupted hours of sleep. Getting a solid two or three hours of sleep on Saturdays does wonders for my energy level. When I’m getting discouraged during the week, I can always look forward to Saturday and know that I can make it until then.

Feel Free to Just Stay Home Sometimes

As a stay at home parent, I often feel guilty that we don’t get out and do more some days. But it is good for me to have a day that I don’t have to pack everyone up and get them out the door, and it is good for my kids to have a day to relax and just play at home. Committing to at least one play-at-home day per week has made a significant difference in how smoothly our week goes.

Remember That It Won't Be Like This Forever

Babies eventually learn how to sleep through the night, and while the length of time between now and then is uncertain, I know that it will happen. I also know that Elvie will only be little once. So as much as I don’t enjoy the frequent night wakings, I do enjoy have a tiny baby in my life, and I will take the difficult with the wonderful any and every day of the week.

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