Having a newborn baby is life changing. There are a million feelings- the overwhelming love you feel for this tiny, little life, the bond and connection you begin to grow with one another, the happiness and joy that fills your soul when you see your baby look into your eyes, and the list goes on. Other feelings include: sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and lack of showers. While I can’t help you with the lack of showers, I’m sharing 5 secrets to a good night of sleep with a newborn! This post is sponsored by Owlet Baby Care. All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own. For more information, please visit the disclaimer page.
Secret #1: Swaddle from day one. If you don’t know how to swaddle, get an ErgoPouch or Halo SleepSack Swaddle. They are game changers!! With Brooklynn, we didn’t know how to swaddle and that is all. she. wanted. so it made for some miserable nights. As soon as we put Deuce in the swaddle, his eyes get heavy and he knows it’s time to sleep!
Secret #2: Initiate a bedtime routine from a young age. Our bedtime routine (which started at 7 weeks) is: bath, swaddle, nurse, sleep. And it’s worked extremely well for us so far (three kids in)!
Secret #3: Keep your bedroom or your baby’s nursery dark all night long. Don’t turn the lights on for feedings or diaper changes, this will confuse your baby!! And have meal times/feedings during the day in light rooms with lots of action. This will help your baby be able to distinct night from day!
Secret #4: Don’t be afraid to soothe your baby. That seems silly, right? Don’t be afraid? But the truth is, you don’t know how many times I’ve been told not to nurse Deuce to sleep or not to rock him to sleep. If you feel like it’s the right thing to do and it works for you… then do it! Deuce loves to be rocked before bed and it has actually helped us with maintaining a routine that tells him, “Okay, it’s nighttime and I need to sleep.” He’s a lover and a cuddler. I’m not going to try to change that. Life is too short.
Secret #5: Get the Owlet. When Brooklynn was born, I remember waking up at all times of the night and getting up to check if she was still breathing. I had this overwhelming fear that she was going to stop breathing in the middle of the night and I wouldn’t know. Then Harlym was born and same thing, sleep was lost in the midst of my fears. Now with Deuce, we have made the Owlet a part of his sleep time routines. Especially with his condition, I want that peace of mind while he sleeps (*please note, the Owlet is not medical device and should not be used in place of prescribed monitors). So… what is the Owlet? Owlet is a smartsock for babies (newborn to 18 months) that uses the same technology that hospitals use, pulse oximetry. It is designed to alert you (via the base station and iPhone or Android app) if your baby’s heart rate or o2 levels are outside of range. Over 100,000 hours went into building this incredible technology. Ultimately, I owe all of my good nights of sleep to Owlet.
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I’d love to hear from YOU! What are you best tips for getting a good night of sleep with a baby?
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