Mommies say goodbye to your sleep for a few good years after your child is born. Once the baby is born, they will keep waking up after every hour or two to be fed and would even want to play or cry for some time, be it in the afternoon or the middle of the night.
The only thing you can do is brace yourself and look forward to getting a good night’s sleep once they are a bit older. Before that, you will have to tend to their needs. However, one thing that you can do is sleep-train your child from an early age so that they do not bug you once they are 6 months and older.
Unlike adults, newborns have an erratic and unpredictable sleep pattern. For the first few weeks, you will find your baby waking up every little while to be fed. They will keep waking up in the middle of the night or day, but normally they sleep for about 12 to 18 hours in an entire day.
Not all babies are the same, though, so you will find some differences even between your firstborn and your second-born. While some babies may not like to sleep as much and will take a lot of effort to go back to sleep, there will be a few who will be easier to handle and will sleep as soon as you try to put them down.
The advantage that you have with newborns is that they are not bothered by the noise around them or even the brightness of the room, so you don’t need to be very careful with them. In fact, it is a good idea to get your baby to sleep in a noisy and bright place so that in the future, they do not have any issues with falling asleep in such an environment. It has been noted that babies tend to sleep better when they have some kind of repetitive sound around them.
In the old days, parents used to make sure that their babies were bundled up properly before they were put to bed in their crib lined with soft padding to ensure they are comfortable and at peace. However, all of that has changed. People now ensure that their babies sleep in as less clothing and padding as possible as the more sheets and blankets there are, the higher the chances of SIDS.
It is said that the best place to put your baby to sleep is either in a normal box or on a flat mattress. Babies should always be on their back, and the mattress should have tight sheets properly fitted. It may not sound enough, but it is even recommended that you put on the right clothing on your child and avoid giving them pillows or blankets.
You can keep your baby in the crib like that or even on your own bed. You can even use a box which some hospitals provide. Just make sure that anything, such as stuffed animals or extra pillows that can potentially suffocate the baby, is removed. This way, you will also reduce the risk of SIDS.