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For some, getting your newborn to sleep is a piece of cake. They seem to magically doze off at the drop of the hat and will peacefully sleep for hours.

For others, though, getting your baby to sleep can be an absolute nightmare. Plus, the more your baby avoids sleep, the more the parents miss out on their sleep leading to sleep deprivation through the entire family. This is the last thing parents need, as you need that sleep to ensure you can cope with the demands of looking after such a tiny human 24/7.

If you are finding sleep to be a daily struggle, it’s incredibly important that you take steps to improve it as quick as possible – before everyone gets too tired and grumpy. These 6 newborn sleeping tips will help your baby get to sleep quicker. Try them out and, most importantly, when you find what works, implement it into a daily routine. You’ll soon find you’re the master of the sleep routine!

Sleeping baby1: Dreamfeed

It might sound odd, but a dreamfeed is actually really simple (and sensible when you hear it). When you’re about to go to bed, feed the baby. This helps prevents mums just falling asleep at night, to find the baby wakes and wants fed just as you’ve drifted off. This means your newborn sleeps longer while you’re sleeping so you’ll get a few more hours a night.

2: Swaddle

Have you ever had that feeling of falling out of bed that startles you awake? It can be pretty disturbing, yet many people don’t know that babies regularly experience this startle reflex – that makes them feel like they’re falling – until they’re around 5 months old. In order to prevent unnecessary waking from this feeling, a swaddle will stop your newborn from jerking and will keep them sleeping longer.

3: White Noise

When you’ve just got a newborn to sleep, you’re often left terrified about any noise waking them. In fact, you’ll actively avoid speaking to each other and say no to guests to ensure a silent house. However, you can easily have people over if you play some white noise in your baby’s nursery. The white noise will make it harder for other noises to wake your baby, meaning you don’t have to worry so much about being silent.

4: Limit Naps During the Day

Waking a sleeping baby can feel awful, but you’ll regret it later if you don’t. Letting your baby sleep longer than 2 hours at a time, can mean they won’t be tired when it comes to night time. Instead, after the 2-hour mark, wake your newbown for a feed and keep them awake for a while before settling them down again.

5: Don’t Keep Them Awake

It can seem logical to keep your baby awake longer during the day in order for them to sleep more at night, however, this will unlikely be true. Instead your baby will become overstimulated and will actually find it harder for them to sleep later. An over-tired baby is notoriously hard to get to sleep.

6: Change Nappies Strategically

It’s always tempting to feed your newborn and then change their nappy during the night, but it’s actually far easier to do this in reverse. Changing the nappy when they’re still sleepy and then giving warm milk after means your baby won’t become too awake (or cross from a nappy change) and make it easier for you to get them back to sleep so you can get back to your bed too.

When it comes to babies, each one is unique, so you might find one trick will work on one but not the other. The key is to keep trying in the early days to find your perfect routine. You’ll be grateful in later months that you did as your child will have their own special sleep routine that they stick to.

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