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Healthy Sleep Habits Right from the Start

Healthy Sleep Habits Right from the Start

Setting good sleep habits with baby from birth is critical for both baby’s safety and your sanity. It may be months before your baby sleeps through the night so use this time to set good sleep habits because bad habits are hard to quit! The first few weeks with your newborn may be the most challenging as babies need to feed and be changed every 2-4 hours—this is normal. Know it’s OK to be tired and feel exhausted; still, you can do this! This time will seem long, but it will pass quickly as most babies begin to sleep “through the night” around 9-12 months.

Until that happens, remember to:

Avoid these Infant Sleep Mistakes

We get it, you’re exhausted—and this can lead to accidents that could be harmful for baby. To avoid these risks

Safe Sleep Recommendations

Good Sleep Habits

Good sleep habits are safe sleep habits. In terms of safety, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a list of safe sleep recommendations to help prevent sleep related deaths, including SIDS (see Safe Sleep Recommendations). Following this advice from the AAP is a critical first step.

Next, think about developing a healthy (and consistent) bedtime routine. An important goal is for the baby to be able to go to sleep on their own, and eventually to be able to go back to sleep on their own when they are lightly awaken, this is called “selfsoothing.”

Healthy Bedtime Routines

Here are some ideas to help you form an enjoyable bedtime routine now and as your baby grows. Make your routine enjoyable so that baby will enjoy and look forward to this transition that signals that bedtime is coming soon.

Learn your baby’s sleepy cues, such as them rubbing their eyes, yawning, or getting fussy. Begin your bedtime routine 30-60 minutes before you want baby to drift off to sleep. Set the stage for successful sleep with the following routines:

Finally, lay baby down in their crib as they become drowsy but before they fall sleep. This helps them learn to go to sleep without needing to be held, fed, or rocked.

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