Tips to help your baby sleep
All babies are different, and you know your infant best. Here are a few tips for improving your baby’s ability to sleep that you can try at home:
- Feed on demand for the first several months. Your baby should want to eat every 1.5-3 hours, and will gradually increase times between feedings as they get older. They may feed even more (cluster feeding) if they are sick or teething.
- Allow your baby to fall asleep on their own sometimes. This doesn’t mean you have to let them cry. An easy way to do this is to hold them until they are very sleepy and then lay them in their crib. Often a baby will fall asleep on their own this way as long as their tummy is full.
- Swaddle your baby. Babies who recently came out of the womb love to feel snug. You can buy a swaddle blanket or just wrap them up carefully in a baby blanket. Ask your pediatrician to show you how to swaddle safely. There shouldn’t be any loose fabric over your baby’s face.