Experts say that, ideally, the baby should get used to sleeping by themselves from the moment they come home. With that in mind, as reassuring it may be for you to keep them inside your bedroom, in the crib or a small box, do it for only a little while – until you’ve recovered from the birth and feel more secure, for example. Avoid making a habit out of it at all costs. And resist the temptation to put the child on your bed. You won’t be able to sleep and this can become a troublesome and hard habit to break in the future. Follow these tips:
- During the first month, newborns sleep around 20 hours per day. With the exception of premature and/or underweight babies, no child should be woken up for feeding during the night if they were well-fed during the day and last fed some time around 10 p.m.
- The newborn should ALWAYS be put to sleep on their back. In case they’re throwing up or showing signs of regurgitation after feeding, they can be placed on their side – but make sure to place a pillow in front of them so they don’t risk turning on their stomachs during sleep.
- During the day, it’s ok to place your baby in a well-lit environment in the house where they’ll be exposed to daytime sounds – so as long as the exposure is not excessive. This can help them differentiate between day and night.
- Try getting into a routine for bathing and putting the child to bed. A lukewarm bath relaxes and calms the baby, but make sure to dry the baby’s hair before putting them to bed.
- The baby needs to know, from an early age, how the sleep process works: that they should fall asleep inside the crib. With that in mind, avoid letting them fall asleep on your lap and then placing them inside the crib.