2.12.17

Newborn Sleep Tips from a 3rd Time Mom

Need some tips on handling newborn sleep (or lack thereof?) Here’s a few things that worked with our two boys! (& again with our third!)

I can’t believe that in just a few short months, I will have a newborn baby! While I’m excited to snuggle my newest little love, I am prepping for the newborn sleep cycle that is coming my way. Here are a few tips on handling newborn sleep (from a third time mama!)

Newborn Sleep Tips from a 3rd Time Mom

1.) Establish a Nighttime Routine 

We tried our best to establish a clear nighttime routine early on. With our first, we sort of played it by ear (re: we had no idea what we were doing), and didn’t get into a bath, story, massage, jammies routine until he was a couple of months old. The second time around we naturally fell into an early nighttime routine because of his big brother.

When C was just a few weeks old, we started to do bath time together with the boys. A would be in the big tub and C in the infant tub. It helped reaffirm a natural addition to A’s already established nighttime routine. For C, it provided him a routine early on in his newborn weeks that he didn’t even go through any phase of “witching hour” or any excessive crying in the evening! The duo-bedtime routine also helped both my husband and I ease into tackling bedtime with a newborn and a toddler.

We really lucked out that both of the kids transitioned well into having a structure for bedtime. I think the fact that we were able to establish a routine helped both kids distinguish their naps from nighttime sleep, even as babies. It also helped me as a mom establish a baseline of time to “sleep when baby sleeps,” or schedule my nighttime routine as necessary to either get some alone time with my husband or to get “extra” ZZZs.

2.) Use A White Noise Machine

I am a HUGE fan of the Marpac Dohm sound machine. Even as an adult, I find it a good aid in blocking out noise and letting myself succumb to my need for sleep! A loved it as a baby and we bought another when we were prepping for C’s arrival. It helped with noise-blocking, as the boys’ rooms are right next to one another; and it also helped to create a soothing environment, similar to being in the womb for my newborn babies.

While I’ve read that it may sometimes become a sleep crutch, we haven’t experienced that in our home. There’s been many times where D or I forgot to turn the sound machine on and we’ve had no hiccups in either of the babes’ sleep being affected by not using the sound machine. So, for us, it’s been a great sleep-aid through and through!

3.) Follow Your Baby’s Cues

There are so many tips about newborn sleep everywhere on GOOGLE and all the internets. However, I’ve learned that you just need to follow your baby’s cues. Don’t force trying to keep your newborn awake if they need time to figure out their day/night schedules. Don’t dream feed or swaddle if isn’t working for your baby. No, seriously, neither of my babies took to dream feeds and neither liked being swaddled either! C actually did really great sleeping in the crib from early on (2 weeks), but A didn’t transition to sleeping in his crib until a few months old.

Every baby is so unique and their needs are so different even between siblings! I’m hedging my bets that our newest lil’ babe will show us his own preferences for sleep and structure too!

4.) Relax, Try Out Different Things, & Give Yourself Grace

As a first-time mom, I was super regimented about sleep cycles and schedules. I was adamant and would stress myself out about missing nap time at home. While it helped with A being a routine loving baby, looking back, I wish I would’ve given myself more grace and slack. I remember feeling inadequate if A’s naps turned into 30 min cat naps or being hyper sensitive about his wake times and not being able to rest at all myself. I questioned different things; unsure about the things I tried to do to help myself and A through the newborn sleep phase.

Naturally, as a second-time mom, I became (by default) a bit more relaxed and less rigid about sleep schedules. We had a toddler to keep up with and sometimes the baby’s nap schedules and such were on the go! And what do you know, at the end of the day, both kids still slept the same amount of hours at the newborn stage and beyond. I was able to trust my mama instinct as to what would or wouldn’t work and C’s newborn sleep days are a fond, distant memory of normal fourth trimester needs.

5.) Prepare for the Unknown

We were very lucky that neither of our boys were colicky babies. But, we know from our 4+ years of parenting to prepare for the unknown. I don’t take it for granted that we’ve never dealt with colic or excessive crying. And I’ve done my research on it as best as I can, as a mom who hasn’t experienced it first-hand.

Colic is usually when a healthy baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for over 3 weeks. It usually starts in the first few weeks of life. Babies may experience increased crying in the evening and at night.

Do you have any tips for newborn sleep? 

Newborn Sleep Tips from a Third Time Mom

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44 Comments

  1. Elizabeth wrote:

    My first was colicky. Oh, the screaming we would endure from 6:30 pm until 3 am every night! The only thing that would calm her down was swaddling. Luckily, none of the rest of my babies (I’m up to 4 now…number 5 is due to make an appearance any time) has had this problem.

    I’m a huge fan of sleep routines. It is so much easier, even for newborns when they learn what to expect!

    Published 2.13.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Hugs mama so much hugs

      Published 2.17.17
  2. I’m about 5 weeks away from meeting baby 2 in person and my Doll, who is 1y8m now, will have a lot of adjusting to do! So will I, and Hubby too. These are great-sounding tips, I hope they work for me!

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Good luck mama!!!

      Published 2.17.17
  3. Kristen wrote:

    I will def have to remember these tips for next month! Thanks for sharing.

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Good luck mama, to us both w our newborns!

      Published 2.17.17
  4. Sheila wrote:

    I had to quickly learn that all the books on getting your baby to sleep would not be helpful for us. I assumed all babies could be put to sleep a certain way, but I soon learned to watch my son and then I learned what was the best way to put him to sleep. I’m sure too if I’m ever blessed with another baby that they will be completely different as well.

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Yes! Each baby is so different!

      Published 2.17.17
  5. Marcie wrote:

    My youngest loves when we put on his sleep sack because he knows it’s bed time. It was so much easier the second time around because everything was already established.

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Aww so so sweet!!!

      Published 2.17.17
  6. I have two kids, these are awesome tips! they are 5 & 7 and still use the sound machinE

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      We will keep using the sound machine until they break haha

      Published 2.17.17
  7. I totally agree with the sound machine! My daughter is a very light sleeper and it helps her sleep through the dog barking, the doorbell ringing and any other unavoidable noises. It helps me to not be on edge for her whole nap waiting for something to wake her up!

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      We have two dogs too! sound machine is a life saver sometimes

      Published 2.17.17
  8. Lisa wrote:

    I remember these days! Great tips. I am happy to have all older ones now (my “baby” is 5) but now I need tips on getting older ones to sleep well. haha

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Awww goes by too fast!!!

      Published 2.17.17
  9. Great Advice! LOVE LOVE. Thanks for sharing.

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Thank you for reading!

      Published 2.17.17
  10. Hanna wrote:

    Great tips! Our first was VERY fussy and is STILL a terrible sleeper! These tips are great!

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Awww prayers for more sleep for you and your LO!

      Published 2.17.17
  11. These are great tips! I totally agree about following your baby’s cues, although I must admit, I’m a big believer in swaddling! In our household it’s been a miracle worker!

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      I think mostly because our babies run hot hat they just couldn’t stand it! But yes I think swaddling works like a miracle for other babies!

      Published 2.17.17
  12. Sane Mama wrote:

    Our kids are 2 and 4 now, and I think it was easier to deal with the 0-1 age! We are lucky if we get them to bed by 9pm. It’s like figuring out a whole new nighttime ritual (I’ll let you know when I figure it out).

    Published 2.14.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Ours are 4 and 18 months and they’re usually asleep by 8/830 I hope they hold onto that for a long time!

      Published 2.17.17
  13. Val wrote:

    Great tips momma! Here’s hoping #3 is as easy as the first two 🙂

    Published 2.15.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Same to you sister, everything crossed for easy third babies haha

      Published 2.17.17
  14. Angela wrote:

    I love your tips. Especially the establish a night time routine. That’s what trained my son. So, I thought of one thing you might want to add. It’s called the Tranquilo Mat. It was designed by a nurse, and it looks so cool. Congrats!! I’m so excited for you!!
    Angela
    http://www.prettyinherpearls.con

    Published 2.15.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Nighttime routine was so key for both of our boys!

      Published 2.17.17
  15. Jill wrote:

    Your babies are sooo precious!!! So excited for you and your fam on the upcoming arrival of another. I just love reading your blog! XXOXO Also- I don’t have newborns anymore but that Gerber formula sounds like a dream! HA!

    Published 2.15.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      You are too sweet!! I’ve never tried t either and I’m so glad I’m ready for our newest babe!

      Published 2.17.17
  16. I need to try a sound machine next time around. I was/am terrible with sleep training.

    Published 2.15.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      I couldn’t do sleep training to save my life! I’m glad our babies made it easy on us being good sleepers so early on!

      Published 2.17.17
  17. Melissa wrote:

    These are great tips! We found the nighttime routine and following baby’s cues are the most important for us!

    Published 2.15.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Definitely! Each baby is so different!

      Published 2.17.17
  18. Kate A wrote:

    We definitely swear by the white noise machine… It makes such a a huge difference!

    Published 2.15.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Yes sound machine FTW!

      Published 2.17.17
  19. Rachel wrote:

    These are all fantastic tips! 🙂

    Published 2.15.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Thanks!

      Published 2.17.17
  20. These are great tips. Will definitely have to pass this blog along to all the mamas who need help with sleeping babies!

    Published 2.15.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      All da sleeping babies!!!

      Published 2.17.17
  21. The white noise machine for the win! Those are amazing and something every home needs to try in my opinion to see if they work. Great tips, Mama. Keep up the great work!
    blessings,
    The How-to Guru

    Published 2.16.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      We love our maroac!!!

      Published 2.17.17
  22. Shay wrote:

    Your pictures of that sweet baby are giving me baby fever! Great tips though- I agree that my first time, I was a routine stickler and wish I would have relaxed a little more! Thanks for sharing!

    Published 2.16.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Haha first time mom woes!

      Published 2.17.17

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