Newborn Sleep: Facts and Fiction

5 years ago
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Becoming a new mom can take you by surprise! The adjustment to a new way of life can fill you with love, joy, and -- let’s face it -- a level of fatigue you never knew existed. Every new parent is given advice (wanted or not) about how to get her baby to sleep, and you may wonder which tip is the "best one" that will work for your baby. The truth is there is no single strategy that will work for every baby when it comes to sleep. The key is to give yourself a break, find a groove that works for you and your baby, and work on sleep in "baby" steps.

In this Crib Sheet, we give you the lowdown on what’s real, what’s normal, and what you can do to help your family get the sleep you need in these early months. You will gain confidence in your ability to do what’s right for your baby, and set into motion some gentle strategies to set the stage for good sleep as your baby grows.

  • How sleep develops in your newborn, and at what stage you can expect longer stretches of sleep.
  • How to help your baby differentiate between night and day.
  • Why your baby needs your help to get to sleep.
  • Soothing strategies that can help calm your baby and get them sleep better.
  • The REAL STORY on how many times a baby wakes at night, and how you can manage when they do.
  • Additional tips to help you and your baby get better sleep.

Read and print out the entire Crib Sheet about sleep tips now.

Image: Charlie Bethmann

Kim West, LCSW-C is a mother of two and a licensed clinical social worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than 18 years. Known as The Sleep Lady® by her clients, West has appeared on Dr. Phil, the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby and CNN. She wrote the book Good Night, Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep and Wake Up Happy with co-author Joanne Kenen. Her latest project is Gentle Baby Solutions, an online support site for new parents where they can fill out a profile and receive customized plans to help them through common baby challenges surrounding sleep, feeding, calming & soothing techniques and practical baby-related tips.

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