May 14, 2014

Encouraging Infant Sleep Patterns

The only time my "mamma bear" usually comes out is when my baby's nap times are threatened... I'm not sure why... it's kind of ridiculous really, but that's how it is.  So, because of that, I have been dubbed 'The Nap Nazi'.  :)  I'm okay with that.  

I learned really early on how to encourage a healthy sleep pattern from other moms who had been there, done that.  I've done these things from the time I bring them home from the hospital (I train them young!) and they have definitely helped!  I'm not saying they'll sleep through the night at 3 weeks old, but it will get them started on the right path.  My girls both would almost always fall right back to sleep when they were still waking up to eat... that, my friend, is considered success in my book.

I hope you find these helpful... best of luck with your heavenly sleep!


Sun down, lights off.  
If & when your baby wakes up in the night to eat, don't turn the lights on.  At the very most, turn a night light on.  Melatonin is produced when it's dark, so if you turn on the lights, baby stops producing it & thinks it's time to play.  With that being said, you should keep the room as dark as possible during daytime naps, too.

Keep quiet.
If you talk to your baby, that makes them think it's time to play, too.  We often unintentional imitate each other.  If you don't talk to them, chances are, it will keep them quiet, too.

No eye contact.
My sister-in-law told me this one.  Although it seems strict, there's something to it!  Don't make eye contact with your baby.  Once again, if you make eye contact, your baby might think it's time to play.

I know every situation is different, but these three things have helped my 2 girls so much.  Hopefully they will help you, too!

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4 comments:

  1. These are GREAT tips! I would also add getting your baby dressed every morning. Its soo tempting to just leave them in there cozy little sleepers, but getting them into clothes in the morning, and pajamas at night is just another cue that's its bedtime/awake time. I've used these techniques with all 5 of mine, and had them all sleeping through the night by 6-10 weeks!

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  2. Great tips, we used these too and I think they work well. And I thought I was the only nap nazi!

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  3. Interesting points. Thanks for sharing them on the Pintastic Pinterest Party!

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  4. My tip is to shut the door! Reduces noise and let's them know you mean business!

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