Sleeping baby wrapped in Tiger Lily Swaddle with a matching beanie

Understanding Your Baby's Sleeping Patterns

Sleeping baby wrapped in Tiger Lily Swaddle with a matching beanie
Figuring out your newborns sleeping patterns can be challenging in the beginning because it is influenced by different factors such as age, individual preferences, and your environment.
Newborns usually sleep a total of around 16 hours in 2–4-hour intervals. Since they have small stomachs, they wake up every few hours to feed, but the sleep intervals will become longer as they grow.

Ways to improve sleep patterns:
  1. Sleeping cues - Watch for signs of sleepiness like rubbing eyes, yawning, or fussiness. It is easier to put the baby to sleep when they start showing these cues.
  2. Feeding - Ensure the baby is well fed by feeding them regularly (every 2-3 hours). It’s best also to feed them before they get the “crying phase” as they could refuse feeding when very upset.
  3. Swaddling – Using a swaddle to wrap newborns mimics the womb, helps them feel safe and makes it easier to fall asleep. Make sure you stop using the swaddle when the baby starts rolling over on their own as this can be dangerous.
  4. For your toddler, after a day of running around, a great way to calm them down and put them to sleep is by putting them in a baby swing (ours are used in Meg Faure's sleep training classes). They are known to have sleepy dust.
The best way is to establish a consistent bedtime routine so that they can start picking up on the signal that it's time for sleep.

Most importantly, though, enjoy those first few months with your baby as you slowly get to know each other. These days and weeks go by so fast. Dont stress too much about making things perfect or having everything under control. If you and your teeny one are healthy, theres no need to worry because that is the most important thing!


Leave a comment

All blog comments are checked prior to publishing