Sleepytime ~ Newborn
New babies sleep many hours every day although the number of hours
varies for each baby. Get to know your baby and begin to pay attention
to when and how long he sleeps. Gradually a pattern emerges and life
becomes more predictable.
Babies should be put on their backs with no pillows or bedding around
them. Some like to be swaddled when they are very young to feel more
safe and secure. New
babies don't know the difference between night and day. You will be
helping your baby learn the difference. Begin now by keeping nights
dark and quiet. Very slowly and gradually babies learn this important
distinction. Meanwhile, expect to be up frequently with your days
and nights merged together.
up or let cry? Always pick up a new baby who is distressed, so you
can comfort her and figure out what she needs. You want her to know
that you are there for her!
FOR YOU! Parents need sleep, too! If you are worn out and exhausted,
it will be harder to care for your baby during your many hours together.
If you can, sleep or nap when she does. Have other family members
or a friend care for her so you can rest. Find ways to relax--a hot
bath, a magazine, a cup of tea, or your favorite TV show. Although
you can expect to be tired as you adjust to parenthood, try to stay
as rested and relaxed as you can.