Ten Ways to get Newborn Babies to Nap
10 Tips on how to get newborn babies to nap?? Ten?
Ok, make that 1 tip:
1. Don’t worry about it!
Well ok I don’t mean that toooo literally. What I mean is, keep it simple, stop over-analysing.
I was told since the day my baby was born that she should be awake no more than 1.5 hours in the day and having 2-3 long naps in between. ‘Sleep when the baby sleeps’ they all said. Are you serious? My baby sleeps no longer than 1 sleep cycle of 40 minutes each time which gives me time for a bathroom visit , a couple of text messages and a snack if I’m lucky!
So now this is my routine. I wake the baby up (ok she’s already wide awake, who am I kidding?), change her, feed her, play with her, feed her again if hungry, change her, swaddle and see if she feels like a nap.
Sometimes she does, sometimes she doesn’t.
To get her to nap I usually pop her in a sling and walk her until she’s sleepy and then put her down – although sometimes I put her down totally asleep – we’ve done this from birth to 3 months so far.
I guess technically I’m ‘rocking her to sleep’ but in that time I’ve managed to do a load of laundry, a trip to buy groceries or prepared food for dinner.
So is that really all that bad to rock your baby to sleep? NO! Well not in my opinion, ask me again in another 3 months.
Seriously, I spent the first 2 months of her life analysing and over-analysing her sleep patterns and now I’ve over it – she’s a happy and healthy baby and she naps 2-3 times in the daytime for 40 minutes each time.
YES it would suit me better if she did a nap of 2-3 hours and if that happens one day then AWESOME! It’s just better for my peace of mind to expect a maximum nap of 40 minutes each time so that I can plan my day around that – then anything extra is truly a bonus :)
My advice: Try to relax and if your baby doesn’t nap for long in the day either then believe the old wives tale that bad daytime nappers make better night-time sleepers!