Sleep, or lack thereof is one of the hardest parts of having a newborn. If your baby struggles to sleep at night, know this is normal! Your baby is trying to figure out how to be a human. Their body is growing exponentially, and they must eat frequently to accommodate that. Since babies have tiny bellies they can only eat a little bit at a time. This makes sleeping hard!
Eventually, your baby will be able to stay full longer and long stretches of sleep will come! Don’t loose hope! However, if you are struggling with lack of sleep there are things that you can do from the very beginning to set your baby up for sleep success.
My first recommendation for sleep success is the Ingy Bingy Band. It is a pacifier wristband that attaches to any newborn pacifier on the market! This pacifier bracelet is a great substitute for a pacifier clip. This pacifier wristband is safer and easier for younger babies to use! Usually, parents struggle with the fact that an infant pacifier keeps falling out. The Ingy Bingy Band velcros around your baby’s wrist so their newborn pacifier it’s right where they need it whenever they need it.
Another top priority for helping your baby sleep is white noise! The American Academy of Pediatrics says that white noise can help your baby sleep. One study found that out of 40 babies, 80% fell asleep in 5 minutes! Another study showed that babies who were exposed to white noise during sleep cried less.
Why is white noise calming?
White noise initiates your baby’s calming reflex. When I’m stressed turning on soothing music can help calm my mood immediately. This is how white noise works for your baby! This doesn’t mean you need to turn on a sound machine any time your baby is crying. Simply saying “SHHHHHHH” firm and loudly into your baby’s ear when they are fussy can help calm them down more quickly.
Why does it help babies sleep?
Your baby spent their first 9 months growing in your womb. Your baby is used to all of the noises your body makes. They spent months listening to your heartbeat and the other sounds of your body. Putting white noise on can remind your baby of the calm, safe space they were formed in for 9 months.
White noise can also help block out other noises. My kids have slept through fireworks, loud garbage trucks, and thunderstorms and highly attribute that to the use of sound machines!
What type of white noise is best?
There is no right or wrong white noise. Each baby is different, but for sleep most babies are going to want something soothing and similar to the noises they heard in their mama’s body. River, rain, or heartbeat noises, or even a fan could be options your baby would love.
I recommend buying a sound machine that has several different sound options so that you can try out different sounds to see what works best for your baby!