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Sleep Awareness​

Importance of sleep for New Born Baby's and Parents

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Sleep is a vital function that allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and stave off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. This can impair your abilities to concentrate, think clearly, and process memories.

Most adults require between seven and nine hours of nightly sleep. Children and teenagers need substantially more sleep, particularly if they are younger than five years of age. Work schedules, day-to-day stressors, a disruptive bedroom environment, and medical conditions can all prevent us from receiving enough sleep. A healthy diet and positive lifestyle habits can help ensure an adequate amount of sleep each night.

Tips to put new-born to sleep

1. Establish a Fitting Schedule and Bedtime

One of the biggest mistakes we see parents make is in setting the schedule. Most people think that the more tired you are, the easier it is to sleep. But this is simply not true, unfortunately. The more overtired you are, the more difficult it is to fall asleep and stay asleep.

This is because our bodies release hormones to fight fatigue and give us a “second wind.”. This is true for babies, too, only they get overtired much faster than adults!

It is very important to look for your baby’s sleepy cues and use appropriate wake windows. Play close attention to your baby. Note the things from the list your baby does, then decide which cue might be the best indicator that baby is ready for a nap.

Know common waketime lengths for your baby’s age.

2. Follow a routine for Bedtime

A bedtime routine is simply a set of steps you follow in a certain order so your baby knows sleep is coming soon. Since the routine is the same every time, this helps them get sleepy easier. While most babies benefit from this structure, some babies seem to need it.  Getting your new-born into a bedtime routine is all about consistency. Wake up at consistent times, feed your baby at the same time each day, and pretty soon, your baby will be on a consistent schedule.

A bedtime routine, especially for your new-born, does not have to be very long or complicated. 

Most bedtime routines are 10 minutes at nap time and 20-30 minutes at bedtime. 

Here is a sample bedtime routine:

  1. Give baby a bath. Check out our range of bath time baby equipment 
  2. Apply some lotion with lavender for calming comfort.
  3. With the lotion, do a little baby massage.
  4. Put on a clean diaper
  5. Put on your baby’s pyjamas.
  6. Turn on white noise.
  7. Swaddle your new-born safely and snugly.
  8. Feed and burp your baby.
  9. Rock or sway gently for a few minutes and lay them down on their back in their bassinet, bedside bassinet, or crib.
  10. Soothe them while in their bed, if necessary, to get them to fall the rest of the way to sleep.

3. Ensure your baby is dressed comfortably

One way how to get a new-born to sleep is to make sure they are comfortable.

For some babies, especially those who are more sensitive, may benefit from a weighted sleep sack. These are especially useful when your baby could benefit from being swaddled but it’s no longer safe or they don’t like it.

Bizzi Growin Sleeping Bag Range 

Baby Sleeping Bag 6-18 Months 2.5 Tog – Gilbert Giraffe will keep baby warm and secure at night with its 2.5 tog thickness. Most babies love to spend the night wriggling and worming their way out of their covers during the night, so our baby sleeping bag is the perfect solution to keep them warm, secure and safe…plus offer parents peace of mind and a good nights sleep!

Check out our range and designs of the Bizzi Growin Sleeping Bag at Newbie and Me 

Sleep well, feed easily and be closer to your baby with SnuzPod⁴ the UK’s Best-selling Bedside Crib!

Now even more breathable thanks to its innovative NEW ComfortAir system, with unique air-flow vents, machine washable mesh liner, and improved base ventilation, helping to regulate your baby’s temperature for a good night’s sleep. 

SnuzPod⁴ also boasts a lightweight removable bassinet and new breathable mattress with a 3D mesh cover for all-round better support. SnuzPod4 Bedside Crib

4. Check the Sleeping Environment

Your baby’s sleeping environment can make a big difference as to whether it will be easy or hard to stay asleep. A few things to make sure your sleep environment has:

  • Darkened Room – Don’t let the sunlight wake your baby prematurely and, likewise, make sure any night lights aren’t too bright!
  • Room Temperature – Your baby’s room should be 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (or 20 to 21 degrees Celsius). 

Crib Toys – Some families also use mobiles or other crib toys or Night Lights. These can help soothe baby to sleep by playing lullabies or giving baby something to look at as they drift off.

As with many things, every baby has different preferences so you will want to set up your baby’s sleep environment in a way that works for you and for them. You might need to experiment.

Clair De Lune 6 Piece Waffle White Wicker Moses Basket & Drape Starter Set

The Deluxe stand rocks gently side to side to soothe your little one to sleep.

The stand matches the wicker of the Moses basket that you select and raises your baby to a height that is perfectly eye-level beside a standard bed, allowing you to keep a close eye on your precious little one as they rest.

The stand can also be locked into a stationary position making it easier for you to place your child in and out of the Moses Basket.

Comes complete with Moses basket, stand, dressing, drape, drape rod & mattress.

• Set up the drape & drape rod behind your Moses basket to help shade from bright light.
• Deluxe rocking stand gently rocks side to side and has stoppers on the base to lock it into a stationary position.

This stunning Waffle Moses Basket and Drape set will look beautiful in any baby’s nursery and is the perfect all-in-one set including all your baby bedding must-haves.

The beautiful starter set comprises of:

  • Wicker Moses basket
  • Soft Waffle dressing – surround & quilted padded liner
  • Foam mattress
  • Cotton drape edged with waffle fabric
  • Rod for drape
  • Deluxe Moses Basket rocking stand

5. Soothe Baby to Sleep or Teach Baby to Self-Soothe

Once you’ve set up your baby for success by following Steps 1 through 4, it’s time to have your baby fall asleep.

Depending on the age of your baby and/or your situation, you will either soothe your baby all the way to sleep or teach your baby to self-soothe to sleep.

If you have a new-born, you might be interested in the 4Moms MamaRoo – Sleep Bassinet.

Newbie and Me Baby Store stock a wide range of Moses Baskets and Bassinets in store and online. 

The mamaRoo sleep bassinet provides a firm, flat sleep surface that follows the AAP’s Safe Sleep Guidelines.

Features such as height adjust, for optimal visibility & accessibility, and mesh sides create a safe sleep environment and give you peace of mind so that you and your baby can sleep soundly. 

Soothe and comfort baby in the 4moms mamaRoo sleep bassinet with its natural bounce and sway motions that move just like parents do.

It features 5 unique motions (car ride, wave, kangaroo, tree swing and rock-a-bye) and 5 speed options to find the perfect combination baby loves. 

Other ways of soothing babies to sleep include the following:

  • Feeding baby to sleep
  • Rocking baby to sleep
  • Bouncing baby to sleep
  • Co-sleeping
  • Patting
  • Holding baby on your chest or in your arms

Obviously, all babies have different preferences for what is soothing to them. Finding the “right” way for your baby typically comes with experimentation and time.

The Obaby Sophie Swinging Crib is perfect for rocking your baby to sleep.

The Obaby Sophie Swinging Crib provides a compact snug environment that your child will feel safe in during the first few months after birth.

The crib is designed for your child to sleep or relax in and as well as providing a smooth rocking motion to soothe, the crib can be locked into static mode at your convenience. This package includes a snug, hypo-allergenic foam mattress.

Key Features:

  • Suitable from birth to 9kg
  • Optional soothing rocking motion
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