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Getting A Newborn to Sleep

Updated on November 1, 2011

Getting A Newborn to Sleep

Newborn Sleep Tips & Tricks

When embarking into the world, newborns often make a big appearance. The world to a new born is a big and scary place. In order for them to cope, they feel the need to be reassured constantly. However, this can put a large strain on a mother. If you're dealing with a fussy or screaming child, there are steps that you can take to help the situation and allow them to get the sleep that they need.

First, Assess the situation

Of course this shouldn't be something that needs to be told, but we'll get it out in the open. New borns cry for mainly four reasons: They need to be changed, They are in some sort of discomfort, They are hungry, and They want to be held. You may notice that certain times of day your child also may be fussier then others. This is completely normal, and important to note. This article will assist you in finding ways to get your child to sleep comfortably.

White Noise

This is a big one. Did you know that inside of the womb, it is twice as loud as a vacuum cleaner? This means, your child is used to being in a noisy enviorment. Due to this, there are a number of different noise machines on the market to assist you in calming your new born. Just like adults, babies have preferences. You've got to find the very best one for your child. If you're looking for another way to create white noise, there are a number of different solutions. Some people simply look to house work to assist their children in the calming process. Things such as: dish washers, running water, and vacuum cleaners can calm your new born into a content state. If you're looking for a free way to calm a newborn, there are also a number of different white noise videos on youtube that you can give a try!

Bouncing, Rocking, Vibrating, Moving!

A lot of children simply want movement. When inside the womb, they're used to constantly moving around and being rocked to sleep. Many children are content just being bounced, rocked, or swayed. Vibrating and bouncing seats can be a great investment for parents with a little one who wants to be constantly moving. If your arms are getting tired from constantly holding a new born, you've got a few different options. Baby carriers are a great way to get the things that you need done, and still keep your child close to you. You can also attempt the laying/sitting down position. Place your child on top of your chest, on their stomach. Bounce them from their bottom, and allow them to feel content as well as bond with you.

Give them something to look at

New borns are completely new to the world. Meaning, looking at things is completely mesmorizing. Although they can not completely see things the way that we do, they're still entertained simply by looking. If your child is fussy, give them something to look at! Bright colors do the trick, as well as lights. If you need to get things done around your house, put your child in a seat or car seat and allow them to watch you. Newborns learn so much at this stage simple by watching your movements.

Give Them Some Warmth

Many people have noted having great success with giving their newborns a warm water bottle to lay with. If you're looking for a way to calm your new born, this may be a great trick for you. Newborns want to feel as though they're constantly near you. This gives them the illusion that you're there, when you need to get things done.

Sing, Loud!

Many babies simply enjoy being sang to. This is exactly where there are so many different lullabys for babies. You'd be surprised by just how easy it is for your child to fall asleep to the sound of your voice. At this point, they're completely capable of recognizing your voice over others. You're there comfort, and there entire grasp of reality as they know it!


Newborn Sleep Tips & Tricks. There are many different ways in which you can calm a new born. Feel free to give other opinions below on the topic! If you're looking to calm a newborn to sleep, hopefully this article can assist you in finding the best way to do so!


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      Lydia McCarter 

      6 years ago from The Murder Mitten

      It will actually probably help. I'm guessing that you're pregnant right now? If so, your baby is already used to this noise. It will more then likely comfort the baby rather than distract him at a young age. As time goes on however, I'd say.. 4 months on, it probably will become a distraction rather than comfort.

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      Sylvia 

      6 years ago

      At my place there is a lot fo noise..we've got dairy milk business so the noise of bakkies nd grates are very frastrating nd we dnt hav a ceiling so is it nt gonna distract my baby?

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