How you CAN help your newborn sleep
Take a look at my husband and Me. 10 days into becoming new parents to twins. I remember feeling so much joy, yet so overwhelmed and SO tired.
When people say, “Babies don’t come with an instructions manual”. You laugh, and then you cry.
People and experts are quick to tell you ‘What not to do’, but where is the information and testimonials about ‘What to do'?
I was reading a post recently from a second time Mom, and she was sharing just how hard it is and the importance of realizing that, as the Mom, only YOU know what’s right for your family. 👏🏻
I want to let Mama’s know that there ARE things you can do!
No, I haven’t reinvented the wheel or invented some new miracle product, but we CAN go over the basics according to Dr. Harvey Karp. Because, the beginning is HARD. There’s no other way to say it. There is A LOT of crying as we navigate how to respond and help our babies adapt to this big, new world.
💟Swaddle- Your baby developed in a warm, compact environment. Swaddling helps mimic this during sleep while keeping them calm.
💟Side/Stomach- putting a fussy baby over your shoulder with knees scrunched up is their comfy spot. Note: these postures should not be used unattended or when caregiver is at risk of falling asleep themselves.
💟Shush- A fellow Mama told me a story recently how her 2 year old remembered hearing her heartbeat while in the womb. We can recreate that by shushing, white noise, running shower, fans, etc.
💟Swing- Our babies were used to 12-15 hours of motion a day. So, our new babies will love to be rocked and bounced with their heads supported.
💟Suck- Breast, pacifiers, bottles, repeat 🙂
Just like anything else, it takes practice. If it doesn’t work the first time, that’s okay. You’re in it together.