Newborn Sleep and Settling Support

Will your baby get into “bad” habits?

Should you let your baby sleep in your arms?

Are you “making a rod for your back”?

These are all questions mothers ask me every day.

There’s so much conflicting advice about how to get your baby to sleep through the night.

Unfortunately for too many years, mums have been threatened with “bad habits” and “making a rod for your back “.

These claims are not conducive to you or your baby’s long-term emotional wellbeing

I don’t claim to be the expert on your baby’s sleep needs – because every baby is different, but I will provide you with facts and evidence based care 

What I do claim is to listen to you and your fears around baby sleep and help you and your family get the rest you need without causing you or your baby stress.

For newborns – the priority is getting to know your baby and enhancing your bond

It takes several weeks where the baby needs lots of cuddles and comfort and then we can work on realistic expectations of baby sleep and how to work with your baby’s natural rhythm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Newborns typically sleep for 14-17 hours a day, although individual variations are normal. They may sleep for short periods, waking for feeding every 2-3 hours.

Ensure the room is dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature. Use a swaddle or sleep sack to create a cozy sleep space.

Start a simple bedtime routine around 6-8 weeks. This could include a warm bath, gentle massage, and calming activities to signal that it’s time for sleep.

While it’s challenging to enforce a strict schedule, aim for consistent wake-up times and bedtime. Follow a feed-play-sleep routine during the day to help regulate sleep patterns.

In the first few weeks, waking a newborn every 2-3 hours for feeding is important. Once they regain birth weight, you can let them sleep longer stretches at night.

Create a calming pre-sleep routine, dim the lights, and avoid stimulating activities close to bedtime. Swaddling or gentle rocking can also help.