Newborns Want—And Need—Sleep

In the first few weeks home your baby may sleep up to 18 hours over the course of a full day and full night. This means you can expect lots of intermitted attempts (and successes) at napping and shut-eye in the weeks ahead as your newborn deciphers night from day—and exactly when he/she should (and should not) be sleeping.

By three months of age, a sleep routine is usually achieved—often the result of many things that you can do now in support of your baby’s development of good sleep habits. For example, be aware of your newborn’s subtle sleepy hints and cues—like yawning, scratching an ear, and rubbing eyes. You’ll want to try to always put him/her down to sleep before overtiredness sets in—and to help your baby relax before getting cranky.

To learn more about baby sleep cues read this timeless article from the Mom Junction website—its information is great to share with other new moms, too.  You also might want to print out and post in your baby’s nursery this intuitive and helpful sleep guide for newborns through one year. It will certainly help you see the great progress your baby is making (and will continue to make) in developing good sleep habits over his/her first 12 months!