Today’s question is from tired mama Yvonne and she writes:
“My newborn takes crappy naps. She will wake up (like clockwork) right about 30 minutes needing us to soothe her back to sleep with rocking or a paci. I have tried countless times to try to put her to bed drowsy (but awake), but it never works. We spend on average 1 – 1.5 hrs trying to get our newborn to sleep only to have her wake up 30 minutes later (almost 60-70% of the time) and start the whole marathon of trying to get her back to sleep again. Could it be that 6 weeks is just too soon for her to figure out how to go to sleep without our help?”
So if your baby will only take 30 minute catnaps (maybe 45 on a good day), stay tuned because today’s blog post is for you. I’ll share 3 easy tips that will have you newborn taking longer naps in no time.
Nothing’s more frustrating than spending your entire day trying to get your baby to take a nap.
No matter what you do, she won’t nap longer than 30 minutes.
You can’t return phone calls, check emails, get anything done around the house (or even watch your favorite TV shows) because….
You know as soon as you sit down and get comfortable you’ll hear it.
The screeching from the nursery.
And you’ll have to run in, help her fall back asleep, tip toe of out the room and pray she’ll stay asleep this time.
Ugh! I totally get it.
If you ever wondered, “How can I get my newborn to take longer naps?”, I created today’s blog post just for you.
Press play and let’s get right into our 3 tips.
Step One: Implement A Daily Routine
- Feed your baby every 2.5-3 hours during the day
- You’ll need to feed her more frequently during growth spurts
- And it’s totally normal for babies this age to need night feeds
Step Two: Look For Sleep Cues
- Keep your eye out for things such as yawning, rubbing her eyes, staring off into space or your little one getting really quiet
- Stop what you’re doing and get her into bed immediately
Step Three: Help Your Little One Fall Back Asleep
- It’s totally OK to go in and help your newborn fall back to sleep (I actually encourage it)
- Remember it’s not about how many times you go into the nursery, it’s about what you do once you’re there
- Bonus Tip: use the 5’s to help your newborn easily fall back asleep
Just by being consistent, you’ll be light years ahead of your friends who try the “spaghetti method”.
You know where they’ll try anything to get their baby’s to sleep and see what sticks.
Trust me the “spaghetti method” NEVER works as a long term solution.
You usually end up more confused then when you started and with a bigger mess to clean up.
Think marina sauce on a white wall and spaghetti hanging from the chandelier.
Yeah, it ain’t pretty 🙂
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
In comments below tell me,
What your biggest take away from today’s audio lesson and one specific action will you take to help your newborn take longer naps?
Because baby’s nap time is mama’s playtime,