Five Tips to Ensure a Good Night's Sleep for Baby, from PEOPLE's Health Squad Pediatrician
SCHEDULE IT OUT
"Hands down, the best thing is to have a consistent nightly routine. That way, your baby will relax and know that rest time is coming," PEOPLE's Health Squad Pediatrician, Dr. Elizabeth Murray, says of her No. 1 tip to set babies up for sleep-time success.
"I recommend bath, brush, book, bed. A simple bath, brush teeth (or wipe the gums until teeth are present), share a favorite book (your baby will love to hear your voice) and then bed."
"Knowing that your baby is in a safe space should also put your mind at ease. Infants should be in their own sleep space, but in your room," Murray advises. "The youngest infants can be in a bassinet and then transition to a crib at two or three months."
SNUG AS A BUG
"A snuggled baby is often a happy baby. However, blankets aren't the safest option for bundling your baby during sleep," Murray warns.
"Wearable sleep blankets provide plenty of warmth and snuggle while avoiding the risk of accidentally covering your baby's face," she adds.
COVERING THE BASES
Murray advises all parents to "take a CPR/first-aid class" to learn how to handle health-related issues that might crop up.
"These are basic life skills that everyone should know, but a refresher course before bringing home a baby will help you feel more prepared to handle anything," she notes.
RESTED PARENTS, RESTED BABY
"Moms and dads need rest too!" Murray points out.
"It's normal and necessary for a newborn to be up every two to three hours — that doesn't make for a good night's rest for adults."
"It's tempting to catch up on all the other household chores while baby is napping but everything seems worse when you are exhausted," she says. "Nap when your baby naps as much as you can."
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