7 Ways to Establish Good Sleep Habits From Birth (must-read for expecting moms)

July 11, 2018
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I frequently hear from other moms that their children aren’t good sleepers. That still, at 5-years-old, their child is not sleeping through the night.

Now, I do believe that some children are better sleepers than others; however, there are things we can do to help teach our children to sleep, and it can be started as soon as they come home from the hospital.

You don’t have to be one of those parents who is exhausted because their child doesn’t sleep.

There are things you can do to set your baby up with good sleep habits from birth, and I’m going to walk you through it below.

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7 Ways To Establish Good Sleep Habits From Birth (must-read for expecting moms)

1) Find the Right Resources

There are many books, blogs, and methods concerning babies and sleep.

Read all of the books and articles you can while pregnant. I could overload you with information but I want to keep it simple in this post.

My top book recommendations are On Becoming Babywise, and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.

Babywise will help you get a schedule and routine down, and Healthy Sleep Habits will help you understand everything you need to know about sleep and babies.

If you’re looking for even more books to read, Babywise Mom has an extensive list of the best sleep training books.

2) Establish a Good Sleep Environment

Think about when you get the best nights sleep. It’s probably not when you have noisy neighbors or are too hot.

The same goes for your baby.

Set them up for success sleeping by having a great sleep environment.

For newborns, this means making sure the room isn’t too hot or cold, a good swaddle, and sound machine. We have had great success with all 3 of our babies sleeping in the rock n play but any bassinet or crib is fine.

3) Get Them On a Schedule

Newborns need to eat every 2.5-3 hours.

Aim for feeding them every 3 hours. If your baby starts to eat at 7, start to feed them again at 10.

4) Eat, Play, Sleep

After they eat, it’s play time!

Playtime for newborns is really just a diaper change and some snuggles or singing before it’s nap time.

It’s extremely important to not overstimulate your baby. A newborn will only be able to handle being awake for 30-50 minutes at a time.

Read more at –> Twin Mom and More

This week is a big week of blogging for the ladies of the Babywise Friendly Blogging Network (read more about it –> HERE). Our topic is Babywise and sleep. Every day Mon-Fri there will be at least one post on the subject. You can find the links to all of them below:


Val – Chronicles of a Babywise Mom

How To Solve Sleep Problems For Toddlers and Preschoolers

Once you move on up into the toddler and preschool years, sleep troubleshooting often looks different to troubleshooting sleep issues for babies.

Val does a wonderful job of clearly outlining how much mental and physical exercise affects the sleep of toddlers and preschoolers.

She gives helpful tips to work through any issues you might be having.


Caitlin – Twin Mom and More

7 Ways To Establish Good Sleep Habits From Birth (must-read for expecting moms)

Sleep training is often recommended to be started only after a baby is 4-months old. Really, it is up to the parent’s discretion. However, it is never too early to start establishing healthy sleep habits.

Caitlin has written a brilliant post that gives practical and helpful tips to get you started.

This is a perfect post for the new or expecting mom!

Natasha – Let’s Be Brave

Dropping To One Nap

This is often a transition that moms dread because they’re not sure how to go about it.

It can also be daunting wondering what you’re going to do with your child during the hours that they would normally be asleep for.

Natasha has written a great summary of how to know when your child is ready for this transition, as well as how to go about implementing it.


Katrina – Mama’s Organized Chaos

How To Know If Your Child Is Ready To Drop To No Naps

The transition that daunted me more than the 2-1 nap transition was definitely the one where naps are said goodbye to entirely.

Dropping the final nap does not mean that your child does not still need some amount of rest during the day.

Katrina has written up a post that will help you as the parent identify if your child is indeed ready for this last nap transition.

Kim – Team Cartwright

7 Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime

Our kids go to bed at the same time almost every night. They very rarely fall asleep straight away, and I personally have no issue with that.

Kim has written this post to address why its totally okay and actually something you might want! Kids don’t have to fall asleep straight away.


Christine – Christine Keys

5 Powerful Reasons Babywise Is Effective For All Kinds of Babies

Has your baby got colic, reflux, or is just high needs?

You may write Babywise off because your baby is considered outside of the range of ‘normal’.

This post is written to encourage you to reconsider as Babywise has been known to be successful for all kinds of babies. In fact, many moms give testament to it making their lives so much easier!

Carrie – Wiley Adventures

Continuing Healthy Sleep Habits With Older Children

There is a ton of information out there about how to implement healthy sleep habits for babies, however, I love that Carrie has written a post about how to continue that with older children.

Older children still have difficulties with sleep at times and still require healthy boundaries in order to flourish.


Emily – The Journey of Parenthood

How to Tell if you Have a High Sleep Needs or a Low Sleep Needs Baby 

Believe it or not but babies are not all the same. Rocket science, right?

In all seriousness, this post from Emily on addressing levels of sleep needs is incredibly helpful as a parent.

It is so important to be able to recognise in the individual needs of our children so that we can do our best to set them up for success.

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