1. Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play.
Always put your baby on his or her back to sleep. Supervised tummy time is beneficial for the development of head, neck, and trunk control.
2. Make Feeding A Priority.
Establishing healthy feeding is the most important priority for the first 6 months and if it isn’t going smoothly talk to your pediatrician or lactation professional- it could disrupt your baby’s ability to sleep well.
3. Create a Safe and Sleep-Friendly Environment.
Ensure your baby’s sleep space is quiet, can be made dark and is free of toys, blankets, and pillows.
4. Develop a Relaxing Bedtime Routine.
Use a bath, infant massage or a short book to signal it’s bedtime each evening.
5. Respect Daytime Sleep.
Make naps a priority so that your baby doesn’t become overtired during the day and this will help nighttime sleep, too.
6. Know Your Baby’s Sleep Windows.
Young babies can only be awake for short periods of time. Make sure you understand when your baby is ready to sleep again, whether for a nap of bedtime.
7. Understand Sleep Quality and Quantity.
Quality sleep means slumber in a dedicated, quiet and motionless place. Sleep quantity differs depending on the age of your child.
8. Sleepy But Awake.
Help your baby learn the skill of putting her or himself to sleep by putting them in their crib sleepy but still awake enough to remember how and where they fell asleep.
9. Be Consistent.
Babies love predictability and routine. If you are consistent with your schedule and responses your baby will have an easier time getting good sleep.
10. Be patient!
There is great variability in babies and it’s important to be patient with yourself and your child as they are learning the skill of sleep.