Try some of these creative ways to get your baby to sleep longer.
Having a newborn in the house will leave little time for rest. Newborns have their own idea of a schedule and it will not always fit into what you want. Many newborns are still adjusting to their new life and will need some help to teach them better sleeping habits.
The normal routine of a bottle, bath and bedtime story may not always work to put your baby to sleep right away. But do not worry, there are some things you can try that will help get your baby to sleep longer.
Create the mood for your baby to sleep
Just as with a grown up, babies have to be in the mood to do what you want them to do. Your babies room should be nice and bright during the day, but at bedtime you will want to slow things down. Make sure to draw the curtains and tone down play time. Once you get things slowed down, your baby will realize that it is time for bed.
Stick to a routine
The best way of getting your baby to sleep longer, is by sticking to a routine. Do the same things in the same order each night. Your baby will eventually associate those things with bedtime. This helps to give them a sense of security so that they know it is okay to go to sleep.
The best way to get your baby to sleep better, is to make sure that their belly is full. Being hungry is what normally wakes babies up. So you want to make sure that they have a bottle just before bedtime. Newborns will feed more frequently, but by eight-weeks-old your baby should be able to sleep at least six hours without being fed in between.