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Your First Night Home with Baby: Questions About Newborn Sleep

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One of the great joys we have here at Let Mommy Sleep is transitioning first time parents home from the hospital with their newborns.  This blog, “Your First Night Home with Baby: Newborn Sleep Questions” is the first of our three part series, “Your First Night Home with Baby,” and answers our most commonly asked newborn care sleep questions. As humans we’re programmed to be, well, terrified that first night because we’re fiercely protecting that little miracle. We hope our answers help ease your stress and create a magical first night home.

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One of the great joys we have here at Let Mommy Sleep is transitioning first time parents home from the hospital with their newborns.  This blog, “Your First Night Home with Baby: Newborn Sleep Questions” is the first of our three part series, “Your First Night Home with Baby,” and answers our most commonly asked newborn sleep questions. As humans we’re programmed to be, well, terrified that first night because we’re fiercely protecting that little miracle.   We hope our answers help ease your stress and create a magical first night home.

What should my baby wear?  
Baby should wear what you would be comfortable in, plus 1 layer and a swaddle.  For example, a recommended outfit for baby to sleep in would be a onesie, footed pajamas and swaddle blanket.

How about a hat?
As Rachelle Bernard, RN says in Mom.me, a good rule of thumb is to keep baby’s hat on if you’re awake and off if you’re asleep.  Those little hats can move and become a safety hazard. When you go to sleep, keep peace of mind and practice safe sleep by removing baby’s hat.

How do I swaddle?
Swaddling mimics the feel of the womb which is a comfort to baby.That is why the “baby burrito” is universally recommended. Our YouTube channel shows several swaddling techniques by our Registered Nurses and Newborn Care Providers.

My baby is busting out of the swaddle, what do I do?  

For newborns, give baby a snug swaddle. At this age baby’s movements are not always purposeful and the reflexive movements they have can keep them from feeling rested.

Where should my baby sleep?  

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends room-sharing, or baby sleeping in the same room as parents but not in the same bed. This means a bassinet next to the bed or a co-sleeper that attaches to the bed is recommended.

Should I wake baby to feed?  

That is up to your pediatrician. Babies that have jaundice may need to be woken to feed as milk/formula allows bilirubins (the cause of the yellow color) to pass through baby. You should talk to your pediatrician in regards to this. Also if baby is underweight when born, or has lost more weight than expected since birth they may need to eat more often.  It’s important to note that both of these instances are not uncommon and often very easily corrected.

How do I wake baby to feed?

To wake baby, first loosen swaddle and clothes. If this does not work then undress baby down to a onesie. Changing babies diaper can also help waken them to feed.  Turning on the light does not work. In fact, it often encourages a newborn baby to close his or her eyes!

Help! My baby seems to stop breathing for a long time!  Is this normal?

A baby’s breathing patterns are not like adults. Check out our previous article, Newborn Breathing Patterns-What’s Normal, to find a good breakdown of normal newborn breathing patterns. However, as always, if you feel something is not right, please notify your child’s primary care physician.

“Your First Night Home with Baby: Questions About Newborn Sleep” is the first in our three part “Your First Night Home with Baby” series developed by the Let Mommy Sleep team.   Here is part 2, “Your First Night Home: FEEDING“.  And Part 3, “Your First Night Home: DIAPERING & BATHING.” 

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