October 28, 2014

Newborn Sleep Update and Tips

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

 Don't wake the sleeping baby!

With daylight savings time approaching, it can be a little nerve racking for moms with babies and toddlers because they may be concerned that it will mess up their sleeping routine. Right now, Adalyn is 1 month old. We don't really have a "routine" down per se but we are getting there. 

I go to bed early in hopes to get some sleep (8:30-9 PM). Troy takes care of Adalyn from that time until 11 or 11:30 PM where he gives her a pumped bottled and then puts her to bed. She then gets up every 2-3 hours to eat until the morning. It is a little rough right now feeding her 3-4 times per night but I know that it is only temporary until she gets a bit bigger. With daylight savings time, we will see how she adjusts (dear god, please let it be okay!). She may start getting up earlier with this change but we will see. 
Some of my baby sleeping tips so far are as follows: 
-Swaddle the baby- Adalyn loves to be tightly swaddled and sleeps a lot better when she is swaddled. The brand that has worked best for us is Halo because it is the only swaddle that she cannot get out of (except in the picture below- I am living with mini Houdini).

-Do what works- As a brand new mom with a super young baby, a baby this age cannot be sleep trained. Some nights, after an hour and a half of trying to get her to sleep, we finally let her sleep on our chests. This is sometimes the only thing that works. We try our best to get her to sleep in her crib which usually is fine but sometimes, we just do what we can to get her to sleep which in turn, lets us get a bit of sleep.

-Keep it dark- During the day, we keep the lights on, shades open, etc. During the night, I either keep it completely dark or have a nightlight on.

-Keep it quiet- We try not to engage Adalyn much during the night. I feed her, change her as needed, give her her pacifier, etc. We do not sing or talk during the night so that she can learn the difference between the day and night. 
Pampers conducted a survey in 2013 where they found that 24% of moms thought that having a dry diaper was the number one thing that helped their baby sleep through the night. Hey, at this point, I will try anything for a bit more sleep! Sleep is important for cognitive and physical development as well as sociability and mood. 

Pampers has worked to keep baby dry through all parts of the day. They learned that babies are more likely to wake up when they are wet. That makes a lot of sense because as adults, we would not want to be sitting in a dirty diaper. Their diapers have three different layers that help provide dryness for up to 12 hours. 

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  1. Are you planning to use cloth diapers? I would love to read your reviews on them.


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