There are so many theories, baby sleep tips and best practices on how to get your baby to sleep for naps and through the night. Before I had kids, I used very simple small tricks to get babies sleeping during a newborn session…. and our goal is for them to sleep the majority if not the whole session. I have done Newborn Photography Atlanta for over 8 years and love every second of it and learn something new all the time.
I would always swaddle first. I’ve heard so many parents tell me that their baby hates being swaddled, but it is all about how cuddled and secure they feel. If you baby is fed and comfortable, we are set to start. I hold them on the side and on my hand and forearm. Then, rocked and talked softly. We always put white noise in the background as well with a little “sh sh shhhhhh.” Letting them get tired works best! They do need to have awake time, so just plan accordingly.
Some open eyed photos are a great add on to the gallery. Of course, I was there for 2 hours and not for each nap and night time, so I did not have much to go on. But for what I needed, it worked wonders!!
100 different ideas were thrown at me. Moms on Call, Taking Cara Babies… tons.
I’ve heard “my baby doesn’t like to be swaddled” ” she likes her hands up” – this is all fine, but in those first few weeks, they feel safe in a swaddle and their reflexes wont jolt them awake! My favorite baby sleep tips: Swaddling provides a sense of security and comfort to many babies. It prevents their startle reflex (Moro reflex) from waking them up, as their movements are restricted.
Swaddling can have a calming effect on fussy or colicky babies. The gentle pressure on their body can help reduce their stress levels and make it easier for them to relax.
It’s important to note that swaddling should be done safely to prevent overheating or hip dysplasia. Swaddle your baby with their hips in a flexed position and use lightweight, breathable blankets. Always place your baby on their back to sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
White noise is a consistent and steady sound that drowns out background noises and provides a soothing auditory environment. Here’s how white noise can help a baby sleep:
When using white noise, make sure it’s at a safe volume and placed away from the baby’s crib to avoid damaging their hearing. You can use dedicated white noise machines or apps specifically designed for infants.
This is my favorite baby sleep tip, I lay baby on her side, her cheek/side of face goes into my hand and her feet/bottom are up against my stomach. The I sway! The head from my hand to her cheek tends to calm soo many babies. I learned this with my own daughter. She would automatically calm when she felt warmth on her cheek. Skin to skin concept?
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