1. Expose your baby to natural light during the day.
New babies have not developed their biological clock (circadian rhythm). Babies who are exposed to natural light during the day, adapt the circadian rhythm more quickly and sleep better at night.
2. Use white noise at night and nap-time.
Newborn babies are not used to silence - it is actually really loud in the womb! That's why noise that mimics the womb makes babies feel safe and helps them sleep. So make sure to invest in a white noise sleep aid.
3. Create your own routine but don't stress about it.
Try creating a consistent night-time routine even if your baby doesn't seem ready for bed. Make it yours and don't stress about it too much - going to bed at a similar time and starting white noise at bed-time is a good start!
4. Make sure the baby is actually awake.
Babies can be incredibly active while they are sleeping, so it's easy to think that they are awake. Refrain from picking your baby up if they are only stirring. A good white noise sleep aid should pick up on your baby stirring and play white noise automatically to soothe them back to sleep.
5. Optimise your bedroom environment.
Babies should sleep in their parents' room for at least 6 months. Bedroom environment is a key factor in getting a good night’s sleep (for baby and the parents!). Set the right temperature, eliminate external light and noise. Playing white noise blocks out external sounds and helps people of all ages sleep better through the night!