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Baby Sleep Solutions: 0 to 3 Months

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Your newborn’s sleeping and waking cycles can be unpredictable — that's putting it mildly. During the first three months of your baby’s life, it’s best to accept the fact that you’ll be getting very little rest. But know that soon enough, your baby will settle into a sleeping routine that’s more manageable for the whole family. For now, check out some baby sleep solutions to help you manage the early months while setting your child up for sleep success in the future.

1. Watch for a pattern

During his first month, your baby will probably sleep at least 16 hours a day, but not all at one time. He'll be waking up every few hours to eat. After about 4 to 6 weeks, you might start to notice some changes, and maybe even a pattern, in his sleep. Those stretches of uninterrupted sleep may last a little longer, and so may the alert periods. Your newborn's timing won't be consistent yet, but he may be working toward three naps a day.

2. Avoid day and night reversal

A common newborn sleep issue is mixing up days and nights. This happens when your baby gets the bulk of his sleep during the day and then wants to stay up longer at night (and play) while everyone else is trying to snooze. There’s no overnight fix for this, but you can help get your baby back on track sooner by clearly differentiating night from day. Encourage wakefulness during the day by keeping the shades open



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