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Step by step, putting your newborn to bed
For the first few weeks after she is born, your newborn will likely be deciding when everyone gets to sleep. By sticking to a routine, both of your bodies can start adjusting to the sleep schedule you make together, instead of the one picked by someone who doesn’t know what a clock is.
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Step one: Timing is everything
Newborns sleep constantly, on average about 16 hours a day, so feel free to let your newborn rest when she wants to.
However, you should also feel free to try and gradually teach your newborn to wake and sleep when you need her to. Naps should typically last about two hours, and longer ones up to four. Hopefully you can start to synchronize your newborn’s longer periods of sleep with yours. Or, at least, give it your best shot.
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Step two: Get the lighting right
Unlike a sleep-trained adult, newborns aren’t used to falling asleep just at night (they’re not used to anything – they’re brand-new!).
Starting as early as two weeks, your baby can benefit from having the light in her nursery match the light outside – dim for day and blacked-out at night. This helps her begin to slowly adjust to longer nighttime sleeps.
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Step three: Put on a fresh diaper
Comfort and dryness are really important for proper sleep. Consider wrapping your baby in Pampers Swaddlers Overnights before every nap to keep her from waking up due to an uncomfortable diaper.
Pampers Swaddlers Overnights have a unique Absorb Away Liner™ and provide up to 12 hours of overnight dryness. Nothing ruins a good nap like a leaky diaper, and thankfully, Pampers Swaddlers Overnights are there to keep your newborn comfortable.
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Step four: Dress for the occasion
Your newborn should be wearing whatever she needs to be comfortable. If it’s warm in the room, that might mean all she has on is her Pampers Swaddlers Overnights, or it could mean a heavy onesie if it’s cool.
Be sure to avoid overheating. Your newborn should at most be wearing one layer more than you’d wear.
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Step five: Lay them down
Your newborn should always sleep on her back. While it might seem uncomfortable to you, it’s the safest way for a baby to sleep. Don’t worry, she won&;t mind.
Make sure that there are no pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or loose sheets in the crib. For safe newborn sleep, all you should have in the crib is a mattress and a fitted sheet.