When will my baby sleep through the night?
You have brought home your precious new baby and can’t wait to enjoy the comforts of home and your own beds.
However, sleep is in short demand for a new parent, much of the time. THIS IS NORMAL!
But really folks…what did you expect? Unfortunately, you expected the fictitious scenario that society, authors and so called experts have created, in which new parents have “good babies” that sleep.
Today I Google searched the words Newborn Sleep and saw 28,000,000 results pop up.
Most of the results land you an “expert” trying to sell you their book about how to establish a routine and get your baby to sleep.
When your mother or next door neighbor asks:
- “Is she a good baby?
- Is she letting you sleep?
- Are you really feeding her again?
Just nod your head, smile and answer, “YES!”.
You see, the truth of the matter is that it is normal for babies to eat frequently, and cry or get your attention, in order to get their needs met! What a smart and “good” baby she is!
Research supports this, and meeting their needs, will lend to a happy, healthier baby who trusts the world she is living in.
Enjoy this 5 minute video below-created by Amy Brown, PhD, College of Human and Health Sciences, UK
This animation explores how normal it is for babies to wake up and feed at night and why they do this. It also looks at evidence showing what you feed a baby in terms of milk and solid foods does not affect their sleep.
Oh yes…..and enjoy meeting the needs of your amazing new baby!
Before you know it, it is time to go Prom dress shopping and you will be going on college tours!
Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC