4. Newborn Sleep Issues

Natalie is expecting her first baby in about a month, and is concerned about the topic of sleep! She and her husband are both deep sleepers who value their rest, and they’ve heard and read a lot about the lack of sleep in the first year. People love to commiserate, especially on social media, so it’s no wonder that there’s so much talk about how hard it is to get sleep once baby arrives!

This might leave you feeling like there’s nothing to do but wait until baby figures out sleep on their own. But that doesn’t have to be the case! In today’s episode, I’ll take a deep dive into sleep in chronological order based on how old your baby is.

The first few days (listen at 04:53): babies usually sleep great the first night. The second and third nights usually involve a lot of cluster feeding. After the fourth night, baby sleeps a tiny bit more, because your milk starts to come in. In these days, the most important thing that helps is swaddling!

The first week or weeks (listen at 06:34): keep swaddling baby! At this stage, babies often sleep all day and stay up all night, so help him get his days and nights figured out by keeping him in a bright room with background noise during the day. At night, baby should be in a dark room with a white noise machine.

The first month (listen at 08:36): baby will want to eat a lot. Stay consistent about getting your days and nights figured out, and continue swaddling the baby.

The second and third months (listen at 09:13): during this time, babies tend to be able to go for longer stretches, maybe even overnight. He’ll usually want two or three overnight feedings during these months.

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The fourth month (listen at 10:23): a lot of babies go through a sleep regression. This can be frustrating, but once you work through it, baby will usually end up sleeping for longer stretches. To learn more, tune into my webinar!

The six month (listen at 12:18): most babies either sleep through the night, or only wake up once. By this age, baby is busy! He’s crawling, moving, and eating, so he needs his rest.

The ninth month (listen at 13:54): at this point, almost all babies are able to sleep through the night. They drop to two naps a day, and around 12-15 months, they usually drop to one. Hang onto that last nap for as long as you can!

I hope that’s reassuring! If you want even more information and guidance on getting good sleep for your baby (and yourself!), check out my online program. As a podcast listener, you get a special 20% discount! Just go to this link, follow the program, and expect to see improvements to your baby’s sleep within a week.

In This Episode:

[01:17] – Welcome to the show! Dr. B lets listeners in on a secret: he’s recording this from a hotel while on a babymoon.

[02:17] – Today’s question comes from Natalie, who has concerns about sleep during a baby’s first year.

[02:50] – We hear a bit more about Natalie’s family.

[03:47] – Are there any family dynamics or special circumstances that Dr. B should keep in mind while addressing this topic?

[04:05] – Dr. B points out that you don’t have to wait for baby to figure sleep out, and you can help them.

[04:38] – We learn that Dr. B goes in chronological order when talking about sleep, and this episode will follow that format.

[04:53] – We learn about baby’s sleep in the first few days.

[06:34] – Dr. B talks about the first week (or weeks), offering recommendations on how to help baby to learn to sleep at night.

[08:36] – We hear about what baby wants during the first month, which can be difficult especially if you have other children at home.

[09:13] – Dr. B discusses baby’s sleep during the second and third months.

[10:23] – We learn about the common sleep regression that happens at around four months of age.

[12:18] – Dr. B digs into what you can expect of your baby’s sleep at around six months old.

[13:54] – At around nine months, almost all babies can sleep through the night.

[16:36] – Dr. B recommends going to a specific age in the episode if you want to learn about your baby’s specific point of development, which you can do using the time stamps in these show notes.

[17:14] – Is there anything else that Natalie needs help with?

[18:10] – If you’re looking for help getting your infant to sleep, check out Dr. B’s sleep program at this link! As a listener, you get a special discount by using the link provided.

[20:10] – If this episode helped you, please share it with your friends or other parents who you know! Dr. B would also appreciate a review, which helps this podcast reach more parents.

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Dr. B’s webinar on the four-month sleep regression

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