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The Challenges of Newborn Sleep and How to Overcome Them

Newborns have very erratic sleep patterns that can make life difficult for new parents. As babies grow, their sleep patterns evolve, but getting a good night’s sleep can still be a challenge. In this post, we’ll explore some of the challenges of newborn sleep and provide some tips on how to overcome them.

One of the biggest challenges of newborn sleep is that babies sleep in short stretches, waking up frequently throughout the night. This can be exhausting for parents, especially when they’re trying to get back to sleep between feedings. To cope with this, it’s important to try to sleep when the baby sleeps. This may mean napping during the day or going to bed earlier in the evening.

Another challenge is that babies often have a hard time settling down and falling asleep. One way to help with this is to establish a consistent bedtime routine. This could include a warm bath, a story, and a lullaby. Creating a calm and quiet environment can also help your baby feel more relaxed and ready for sleep.

Newborn sleep training is another challenge that parents often face. While it’s important to teach your baby healthy sleep habits from the start, it can be tough to know where to begin. A good place to start is by establishing a consistent sleep schedule. This means putting your baby to bed at the same time each night and waking them up at the same time each morning.

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It’s also important to establish a sleep-friendly environment for your baby. This could mean using blackout curtains to block out light, using a white noise machine to drown out the noise, or using a comfortable sleep surface like a bassinet or crib. Once your baby is used to their sleep routine and environment, you can start to work on sleep training techniques like self-soothing.

If your baby is still waking up frequently throughout the night, you may want to consider baby sleep training techniques like the Ferber method or the cry-it-out method. These methods involve gradually teaching your baby to fall asleep on their own and self-soothe when they wake up during the night.


Newborn sleep can be a challenge, but there are ways to overcome it. By overcoming these challenges, you can help your baby get the sleep they need and give it some much-needed rest as well. Remember, every baby is different, so it may take some trial and error to find what works best for you and your little one.

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Dominic Bremer