Life with a newborn often feels like a personal challenge.聽You鈥檙e learning how to keep your little one聽healthy 鈥 personally聽tracking every聽diaper, nap and meal聽鈥斅燼nd you鈥檙e doing it all on very, very little sleep. Meanwhile, your baby has zero concept of 3:30am versus p.m.

Newborn baby sleeping on a bed wearing a blue hat

To your little bundle of joy, any time feels like a great time to be awake. However, there is a way to get your Zzz鈥檚 back聽鈥斅爄f you鈥檙e willing to teach your baby that there really is a difference between day and聽night.聽Wait 鈥 that鈥檚 something you have to teach? Yes! Read on and learn聽how easy it is in these聽three steps.

1. Daytime has lights and sounds. It鈥檚 so, so tempting to dim the lights and tiptoe around when your little one finally falls asleep during the day. Especially if you鈥檙e聽planning to get some of your own personal stuff done! But try to聽resist the urge to create a soundproof聽cocoon during daylight hours. Start your baby鈥檚 sleep habits off on the right foot and teach them that the daytime is for busy and noisy. They should nap several times a day, but it doesn鈥檛 have to be pin-drop quiet. Go ahead and talk on the phone, get stuff done around the house and live your day! Be sure to keep the shades open too. The natural daylight may encourage your little one to take shorter snoozes during the day 鈥 which can result to longer stretches of sleep at night 鈥 and will also reinforce the daytime feeling when they wake up and see light.

2. The night is dark and quiet. First, try to establish a bedtime routine that teaches baby that nighttime sleep is about to begin.聽When your baby wakes in the night to eat, try picking her up without any other sound other than shushing or soft whispers. Keep the lights off if you can. If that鈥檚 not possible, just keep them very dim. After the feeding and diapering, go right back to swaddling, quiet rocking, swaying or whatever soothing technique your baby enjoys. If your baby is awake and playful, keep the mood mellow, the lights low聽and the sounds very quiet. Don鈥檛 play with your baby, simply continue soothing and creating a calm environment until she finally drifts back to sleep.

3. The morning is exciting! When the baby wakes up at the time of day you call morning, make it exciting! Open the shades, turn on the lights and greet your baby in your normal speaking voice. Show her that the morning light means that activity is starting again in the house. It may seem silly to do this with a newborn, but they really are soaking up everything around them.

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