1 & 2 Month Old Baby: Sleep tips to get your newborn baby sleeping longer

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hi I'm Julie from baby sleep made simple

the video you are about to watch is me

answering a question sent in by a tired

mom on our Facebook live Q&A call I hope

you enjoy it so for these little guys

and gals the awake time is 1 to 2 hours

throughout the day no cat napping at

this age is really common and it can be

normal so I wouldn't recommend that you

worry about your baby only taking

30-minute naps or you know taking a

3-hour nap and then following it up with

a 40-minute nap that's okay your baby's

night's sleep is only gonna be about 8

to 10 hours not straight that would be


we're not there yet in a few months

we'll get there but right now your baby

needs to eat at night so what that means

is the amount of hours that you can

reasonably expect your baby to kind of

be in bed to be in the dark and for us

to be having night sleep is anywhere

from 8 to 10 hours in a 24-hour period

you're 1 and a half to 3 month old is

probably gonna get anywhere between 15

to 17 hours of total sleep give or take

an hour or two and I don't if you're not

the type of parent that wants to track

your baby sleep I don't recommend that

you start right now if you think it's

gonna kind of stress you out or be too

much for you to handle

I would really only recommend you start

tracking his sleep if you really think

there's a problem if you really think

that he's not sleeping enough or if he's

really fussy all day long all night long

and it's been for a while now a week or

more and so you don't have to worry

about all of these naps being at home


you can certainly utilize snaps on the

go if you want to get out and about if

you want to meet up with friends if you

need to run errands if you want to just

live a normal lives your baby's gonna

have to sleep on the go whether it's in

the baby carrier whether in the stroller

sometimes in the car that's fine and you

can certainly utilize motion naps as

well so you can have your baby nap in

the swing at home or also like in a

little vibrating chair that's fine as

long as you supervise your baby in these

spaces so the last thing that I will say

specifically for naps is to not let

anyone nap be longer than 2 hours and

then try to make sure they stay awake

for at least 30 minutes but hopefully

for another you know hour or two with

that recommended wake time the second

thing I want to go over for these

babes is day versus night confusion so a

lot of this is just physiological and

it's just going to develop when it's

time but there are certainly things that

we can do now to help reinforce daytime

versus nighttime for your baby so if

it's daytime and your baby is awake so

if your baby's feeding or playing

hanging out then certainly have the

curtains up and have the lights on have

some music playing or have the TV on

have your friends over engage as you

normally would during the day when it's

time for your baby to have a nap you

don't have to put them in a completely

blacked out room on his own and you know

tiptoe around the house and never flush

the toilet newborns can often sleep

anywhere and everywhere so if your one

or two month old is napping in the

living room while you're there and you

know your friends coming over to hang

out or you've got a podcast playing and

your baby's sleeping fine that's okay

you don't need to change anything you

may need to sort of dim the lights and

turn on the noise a little bit if your

baby's not napping so well so you might

want to turn off the overhead lights

believe the curtains open you might want

to silence your phone just make a few

subtle changes to help reduce the noises

that might wake your baby up but then

when it comes to nighttime we want to

get completely opposite you want to

think dark you know boring quiet you

really want to reinforce the idea that

during the night we do nothing except

sleep so what this means is obviously

you want your baby's bedroom to be dark

so you don't want to have any night

lights on you don't want to have the

mobile running with the lights you don't

to have like the projector running all

night your baby doesn't need to have a

nightlight on so I recommend you have a

really dark bedroom with only white

noise playing and anytime that you need

to wake up you know to feed your baby

and to change your baby really try to

work with as little light as possible so

try not to even turn on a lamp in the

bedroom or maybe not even like the

hallway light where it's shining in your

baby's bedroom instead try to work with

as little light as you can I do

recommend that babies this young sleep

swaddled because it helps them sleep so

much better it helps them

longer stretches it mutes the startle

reflex are making up your baby so you

can do a traditional swaddle but they

often break out of that so I don't

really recommend that instead I

recommend you get one of these

specialized sleep sects like the miracle

blanket or the love to dream or the womb

be there's a million of them out there

so I changed my baby first it's a lie

dog then I would we spot him and then

I'm getting ready for a feed and then I

would turn the light off and then you

want to feed your baby in the pitch

black as much as you can and where

possible you don't want to you know

engage too much you don't want to play

with him you know when to start like

poking his little cheeks in his nose and

start rubbing him too much or singing

Tim unless he's upset and he needs you

to calm him okay so the next thing you

want to do is you want to make sure that

your little one has the right bedtime

what I would do is just for the next few

days maybe up to a week I would just

kind of keep track of you know my baby's

bedtime and what time he was waking in

the middle of night wanting to play

right and then see okay well my baby can

only be expected to have eight to ten

hours of sleep and I'm putting him down

at 7:30 or 8:00 p.m. that could explain

why he's up at 4 a.m. and wanting to

play so what we want to do instead is we

want to make your bed baby's bedtime be

a little bit later for now if you've

tracked your baby's bedtime and wakings

in the night and for a week or so and

you say hmm it looks like my baby only

really at this age is able to have eight

hours of nighttime sleep then I need a

pretty late bedtime maybe even 10

o'clock if I don't want to start my day

before 6 a.m. right so what you need to

do instead is you need to add in an

early evening nap so if it's getting to

be 5:30 or 6 o'clock and your baby seems

really tired don't start doing a bedtime

routine and giving him a bath and

preparing for the night instead what I

would do is get him down for a nap at

that time and then once he wakes up then

I would gauge his bedtime to be an hour

or two after that and then you know 30

or 45 minutes before that of us heard

his bedtime routines so I think if you

take these tips onboard and you start

working on them today then your little

one should hopefully sleep through that

period of a wakefulness that they've

been having