None of us are born knowing everything and when we become parents for the first time it really can feel like this parenting lark is a mine field. It doesn't always get any easier with experience either! And just as we aren't born knowing everything, your brand new baby isn't either. Sleep is often mistaken for one of the most easiest things in the world to do, but actually it can be a struggle for some babies. But that's what we're here for, right? We parents have all the tricks up our sleeves, right? We've got this, right? Um, well... maybe. Some things don't come as naturally as you might think, so H
Or failing the hair dryer, you can always try the vacuum cleaner, extractor fan, washing machine, tumble dryer... or an app that plays any of the above sounds. Wondering what on earth we're talking about? Ah, let us tell you all about white noise!
So called white noise is a magic trick only parents know about. Its that low level constant noise that we often tune out, that miraculously helps newborn babies to fall asleep. Try it before you knock it! So many studies have been done on the effectiveness of white noise, and its definitely a sure fired way of helping your overtired newborn to sleep. Some parents have even reported its effectiveness when dealing with their own insomnia!
The reason why white noise works so well is simple. The low frequency and constant noise helps to emulate the sounds that your newborn has been used to inside the womb. It helps to block out other noises too, thus inducing a state of peace and calm. And once that calmness has settled, sleep is never far behind. This is one parenting hack you won't be able to keep to yourself.
Or thin blanket. Or, if you're feeling extravagant, the swaddle sack. Yep swaddling. Another newborn baby must do if your little one is struggling to sleep. The reasons why swaddling works so well also relate back to being in utero, and there are many others reasons besides why its such a tried and tested method for babies who cannot sleep. For one, the so called startle reflex is suppressed when baby is swaddled, meaning she is less likely to wake herself up with flailing arms. And the feeling of being snug and 'hugged' helps to settle and calm babies too, making sleep even more likely when she's swaddled. Always follow safe sleeping advice, and read this post for more information.
The pram walk
Or car drive, swing, dance, rock... yep, its movement. So many parents report that their newborn falls asleep so quickly every time they venture out with the pram or in the car, and I wouldn't mind betting that every parent has resorted to this at some point to get their baby off to the land of slumber. We humans are very basic, because this one also goes back to the feelings we experience in the womb. As mum moves around, baby is rocked and lulled to sleep, so once they're out in the real world, the sensation of being moved rhythmically works in much the same way to soothe and calm. This is why you see so many parents rocking and swaying with a baby in their arms- they know the secret. And now, so you do.