During those first few weeks after the birth, your newborn experiences everything for the first time – so it’s little wonder they tire out quickly!
Your 1st priority, of course, is to create a healthy, happy and safe environment for baby to sleep in. After all, sleeping is what they’ll spend most of their time doing.
Here’s how to get started…
The crib or bassinet should be outfitted simply with a fitted sheet – sleep positioners, crib bumpers or loose toys are not recommended. It’s safest to put your baby to sleep on their back on a flat, firm surface to help reduce the risk of SIDS.
Since loose blankets could cover baby’s face, it’s best to skip the comforter. Footed pajamas under a swaddle or wearable blanket are often all you need. You can tell whether the baby is snug enough by touching the back of their neck, which should be warm but not hot.
You’ll also want to make sure your baby has a safe baby sleep environment when you’re outside the nursery. The flat surface of a carrycot – a bassinet-style stroller – is ideal for newborn safety, when your baby doesn’t have full head control. It also allows you to transition from home to the outdoors without having to wake up baby.