Sleep Coaching Part 2, 0-3 months

With Liz Crowley

@littlesleepcoach on Instagram

  • Organize your days into 12 hour segments: 12 hours for day and 12 hours for evening.

  • When you start the evening cycle, keep them in their sleep environment and keep the room darker so they can adjust to knowing sleeping hasn’t in the evening when it’s darker.

  • 0-3 months is the 4th trimester and Liz does not recommend sleep training in the first 3 months. It’s a time of bonding so if they’re crying it’s recommended to pick them up.

  • In the first 3 months, there’s no strict schedule imposed.

  • Even in the first 3 months though you can lay them down when they’re tired to practice falling asleep in their sleep space without sleep props. (Even parents can be considered sleep props that they grow accustomed to needing in order to fall asleep, like my kid).

  • Take a few minutes to reflect and acknowledge why you make the decisions you do regarding sleep for baby.

  • A newborn doesn’t have a fully formed nervous system, so you want to have structure, but flexibility within the structure.

  • Consistency with the 12 hour segments, but not rigidity which often is accompanied by anxiety.

  • Lot’s of eye contact, lot’s of talking to newborn.

  • For a newborn, when you introduce sleep props, consider not using them all the time. You don’t want baby to depend on it.

  • After 3 months, you can start to implement schedules and routines to help them settle into more consistency.

  • It’s suggested to wait at least 2 weeks before introducing the pacifier.

  • If you swaddle your newborn, be sure to remove it once they start rolling. So really after 2 months, you want to transition out of swaddles so they can’t injure themselves, but double check with your pediatrician if you decide to swaddle so you can watch for when to transition baby away from the swaddle.

  • White noise machine can be soothing

  • Keep the crib totally empty to prevent suffocation.

  • Swaddles

  • Especially in the evening, try a diaper change before feeding to help baby adjust to a pause before eating at night, which can help them adjust to eventually go without feeding in the middle of the night when it’s age appropriate.

  • Amber night lights are better than blue light which can signal daylight. (Especially screens)