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How To Get a Newborn To Fall Asleep

Watch more New Parents Survival Kit videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Get a newborn to fall asleep fast with these tried and true tricks. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning To greatly reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), _always_, without exception, put your baby to sleep on his back. Step 1: Make baby comfy Make sure your baby is comfortable: His tummy should be full and his diaper should be clean and dry. Tip It's okay to allow a very new baby to fall asleep while nursing or taking a bottle, but don't let it become a crutch. You'll regret it when he's older and will only go to sleep while being fed. Step 2: Swaddle Swaddle your baby. He'll feel as cozy as if he's still in the womb, and hopefully relaxed enough to drift off to sleep. Step 3: Make temperature adjustments Make sure your baby is neither cold nor hot. If you think he might be cold, don't add blankets—loose covers are a suffocation hazard. A blanket sleeper with an extra t-shirt underneath should keep your baby cozy. Step 4: Get moving Get moving. Your baby is used to being rocked, swayed, and walked in Mom's belly, so that's often what he needs to enter Dreamland. Tip Just can't do another lap around the living room with Junior? Try sitting on an exercise ball and bouncing gently. This lulls many babies to sleep. Step 5: Sing Sing—anything, as long as it's gentle and lyrical. It doesn't matter if it's off-key. Your baby loves your voice no matter what. It doesn't even matter if it's made-up nonsense. Step 6: Add some racket Add a little racket. The drone of a fan or white noise machine has been known to help babies fall asleep. Tip Don't let an infant cry himself to sleep. Even if you could stomach the heart-wrenching sobs, this tactic will only undermine your baby's trust in your ability to comfort him. Step 7: Wait with him Put your baby down when he's drowsy, but not yet asleep; you can stay with him until he conks out. He'll learn to drift off by himself, even when he wakes up in the night—meaning more ZZZs for you. Did You Know? Fetuses mostly snooze during the day, when Mom is moving around, because the motion rocks them to sleep.
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