You’ve been driving round the block for an hour.
Yeah, you’re tired. But you know what? Your baby is for once sleeping soundly in their car seat.
And you have peace (albeit a slightly strung-out, caffeine-fuelled kind).
It’s a fact: raising tiny humans is hard.
Bringing a baby into the world is an epic adventure, but it’s also exhausting. Especially when your baby won’t sleep.
You’ve bounced them, rocked them, pushed them in the stroller. You’ve even tried some of more “end-of-tether tricks,” but alas, they’re not working.
The thing is, your newborn is adjusting to their new world. Physical touch, light, sound, learning to feed…even their eyesight isn’t fully developed yet.
As for you? It's brand new, too. You’re getting used to their cues. Are they too hot? No, they’re definitely too cold. That eye blink means they’re hungry, right?
Of course, sleep deprivation is a rite of passage for all new parents, but when extreme exhaustion kicks in, or you’re starting to struggle with sensory overload, your general wellbeing is at risk.
That’s why we’ve put together this article, full of top tips on how to get a newborn to sleep.
But before we delve into those, let’s take a look at how much sleep your baby actually needs.