Having a newborn for first time mums can be hard. Everything is new and you suddenly have your new little bundle of joy that you are learning about every day. I have put together these 5 useful tips on how to get your baby to sleep, a lot of you may already know these tips but I find them very helpful when photographing newborns.
White noise can be a life safer for fussier babies. You can get lots of different devices that have different noises that help babies sleep. Your baby may be fine without this but I always use my baby shusher for my newborn photography sessions. I use this Baby Shusher – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pneo-ILBSHU-pNeo-Baby-Shusher/dp/B00D2JN87I
I used to use a white noise app on my phone but then found I still kept making the shushing noises. After buying this I have found its the best thing I have bought!
Keep them warm
When babies are in your womb they are used to being so cosy and warm. Newborns loose heat a lot quicker than we do as adults. They don’t have as much insulating body fat as us so they can’t regulate their body temperature as effectively. During my newborn sessions I have a heater that I use to make sure my studio is nice and warm for your little one as a lot of the time when I am photographing, babies will be unclothed and will feel the cold a lot more!
Keep them wrapped/swaddled
Babies love being wrapped and swaddled! I usually tend to start with my sessions wrapped as most of the time this will send the baby to sleep. Wrapping a baby up mimics how they were in your womb, their legs and arms all cosy and snug. Its usually up to a month that babies love being wrapped, after this time sometimes I find that your little ones have got more adventurous and love being more free with their arms and legs!
Movement – Yoga ball or swing
I love my yoga ball! For many years I didn’t have one and also kept meaning to buy one and I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. They are not expensive and so useful and calming for your baby! I always use my yoga ball in my photography sessions for newborns, I lightly pop on my yoga ball with them on my lap and this usually calms them and helps them drift off to sleep.
A baby can get over-stimulated by having an overload of experience, noises and sensations, this can lead to your baby crying and being unsettled as they find it hard to process it all. If you find that your baby is stressed from being over-stimulated its best to dim the lights swaddle them and take them to a quiet place. Offering them a feed and talking to them quietly is also very soothing.
I hope these 5 tips on how to get your baby to sleep were helpful!
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