Congratulations on bringing home your brand new bundle of joy! As you'll no doubt have noticed, much of your little tot's time is spent sleeping. These hours spent catching forty winks are an incredibly important part of their development. While late night feeds and changes might be dominating your life at the moment, it's worth keeping in mind that establishing healthy and safe sleeping patterns from this age will pay off handsomely for you and your child in the future.

To help you along, we’ve put together a guide for navigating your infant's sleep during these first few months of parenthood with ease. It comes complete with advice on choosing the best sleeping essentials for your newborn, including bedding and accessories, as well as how to make their rest as secure as possible.

MASTERING YOUR SWADDLING TECHNIQUE

One of the first tasks many mums and dads learn is how to swaddle. Swaddling helps babies to sleep better, keeping them warm while their bodies adjust to temperatures outside the womb. A snug swaddle can also be calming as it prevents them from startling themselves.


Hospitals and birthing centres will assist you with getting your basic technique before bringing your infant home, but here are a few basics steps to help:

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 1: Select a blanket for baby swaddling

It’s important to consider the weather and temperature of your home when selecting a swaddling blanket or baby sleeping bag. You might find that you need two separate weights for warmer and cooler situations. Breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics like cotton are top choices because they’re easy to clean.

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 2: Position the blanket

Place your blanket on a flat surface with a corner pointing upwards in a diamond shape. Fold down this corner and place your child on their back with their neck aligning with the fold. If you’re practising, it’s a good idea to do so when they aren’t sleepy, hungry or irritable, so you don’t have to cope with wriggliness.

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 3: Fold it from the left

With your baby’s right arm at their side, fold the left corner of the blanket over their body, tucking it under their midsection.

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 4: Bring up the bottom

Taking the bottom left section of the blanket, bring it up and over your baby’s right shoulder, leaving enough space for them to bring their legs up and out freely.

Instructions on how to swaddle a baby

Step 5: Complete the swaddle from the right

Your baby will now be snugly swaddled from two sides. All that’s left to do is fold the remaining corner from your right over and around their back.

Now that you’ve fine-tuned your swaddling technique, you can explore your options for your newborn’s bed.


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OUTFITTING THE COT OR CRIB
A nursery with white furniture and a grey interior

Cribs or cots are popular options during this period and can be used in conjunction with swaddling and sleeping bags. We've listed a few essential crib bedding items that will keep them safe and secure:


Cot bumpers keep your baby’s arms and legs from striking out and hitting the hard cot surface around them. Bumper pads easily tie on to the sides of your cot or crib.

Cot bedding for newborns layered with baby blankets will create a cosy and comforting environment for your little one to sleep in. With so many colours, prints and patterns available, you’re spoilt for choice. Babies can be messy creatures, so it helps to have several spares on hand for emergency substitutions.

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KEEPING BABY SAFE DURING SLEEP
Baby sleeping in a cot

Keeping your child safe and comfortable while they're sleeping is a top priority for any parent. The following tips will make it easier for you to put your infant to bed with a little less worry:


  • Temperature is important for an infant to be comfortable and it determines how many layers of bedding they'll need. A good room temperature is between 16°C and 20°C. Take this into account when outfitting their sleeping space in colder and warmer months.
  • Keep any bedding away from their face and head. By placing them on their back and not their sides or tummy they'll be less likely to become entangled in their bedding.
  • When placing an infant in their cot, position them towards the bottom rather than the top. This gives them a firm surface on which to rest their feet and will prevent them sliding under their blankets.

Becoming a parent is one of the most momentous occasions in anyone's life, but also one of the most challenging. Hopefully this guide will help make things a little easier for both of you, although we can't do anything to prevent the inevitable sleepless nights and midnight burping sessions. It's all worth it to see your little one's first grin.