top of page

The first step in your sleep journey: Get to know your baby

During the first four weeks of your baby's life you need toget to know each other. This is a great time to learn to read your baby’s tired signs and hungry signs:

Newborn Hungry Signs

Starting to feel hungry

Signs may include:

  • Moving around

  • Mouth opens and closes

  • Turning head or Rooting

I am really hungry

Signs may include:

  • Stretching

  • More movement

  • Hand in mouth

Too late - calm me first

If your baby displays the following sighs it may be better to first calm your baby before attempting to feed:

  • Crying

  • Upset

  • Turning head

Newborn Tired Signs

I am sleepy

  • Quieting Down

  • Losing interest + looking away

  • Eyes stare blankly

  • Eyes and eyebrows appear red

I need to nap

  • Yawning

  • Rubbing eyes

  • Starting to fuss

  • Pulling ears

I am overtired

  • Irritable

  • Arches back

  • Crying hysterical

  • Difficult to calm

What can you do to ensure your baby sleeps safely?

Safe sleep is the such an important aspect in your baby's first months, and something you should ensure as much as possible. Each year, more than a thousand babies die suddenly and unexpectedly. Some of these deaths are due to unknown causes – SIDS – and other causes are sleep related. The highest risk is at one to four months of age

Here are a few recommendations that are set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Experts recommend skin-to-skin care for all moms and newborns for at least an hour after birth once the mom is stable, awake, and able to respond to her baby.

  • Always place baby on his/her back to sleep for naps and at night.

  • Share your room with baby. Keep baby in your room close to your bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants. The duration of this is ideally for baby’s first year, but at least for the first six months.

  • Do not put soft objects, toys, crib bumpers, or loose bedding under, over, or anywhere in your baby’s sleep area.

  • Do not let your baby become too hot or too cold during sleep. We recommend an ergoPouch cocoon swaddle and check the tog relation, too.

  • Use a firm and flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft items in the sleep area.

  • Do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby or in your baby’s environment.

During the first four months, it is important to keep your expectations reasonable. Work on your attachment with your baby, and just take in all the smells and all the cuddles you want.

It is completely normal for babies between the age of 0 and 4 months still wake up at night. Their tummies are too small to hold a big enough feed to take them through the night! Night waking’s are also a survival mechanism for you to check on them and make sure they are okay during the night.

  • You need to start with baby steps (pardon the pun!) to practice the skills on setting good sleep habits for the months to come.

  • If you get to a point where you realise it’s just not working out, relax, take a step back and try again the next day.

  • In the end we’d like you to feel empowered and confident when it comes to your baby’s sleep goals. Our babies reflect how we are feeling, so try to calm yourself down too.

This article was written by Brave Little Baby

For more information and help with your baby's sleep, visit

16 views0 comments


bottom of page