Hold Your Long Term Goals In Mind
When your child is in early infancy, you will be developing the basics of your child's sleep habits. Young infants seem to sleep anywhere but then won't sleep when you really need to rest. Begin to think about what sleep cues you can use to help your newborn understand and relate specific actions, sounds, and routines to sleeping. In the early weeks you will likely want to do anything to help your child get to sleep and stay asleep. Look closely at the processes you are using and how they will help or hurt your child in developing long term healthy habits.
When your baby is tired.
If your child seems tired, hold her close to your chest and be still. Once your child falls asleep, place her in her crib on her back. If transitioning from your arms to the bed arouses her, place your hand on her chest until she closes her eyes again. Avoid using motion or swaddles if possible. Your baby will likely startle herself awake occasionally but will learn to adjust and sleep better in the long term if you can let her learn to adapt without the help of a swaddle or help from you.
Avoid Overstimulating Baby
The world is a very interesting place for young infants with new sounds, lights, colors, and sensations. When young children are tired but the environment is too stimulating for sleep they learn to keep themselves awake rather than listening to their body’s signals that they are tired. Avoid waking your baby if possible. Very young infants sometimes need to be awoken to eat or to keep from developing day/night confusion but keep waking to a minimum so that baby learns that if she is tired she should rest.
Remember Your Positive Sleep Terminology
Society commonly views sleep as a negative thing and this, too, colors your view and your child’s view of the situation. Try to keep it positive, holding in your mind the attitude that “You’re feeling tired and you get to go to sleep, how lucky!” Like anything in life, the view you take on sleep will affect your attitude and ultimately your child’s reaction to sleep.
Try to plan for about 80% of your baby's naps to happen at home in their crib.
Under four months plan for less than 90 minutes of wakefulness. Even if baby is happy, help them to sleep every 90 minutes.