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How To Deal With Noisy Sleeping Newborns

noisy sleeping newbornsWelcome back, parents! Today I’ve got a fantastic question from Amber Macer, a Facebook community parent who is a new mom to a happy and healthy 22-day-old baby! Her newborn is doing well but stirs and makes a lot of noise at night, and Amber wants to know what she can do about it because she can’t sleep and is (understandably) exhausted.  I’m so glad you wrote in, Amber, because I’m a light sleeper myself and I had to deal with this, too!

What can I do about my newborn’s noisy sleeping habits?

It isn’t just the crying, the endless diaper changing and the constant feedings that can keep a mom awake —  it’s also those adorable, gurgling, happy-baby noises!  Whether your infant is awake making those cute noises and not sleeping at night or asleep and making the noises in her sleep, you’ll likely lose any chance of getting sleep.  Both my husband and I are light sleepers, so we found that using a monitor wasn’t a good choice for us. The monitor that we had would pick up tiny little noises, and not ones that were cries of hunger or anything that really needed my attention. They were just simple, little baby noises and I didn’t get any sleep because of it.

Our baby’s nursery was right next to our room, so I would turn the monitor off and leave both of the bedroom doors open. When my baby cried, I would hear it and get up and feed her or change her diaper or give her a burp.  Many parents have monitors and video monitors, and they can work great, but the key is finding one that is sensitive enough to pick up on the crying noises and not just every little gurgle.

I understand that not all moms are OK with not having their baby sleep in their room, so this entirely up to you. I found that leaving doors open worked perfectly for me and I put my baby in the crib, but if you’re a heavier sleeper, then maybe a monitor or keeping the baby in your room would work best for you.

 

 

Posted by on January 13, 2014.

Categories: Baby Steps, Melissa's Daily Vlog, Mommy Moments

2 Responses

  1. I know this is an old post but I just found you and thought I’d comment anyways. I sleep with my 7 week old baby in a bassinet next to me but I sleep with ear plugs. I have slept with ear plugs since I met my sweetie because he snores so loudly. When my baby was born I thought I might have to kick hubby out of our room! Just kidding… but I thought I might not be able to use my ear plugs. Turns out, it mutes baby’s noises just enough that I really only wake up when she cries. It’s been the perfect solution for me. Not sure if it’ll still work when she’s in her own room but I think it will.

    by anna on Mar 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm Reply

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Welcome to CloudMom!  My name is Melissa and I started CloudMom after the birth of my fifth child, Marielle! On CloudMom, you’ll find expert parenting advice (ha!) from yours truly on babies, toddlers, and life with kids.  I vlog/blog several times a week on all sorts of practical topics that come out of my life as a […]more →