Pregnant? Just given birth? A few simple basics can help
baby's sleep problems before they even happen
... and improve your own
It has a good chance of becoming your main concern in the times ahead.
Yet too few parents actually
prepare for good sleep during pregnancy.
That's no surprise: most
pregnancy information books will tell you tons about fetal
development, vitamins for you to take and the cutest baby clothes and
accessories. But not so much about sleep ...
How to put your baby down to sleep safely?
What about SIDS risks?
How to ensure she does not get a reversed day/night rhythm?
Why does my new baby wake up so frequently?
Do I need to feed each time?
Is it OK to nurse her to sleep?
How much sleep is enough?
Really, you will have such a head-start by just reading up on the
basics. Let's discuss your newborn's sleep and also how to maximize
pregnancy and right after birth for yourself.
Newborn sleep must-reads
A baby does not come into the world ready to sleep well. A newborn does
not even know the difference between day and night. Let alone being
ableÂ to sleep regularly or for long stretches.
If you are pregnant now and you have read the above 3 sentences with
interest, please remember them. They hold an important key that will
help you deal with your baby's sleep well when bringing home baby
andÂ in the first months after
Simply realizing that sleep does not always come easy for a baby and
understanding how sleep does work for her will help you and her to get
the most and best sleep.
Then, whether you are pregnant or have just given birth, browse through
these starter recommendations:
As a hands-on guide to optimize sleep from day 1, with doable everyday
tasks and solutions for each of the common newborn sleep problems, my (always free!)
Newborn Sleep Guide
might just be your best companion in the
And at all times please remember that this is such a precious time both
for you and your little one.
These pregnancy months and the first weeks after birth pass by so
quickly. Don't let practical and nightly troubles spoil it for you. I
know how that can be much easier said then done .... but do try, in
spite of how tired and desperate you may feel. To be able to do this,
it is important that you are not alone.
Don't hesitate to ask your partner, a family member or friend for help.
Or contact me, Heidi, through this site for support and ideas to
overcome your worst concerns.
For you: good sleep during pregnancy
Being pregnant requires a lot from your body and getting good
& enough sleep during pregnancy is obviously important. But
with hormones racing and
your growing belly getting in the way, that's much easier said than
Whether you just got pregnant and feel tired constantly or are looking
for ways to lie comfortably well into pregnancy, you may find these
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 15+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books. Also, Baby Sleep Advice was awarded "Most Trusted Infant's Sleep Solutions Company 2023" in the Benelux Enterprise Awards 2023.
Heidi continually conducts personal research and participates in continued education and in that way stays up to date with current scientific and pyschosocial infant care.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.