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Bond with your infant.

Cuddling with your child while reading to her is one of the joys of being a parent and it is a habit you should get into right from the start. While the sound of your voice is soothing to your infant, story time also helps her learn to talk and connect pictures with words. Babies love looking at other babies, so check out board books with pictures of infants or make your own by organizing baby photos of each family member of your family in a kid friendly binder. As you look through it, talk about the person in each image. Before you know it your child will be reading the album with you.

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Infants

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Make sure her hands are free. Before birth, babies suck on their fingers and thumbs to soothe themselves. If you leave your baby’s hands uncovered, she can use them to settle herself down for sleep.

Do not be afraid to ask for help. Both parents will need lots of assistance from the rest of the family during these first sleep deprived weeks. You will have your hands full with a new baby, but you may be able to catch up on sleep if you have help with cooking, laundry and caring for older siblings. Your sleep is important, too. Gradually, you will do less as your baby learns to handle the sensations of the world outside the womb on her own. At around 4 months of age, her sleep patterns will start to become more organized and she will be better able to soothe herself down to sleep.

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Newborn sleep patterns

A newborn’s sleep patterns, usually the opposite of ours, have a way of confounding weary parents. But you can help ease your tiny tot into a rhythm that will eventually allow you both to get a better night’s rest. Try some of these tips:

Treat day and night differently with your baby. As you feed her, change her and hold her close at night, keep the lights low and limit noise and other stimulation. Save exciting interactions and play for daytime. Little by little, she will get the hang of it.

Create a soothing environment. Try to simulate the experience of the womb with firm support, dim lights and gentle swaying. Swaddling can also help, but take precautions against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by positioning your baby on her back and keeping her mouth and nose free of anything that might interfere with her air supply.

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Newborn sleep patterns