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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