6 Sleep Tips for New Mamas + Newborns

Talking Skincare & Sleep for New Mamas

New Mamas deserve sleep. Below are a few sleep tips specifically for new mamas and their newborn babies, plus a cheat sheet list of skincare ingredients to avoid when pregnant or nursing.

Sleep tools for new mamas + their newborns:

  1. White Noise Machine: White noise can block out creaks and household noise such as older siblings. Some infant white noise machines have a heartbeat setting mimicking the mother, which is comforting for newborns. This night one adjusts light and sound with a touch of your iphone.

White noise machine and iPhone app screen to show light and noise controls

  1. A Silk Eyemask for naps: Baby down for an afternoon nap? It’s your turn as well. Block out light and distractions with this silk eyemask. (If only babies could read!)

    Brunette wearing 'Let Me Sleep' silk sleeping eye mask
  2. Serving Tray: Snag a tray for those long feeding sessions in bed with your baby. Water, lotion, snacks, a book will be within an arm’s reach without overcrowding your bedside table.

    Rectangular wooden serving tray with white top

  3. Infant Massage before bedtime: Some mamas swear by this technique. Hey, whatever helps!

    Illustration of 4 infant facial massage techniques
Illustration: Olivia Mew
  1. 100% Silk Pillowcase: There truly aren’t enough hours in a day when you become a new mom. Luckily, silk pillowcases cut down on the time brushing your hair in the morning. Silk is a protein (while cotton is a plant) so the fibers are smoother, treating your tresses to shine and a reduction in tangles. They also preserve your blowout for an additional 2 days!

    Front view of pillow fitted with Cloud 9 Pillowcase in Night-Sky Navy
  1. LED Push Night Light: When you’re up for a nighttime feed, avoid turning on those blinding bright lights. An inexpensive LED light that operates on batteries (so you can put it wherever you need) turns on with a quick touch. This also helps reduce the “wake-up” signals going to the parent and baby’s brains so it’s much easier to fall back to sleep after feeding.

Index finger switching on a round LED night light

  1. Lastly, we’re leaving you with this practical technique for moving your sleeping newborn to a crib without waking them:
  • If your baby’s eyes are darting under their lids, they’re the deepest stage of sleep (and it’s the optimal time for you to move them). Wait until their muscles are relaxed and they’re breathing deeply.
  • Time for the floppy-arm test: Lift up an arm and drop it. If baby doesn’t stir, you’re good to go.
  • As you ever-so-gently lay them in their crib, keep one hand on their back and the other on their tummy. That continued pressure will ease the transition. If they startle, try patting their belly before you slink away.