Settling Techniques for Newborns

Our first tip for settling is to do what works best for you and your baby! There’s no such thing as ‘bad habits’.


The needs of your pēpi may change frequently, so it’s a good idea to be flexible and try to stay calm when this happens. You may find that what worked to get them to sleep yesterday, doesn’t work today. Trust us when we say you’re not alone! Lots of babies are like this.

Let’s look at some techniques you can try to see what your baby responds best to… and to have a couple of other ways up your sleeve in case your usual go-to doesn’t work.

  • Feed to sleep. Newborns have a sucking reflex which not only helps them to breastfeed but calms and soothes them. It’s okay if they fall asleep while feeding – it’s a very cosy place to be!
  • The repetition of gentle rhythmic patting, rocking or stroking can be very relaxing and sleep-inducing. Comforting them with a continuous ‘shhh’ sound can work well with this technique.
  • Put your baby in a carrier, wrap or sling as you move around the house.
  • Take them for a walk in the pram.