Night waking might be one way of baby’s protecting itself from an immature respiratory system.
A newborn will pace its breathing to an adult in the same room. Having your baby sleep within 5 feet of an adult for the first few months may lower its risk of SIDS.
Babies are safest sleeping on their backs.
Swaddling a baby shuts off the Moro reflex, this often helps a baby to sleep longer stretches. If you are co-sleeping, do not sleep with a baby swaddled, baby needs his/her arms free.
Develop a sleep routine for baby.
For safety sake, baby needs to sleep on a firm surface, with no soft bedding.
If baby has a hard time sleeping flat on his/her back, try letting him sleep in a bouncer or seat (just put it in a safe place off the floor so no one will trip on it!)
Babies have shorter sleep cycles than adults. Night waking is normal. The goal is for your baby to learn to sooth its self back to sleep peacefully.
Some babies are noisy sleepers. They grunt, move around and sometimes even cry out all in their sleep. It may take some time but learning to ignore these sounds and allowing baby to sooth himself back to sleep is a good thing. J
Using white noise helps many babies sleep. It also can help mommies to filter out sleeping baby noises.
Help baby learn to differentiate between day and night. Naps can be done in a lit room but turn down the lights at night. When rocking baby to sleep, some babies respond well to a soft blanket thrown over their head and your shoulder (remember to remove it when you put baby down to sleep). Encourage baby to sleep by attentively ignoring them…hold them in your arms while rocking, bouncing them in their bouncy chair, all while not making eye contact or talking with them. Bore them to sleep.
Stay calm. Remember that night waking is normal and your baby will outgrow this eventually. Babies pick up on our stress. Your stress will only make nighttime parenting harder.
Some helpful books….
Sears and sears sleep book
Happiest baby on the block
The no-cry sleep solution