Whether you have a newborn or an eight-month old, sleep comes at a premium. Even if you’re only getting up twice a night, it can sleep play havoc with your sleep schedule. Here are some simple adjustments you can make to get more sleep.
1. Get some rest while your baby sleeps
I’m sure you’ve heard this tip a hundred times before, and as difficult as it sounds, it’s the best piece of advice you’ll receive. When your baby is awake, you have things to do, so the best time to sleep is when that little one peacefully slumbers.
I understand the dishwasher needs to be filled, bills have to go out, work is leaving messages, and laundry is piling up, but other than your baby’s health, your health is most important.
2. Accept the help of others
You know that super mom who lives on your street that always seems to get so much done? The secret she’s hiding is that she gets lots of help. Don’t be ashamed to lean on other people; to ask for help of family and friends.
You will be astounded at how many people are willing to help with a baby, especially grandparents. People who have raised children know very well how difficult it may be. Ask your parents or neighbor to schedule their visit during a time when you can get some sleep for a bit. That said…
3. Don’t be afraid to turn people away
If someone wants to visit and it’s just not in the cards, ask for a rain check. You don’t owe anyone time with your baby, especially if that means giving up time when you could be sleeping. Instead, ask them to schedule a time when you’ll be alert and presentable for company.
4. Involve your spouse
A lot of parents but a heavy burden of responsibility on themselves, especially moms. They feel like raising a baby is their job and they should handle the brunt of it. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! I recommend you set up a reasonable sharing of duties with your significant other. Maybe you take turns getting up at night, or split the week up depending on work schedules. There are plenty of solutions if you’re willing to communicate your needs.
5. Turn down extra work
Learn this phrase: “Sorry, I can’t help. I have a young baby who takes up a lot of my time.”
It’s alright to refuse your time and labor to other people. No, you can’t bake cookies for the church bake sale. No, you can’t help your friend move. No, you can’t chaperone that field trip. As much as you would like to be a part of those things, you can’t do everything and your baby comes first.
6. Go to bed when baby does
This aligns with tip number one, but there’s a slight distinction. Sometimes parents will tuck their little ones into sleep and then spend the new two or three hours enjoying quiet time, adult conversation, and maybe an adult beverage. I understand the desire for some relaxation, but this wastes prime sleeping time. If you’re really sleep deprived, use this time to catch up.
What are some ways you are sure to get some sleep?
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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