So, you’ve just had a baby – congratulations! Do you think that it means you now have to wave goodbye to sleep for good? Well, that is what some people would have you believe, but it really isn’t the case. Yes, you did read that right – you really can get plenty of sleep when you have a newborn baby in the house! You just need to use these really simple tips!
Improve Your Own Bedroom
If your bedroom isn’t an optimum environment for sleep, then it could take you a long time to fall asleep. That’s no good when you have limited time to sleep and need to fall asleep as quickly as possible! So, it’s a good idea to consider changing your mattress and bedding. You can always go online for detailed reviews to help you decide which one to purchase. It’s also a good idea to hang some blackout blinds so that you aren’t disturbed by early morning light or the glare from streetlights.
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Sleep During The Baby’s Naps
Your baby will need quite a few naps throughout the day. This is the perfect chance to grab some sleep yourself! Most babies will nap for between twenty and sixty minutes, so it’s plenty of time for you to get some shuteye as well. It’s wise to nap in the same room as your baby so that you can hear when they wake up and need you. If that isn’t possible, you should buy a baby monitor so that you will still be able to hear them.
Pump Breast Milk
Is it always you who has to get up in the middle of the night to feed your baby? There is a way to change that and make it possible for your partner to take on some of the responsibility as well. You just need to start pumping your breast milk. This can then be kept in the refrigerator until it is needed. When the baby cries for its feed during the night, your partner can be the one who gets up and sees to the baby, so you can enjoy a little more sleep.
Cut Out Caffeine
If you are struggling to get to sleep at night, you might want to try giving up caffeine. You won’t have been able to drink much caffeine while pregnant so going back to your pre-pregnancy levels could be a big change for your body, and it might have more of an effect on you as you will have lost your tolerance. So, there’s a good chance that it might end up keeping you awake at night. Try cutting it out for a few days and see if it makes a difference.
Ask For Help
If you get really exhausted, you should always ask for help looking after the baby. I’m sure your friends and family will be happy to take care of the little one for a morning or afternoon so that you can catch up on your sleep.
Sleep is possible for new moms!