Sleep Tips for New Parents
With the introduction of a new bundle of joy to the family home, those nights of quality sleep might be few and far between. The 2am, 3am, and even 4am wake up calls are no doubt all too familiar with yourself.
Although life with a newborn can be a daunting adventure, especially when one lacks the amount of sleep that their body craves, there are steps you can take to improve that quality of sleep. After all, by the time babies reach 3 to 4 months, many can sleep for at least five hours at a time. At some point during the newborn’s first-year stretches of 10 hours are possible. Until that time, follow the following tips to boost your quality of sleep as a new parent.
Sleep When the Baby Sleeps
As a parent to a newborn baby, the chances of hearing this tip are extremely high. Once the baby is asleep, turn off that mobile, ignore those dirty dishes, and get yourself to sleep. If you can gain some extra sleep whilst your baby is asleep, this can be a big help. If your baby is comfortable, this will boost the chances of them sleeping for longer.
Agree on a Rota
The sooner you and your partner agree on a schedule that allows you both to equally rest and care for the newborn, the sooner you’ll see an increase in the quality of your sleep. If your partner is involved with attending to the babies needs, that instantly halves the time spent by yourself attending to your baby. Whether you agree to half a night each or full alternative nights, try and reach a schedule which suits the both of you.
Don’t Share the Bed
It’s OK to bring your baby to bed if you are comforting or nursing, however, you should return your baby to the crib once they are ready to go to sleep.
Don’t be Afraid
When your family comes to visit, don’t be afraid to pass on social graces and ask for help with your baby. Ask if they can watch your baby whilst you take a nap. The chances are they will be more than happy to help out.
Go to Bed Early
Some parents find that going to bed at the same time as the baby does, or at least much earlier in the evening, can be a huge help. It might be difficult at first, you might want that time to relax in peace and quiet, however, if you’re low on sleep, you might want to think about an earlier bedtime.