Helpful Tips on Getting Sleep After Having a Newborn Baby

Helpful Tips on Getting Some Sleep After a Newborn Baby

finding sleep after a newborn baby

In time, almost all new parents quickly learn that with the new addition of their bundle of joy, comes a great deal less sleep than they are used to. New parents quickly start to feel like a walking zombie through the day, having gotten hardly any sleep the night before. Even if your baby only wakes every few hours to be fed, your still getting far less sleep then your body requires. If your baby is a very fussy sleeper, or is ill, you may be even getting less sleep then that.

So, before you start pulling your hair out at the prospect of another year or two with no sleep, take a deep breath and relax. With just a few minor adjustments to your lifestyle, you can get more sleep and start to feel more human and less zombie again. Sleep is very important, so the more of these tips that you can follow the better it will be for you and your baby.

The one thing a new parent will hear more often than anything is “Sleep when the baby sleeps.” This of course, is definitely excellent advice, if you have that ability. The two most important things at this stage are you and your baby’s health. You must remain healthy so that you can properly take care of your baby. It is essential to the both of you, that you get a good amount of rest.

Newborns sleep a great deal, generally around 15-16 hours a day. They wake frequently however, usually every 3-4 hours or so, to be fed and changed. If your baby is sleeping 15 hours a day, that is more than enough time for you to catch a few winks as well. Don’t feel ashamed to take a few naps during the day with your baby. If that is the only time that you can get some sleep, then you need to do it. The laundry and dishes can wait.
sleep and a newborn baby

If this is not your only child, it may be difficult for you to grab naps throughout the day if your other children are young and require constant supervision. This is the time when you need to call in the cavalry. Ask friends and relatives that you trust to help out so that you can get some extra sleep. Again, this is nothing to be ashamed of. They understand that you need help. If they can come over just a few hours a day, or even take the kids out of the house for a little while, you can get some much needed rest.

This is also the time however, to make it clear that you do need help from your friends and family, but are not looking for social hour with everyone. Make them aware of the fact that if they come to visit, the visits may need to be cut short if the baby goes to sleep, because that is your sleep time as well. Another idea would be to get your guests to watch the baby while you catch a little sleep. This of course, is only an option if you truly trust the people and are not breast-feeding the baby.

Sleep is one of the most important things that a new parent needs. You should never be afraid or embarrassed to ask for a little help. Most people have been where you are and totally understand what you are going through. They will be more than happy to help out. By getting more rest you will be a happier, healthier person and will be more able to properly function to take care of your entire family.

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