Welcoming a new human into the world is wonderful, but sleep deprivation was absolutely awful. When it comes newborns, parents get the brunt end of sleepless nights and what seems to be an endless journey of wakeup calls. We have some helpful hints to regaining your pre-baby deep sleep.
So, what’s a mom and dad to do?
1. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Though it may feel counter-productive to sleep when nap time is your only free time, it is important for you to refresh your mind and body when you can.
2. Let loose of the night owl in you. Though you may be a late night guy or gal and love catching up on late night television, your body will love sleep more. To ensure adequate sleep, adjust your sleep routine, and stick to it.
3. Try horizontal breastfeeding every once in awhile. It can be comforting and restful for baby and can allow you some extra snoozes. A warning, though: This can easily become a crutch for your baby because it also becomes a naptime. It can also be a trick when you begin weaning, so proceed with caution.
4. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask and receive help. Relatives and friends will be sure to offer help and jump at an opportunity to watch your little one. Take the help! Get some zzz’s while baby is being watched and bonding with your friends and family.
5. Team up with your partner. Your rest is important, so if you have a partner or someone who can help, think about pumping. If you’re not breastfeeding, allow that person to take an early morning shift. This will give you a few hours of much needed and uninterrupted sleep, and will allow your baby bond with your partner.
Though you may never again catch up on what your old sleep used to be, these tips and tricks can help. Good luck and have good sleep!