Sleep is something we take for granted until having a newborn. With newborn babies waking up regularly at night, it’s no wonder that new mothers experience feeling both tired and excited during the first few months. New mothers mostly complain how tiredness makes them feel chronically groggy, and how they fantasize about getting a full night’s sleep as they once used to fantasize about getting a fabulous new party dress!
You would be more capable of fulfilling the new responsibilities of caring for the baby if you get proper sleep. You’ll have more patience and be more satisfied with your parenting. Unfortunately, nights of heavy, uninterrupted sleep will continue to be a coveted privilege for a while longer, but there are some strategies you can use to stay well rested.
What Is the Way Out?
Following are a few helpful tips that will help you get some decent sleep along with your new born.
Sleep with Your Baby:
Newborns enjoy a couple of 2 to 4 hours’ naps during the day, with a total of 16 to 18 hours of rest. When the only sleep they get is nighttime, young mothers are often chronically fatigued. Due to various chores in the house or our own body clocks, resting can be difficult, so it’s a smart thing to try to find some downtime whenever your baby decides to have a nap.
Keep Your Baby Near You:
Positioning the newborn’s crib or bassinet beside your bed makes it so much easier to care for the baby and afterwards return to sleep, allowing you to have a better night’s sleep. Though it might sound appealing to sleep in the same bed as your baby, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against it due to the possibility of suffocation. Keep your baby in a crib, right next to your bed.
Avoid Caffeine and Drinking:
Caffeine should always be avoided because it will disrupt your sleeping pattern. Along with caffeine, drinking is not a great option either. Avoid these two as much as you can, especially when nearing nighttime. Switch to water instead.
You may want to share the photos of your newborn on social networking sites, but using smart phone, laptop, and computer at nighttime may mess with your overall sleep time. The light from digital equipment disrupts your circadian rhythm, so it is better to avoid these entirely before bedtime.
If you let your baby out in the early afternoon, he tends to sleep well. Between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., babies who sleep well are subject to twice as much light as those who do not. The creation of your baby’s biological clock is aided by bright light. This controls a variety of bodily functions, including the production of melatonin, which is essential for healthy sleeping habits. If it’s a sunny day, take your baby out for a stroll around the neighborhood park; if it’s rainy, feed him by a window so he gets some natural sunshine.
The regular strolling will result in making your baby fall asleep faster along with you.