If you are a new mum, you are most likely in one of the two boats. There’s the ‘I’ve been sleeping normally, my baby is a dream who never cries and breastfeeding is a piece of cake boat and then there is the ‘I haven’t slept since the baby was born, it seems like this baby cries all the time and ‘are you sure that’s normal’ boat.
And let’s be realistic, the latter are generally more honest. Some babies sleep better than others sure, but there are ways for all new mums to squeeze in a little sleep!
Some babies sleep better than others sure, but there are ways for all new mums to squeeze in a little sleep!
Sleep when the baby sleeps – I know you’ve never heard this one, right?! But seriously. Don’t stay up late to get that alone time in, at least for the first few weeks. It might be nice to get some alone time, but you need that precious sleep. Every time I used to stay up later than my baby to get in alone time I then would regret it the next day.
If you do stay up later than the baby, use it to get your body ready for sleep- This means take a warm bath or read a book with a nice hot tea. Try to avoid screen time as this can actually make it harder for you to sleep.
Do not exercise too close to bedtime – If you find yourself restless and need to do something, try a few easy and relaxing yoga poses that may actually help you sleep better. Cardio and training right before bedtime are going to wake your body up and make it difficult to get in those needed zzz’s.
Take naps with your baby – I remember when Nora was born thinking that nap time was for cooking, laundry, dishes, cleaning, exercising etc… In reality, you can do those things when the baby is awake and they can wait, your sanity on the other hand…Seriously. To be the best mum possible you need some sleep, which is way more important than making sure all the clothes are folded and put away. If you have a bad night and need to catch up on sleep during the next day, do it.
Ultimately, you need to keep in mind the more rested you are the more energy you have to play with and take care of your new baby, which is the most important thing you can do.