6 Excellent Sleep-Saving Tips for Sleep-Deprived New Moms

As a new mother, your body needs plenty of time to heal and recover. Both you and your baby need to get proper rest for that. However, sleep deprivation is almost guaranteed after you have a baby - and functioning without sleep can seem daunting.

Don’t worry! This is a temporary phase that will likely last about six weeks because your baby has erratic sleep patterns during this time. It is important to steer towards a structured yet manageable routine as the baby slowly adjusts. In this post, we will offer some tips that will help you achieve that and ensure your bundle of joy receives great care while you stay healthy and well-rested.

6 Tips to Help You Get the Rest You Need

Not everyone is programmed to sleep at the drop of a hat ("Sleep when the baby sleeps"). But even though you aren’t getting as much sleep as you want, there are strategies that can help you get those zzz’s.

Take a look at the tips below to catch up on some rest throughout the day:

1. Get off your feet

If you can’t sleep, don’t stress! It is wise to relax whenever you get the chance; lying down for even as little as thirty minutes can prove quite restorative. Just make sure you stay off the phone when you do. You can also hire a professional babysitter at home so you can take some time to rest and recover while they take care of your newborn.

2. Get help for ‘the night shift’

Getting a solid stretch of sleep can prove difficult for moms, especially when they have to nurse their baby during the night. The good news is, you can do both by having your husband or visitor take care of the nighttime feedings for you. If you are breastfeeding, try to pump a bottle of breast milk early on for someone else to handle the feeding in the middle of the night. You could also pump at night and keep a bottle handy while you rest during the day.

3. Stay close to baby

Getting a bassinet that you can attach to or keep next to your bed is a great idea! You can nurse your baby without having your feet touch the floor, and you’ll hardly need to wake up at all. Doing this proves even more useful if you have twins.

4. Find things that help you doze off faster

Look for certain snooze-inducing activities that will make it far easier to fall asleep, rather than trying to decompress in front of the television. Again, put that phone down, as the light from these devices can be very stimulating and are more likely to keep you awake than help you sleep.

You may try switching on the radio, playing some soft music, or using a white noise machine instead.

5. Take it easy!

Women often feel obligated to entertain and make food for every visitor who drops by. Keep in mind, visitors rarely expect you to put in the same level of hospitality that you did before you became pregnant. Therefore, don’t feel guilty if you have to excuse yourself to catch up on some sleep. On the other hand, don’t hesitate to let your guests help you - many of them will be more than happy to pitch in!

6. Don't think of coffee as a substitute for sleep

Caffeine can help you push through the tough patches every once in a while, but there is no replacement for sleep. Avoid taking too much tea or coffee as it can actually prevent you from falling asleep. As a rule, try not to drink more than one or two cups in a day.

In Conclusion

Don’t let sleep deprivation affect you! According to worldwide studies, healthy babies typically adjust to a routine that involves five or more hours of sleep at night after the first two months, so keep reminding yourself that this phase is temporary.

Almost all babies are able to sleep through the night as they reach six months, so hang in there, and remember to enjoy your newfound parenthood as you and your baby experience many new firsts.

In the meantime (and even beyond), we’re here for you, whenever you need us! Let us know if you require help from our caregivers. We will not only take care of your baby but also help you get adjusted to your new life as a mother with breastfeeding support and education or any other support you need!

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