The joy of a new baby is certainly special and something that all new parents experience. Although parents are thrilled about their new bundle of joy they are not as excited about the lack of sleep that comes with having a new born. Novice parents notoriously get very little sleep, if any at all. Fortunately, there are some strategies and tips to help new parents get some sleep. Of course, with a baby you will never get an over abundance of sleep, but these tips will help you at least get enough sleep to keep your sanity.
- Take Turns
When the baby starts crying both parents generally wake up, even if only one attends to him/her. However, in the first couple of months both parents might get up each time the baby cries. This only causes a lack of sleep for both parents and doesn’t benefit your child any more than if just one had gone. The best strategy is for mom and dad to make a plan of who will get up to comfort the crying baby.
- Nap with Baby
If you are tired and the baby goes to sleep then you should take a nap as well. Whether the baby naps in the morning, afternoon, or early evening you should get a little rest because you never know when the baby might wake up.
- Accept Help
Frequently when you have a new baby there are plenty of people willing to help; from parents, siblings, friends, and other family members. When you really need to get some sleep just accept some of the help that is being offered. Having your mom care for the baby just a couple of hours will allow you to get some much needed shuteye.
- Keep Baby in the Nursery
During the first week or two you may choose to have the baby in a bassinet in your room. You should check with your child’s pediatrician regarding when it would be safe to move the baby to his or her own room. After you have made the move, the baby should sleep in the nursery and not with the parents. It is tempting to allow the baby to sleep with you, but this is not healthy for the child or the parents. Put the baby to sleep in his crib in the nursery. When the baby cries one parent can easily go attend to the baby without disturbing the other parent.
- Feed Baby Before You Sleep
If your baby has been asleep for several hours and you’re getting ready for bed you should wake your child for a feeding. Most babies wake during the night because they are hungry; if you feed baby before you turn in for the night it is likely they will sleep until early morning. This will at least allow for more continuous sleep!