Most parenting articles out there relating to sleep problems tend to focus on babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. But what about the beyond-repair tired new parents? What advice is there for them? Actually, there’s quite a lot. Here are some sleep solutions for new parents.
Sleep solutions for new parents
Even if you’re not tired, just lie down for a while.
Lying down for half an hour can be very restorative. So when your baby is sleeping, it gives you a window of opportunity to rest recharge your batteries. Get your feet off the ground, kick back, and just do some deep breathing for a while. Don’t be tempted to cook, clean, or get the chores done while your baby is taking a nap. In a few months from now, your baby will have a more consistent routine. And you’ll have all the time in the world to get around to doing the things you missed out on during the first few weeks of their lives.
If you’re a nursing mom that desperately needs some sleep, investing in a bassinet can be a great idea to help you get some more restful sleep at night. By having your baby sleep close to you, you’re always within arm’s reach of them. You’re able to swoop them up and lie them down for a feeding during the wee hours of the night. All of which can be done with the least amount of effort.
Try some sleep-inducing activities
It can be hard to finally fall asleep after a long day of caring for a newborn. And while the idea of decompressing in front of a screen might seem tempting, it should be taboo. Screen lights are actually stimulating and might keep you up throughout the night. Instead of plopping down in front of the TV or the computer, why not consider listening to some soothing music before bedtime? You can also try reading a few pages of your favourites book to help you fall asleep faster at night.
Keep in mind that this too shall pass.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that most babies settle into a more definite sleep routine (where they sleep for longer stretches at a time) by the time they’re two or three months old. By the time they’re six months old, most babies can sleep through the night, which should give you some piece of mind. Eventually, you will sleep better again, and so will your baby, and you’ll realise that the light at the end of this dark tunnel was way better than you ever imagined it to be.