Few things in life are as exciting and fulfilling as welcoming a new baby to the family. Unfortunately, the exhilaration of having that new bundle of joy in the home can often be quickly overshadowed the very first night. Of course, newborns need a lot of attention, and that usually means very little sleep for mom and dad. Fortunately, we’ve put together a series of tips to help new parents get some well-deserved sleep.
Parenting is a hard job, but it can be just as hard trying to get some sleep when you first bring your newborn home. After a long pregnancy, new moms and dads are often disappointed to find out just how hard it can be to get a full night’s sleep. Luckily, we have some tips that new parents can use all the way up through the toddler years.
#1 Take Turns Tending to the Baby
When the baby starts to cry, it normally wakes up both parents. However, that doesn’t mean that both of you need to get up to tend to the newborn. In order to make sure you and your spouse aren’t burned out, try taking turns answering the baby’s cries. Momma can take Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Dad takes the rest of the week. This will give the other parent adequate time to rest up.
#2 Nap When Your Baby Does
It might seem like good parenting to stay awake and get things done when your newborn falls asleep, but you might be better served by taking a nap right along with them. This will help keep you refreshed, feeling healthy, and ready just in case you get another long night of fussiness.
#3 Don’t Be Afraid to Accept Help
Everybody wants to spend time with a new baby, including your parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends. Many of these people would be more than happy to take a shift looking after the baby while you get a little bit more shuteye. You shouldn’t feel guilty for accepting help when it’s offered.
#4 Keep the Baby in a Nursery
You may be tempted to keep your baby right by your side all of the time, but it’s actually better for everyone if your newborn sleeps in his or her own nursery. This makes it much easier for only one parent to tend to a fussy baby in the night and promotes healthy boundaries that will continue as you grow as a family.
#5 Feed the Baby Before Bedtime
If you find yourself getting ready for bed, but your newborn has already been asleep for several hours, consider waking him or her up for a feeding. When babies wake in the night, it’s usually because they’re hungry. If you feed the baby later in the evening, they will be much more likely to sleep through the night (and so will you).
These are our best tips to get enough sleep for you. As we are all parents we like to share ideas so let us know in the comment section below your thoughts or tips on how to get a little bit more rest through the day.