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When your baby is first born, there is going to be a period of time where you feel like you never get any sleep, and might possibly want to rip your hair out. In this post I want to cover some tips I’ve used to overcome the no sleep phase.
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Sleep when your baby is sleeping – This is going to be the most efficient way for you to get rest. If you are new to parenting, you may naturally try and accomplish all your household chores and be productive as you can during their 20 minute naps, I suggest saving that stuff for another time. However, those things do need to be done, but getting your sleep during their sleep has been recommended to me by countless family members and has proven success.
Have a close friend or relative help you out – Your friends and family want to help, and they also likely want to bond with your child as well. Take the opportunity when someone close to you offers to look after your child for a long or short period of time. Even a 20 minute nap can mean the world sometimes.
Adjust your sleep schedule to go to bed earlier – You may be a night owl, and enjoy watching late night t.v or various other things, during this period of time however you will want to find the time to sleep when you can, and to get your baby on the right sleep schedule. Aim to be putting them to bed early in the night; 7 or 8 o-clock and then catching rest as soon as you can from there. If you’re really lucky you might get a whole 4 hours at once!
Be sure to share the middle of the night wake-ups with your partner – If you have someone by your side make sure you’re both equally taking the night shifts. If you’re not doing it every single time you’re going to get a lot more chances to sleep, creating a more productive you, the following day.
Take care of yourself as best you can in other aspects – Be sure to eat lots of nutritional food, drink plenty of water, and take proper vitamins your body benefits from. Applying these things along with some kind of physical exercise when possible (even if you don’t feel like it) will make it easier to cope and you will be more efficient throughout the day. These are things you should be doing anyways but I feel it’s especially important at a time like this.
Keep in mind this phase is temporary – The little to no sleep phase can wreak havoc on some. Just do your best and apply the steps above, everything will fall into place and you will get your sleep back soon!
It is about experiencing it, finding your rhythm and applying it. Knowing these things above however can really come in handy. In my first post I talk about how my advice isn’t always necessarily and the only way, as everyone is different. I must emphasize that you’re going to have to think on your feet and figure out what works for you, but I hope my suggestions help someone out there, as I was searching for this kind of material not long ago.
And now my little one is crying, who knows why, time to go deal with that… See you guys!
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