Sleeping with a newborn

Sleeping with a newborn

Bringing a newborn baby home is an exciting time, but it can also be a challenging adjustment for new parents. One of the biggest challenges is getting enough sleep while caring for a newborn. In this blog, we'll explore some tips and tricks to help parents get the sleep they need while caring for a newborn baby.

1. Sleep when the baby sleeps
Newborns typically sleep for short periods throughout the day and night. It's important for parents to take advantage of these short windows of sleep to rest themselves. Instead of trying to get everything done while the baby is sleeping, prioritise rest and sleep whenever possible.

2. Create a safe sleep environment for the baby
Creating a safe sleep environment for the baby is essential for their health and safety. It is widely recommended that infants sleep on their backs, in their own sleep space, and without any loose bedding or soft objects that could pose a suffocation risk.

3. Consider co-sleeping or room-sharing
Co-sleeping or room-sharing with the baby can make nighttime feedings and care easier for parents. However, it's important to follow safe sleep guidelines if choosing to co-sleep, such as using a firm mattress and keeping the baby on their back. Room-sharing can also help parents respond quickly to the baby's needs without the need for a separate room.

4. Share nighttime duties with a partner or family member
Sharing nighttime duties with a partner or family member can help distribute the workload and allow for more restful sleep. If breastfeeding, consider pumping or using formula to allow for the partner to participate in nighttime feedings.

5. Take care of your own sleep needs
It's important for parents to prioritise their own sleep needs as well. This may mean enlisting the help of a friend or family member to care for the baby while parents get some much-needed rest. It's also important to practise good sleep hygiene, such as creating a comfortable sleep environment and avoiding electronics before bedtime.

6. Don't be too hard on yourself
Caring for a newborn can be overwhelming, and it's important to give yourself grace during this time. It's normal to experience sleep deprivation and feel exhausted, but remember that it's a temporary phase. Don't be too hard on yourself and prioritise self-care to help manage stress and exhaustion.

In conclusion, sleeping with a newborn baby can be challenging, but there are many strategies and techniques that can help. Prioritise rest and sleep whenever possible, create a safe sleep environment for the baby, consider co-sleeping or room-sharing, share nighttime duties with a partner or family member, take care of your own sleep needs, and don't be too hard on yourself. By prioritising sleep and self-care during the newborn phase, parents can better manage the demands of caring for a new baby and ensure their own health and well-being.
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