6 Ways To Get More Sleep With a Newborn
We get it! You’ve just brought a newborn home. Sleep deprivation is par for the course, right? Not necessarily. Here are six ways you can get more sleep with a newborn
1) Don’t take on extra responsibility
If you have older children you may be feeling guilty about not spending enough time with them, but be careful not to volunteer for extra activities like days out or play dates with other children. If you’re severely sleep deprived it’s unlikely you’ll be the best of company anyway (sorry, but it’s true!) so instead make sure your other half, friends and family are on hand to make a big fuss of big brothers and sisters, while you get to take a nap.
2) Say ‘yes’ to help
Accept any help you can get, even if it’s not exactly how you would do it (…like when mum-in-law insists on serving up her ‘delicious’ tuna bake…). The point is, letting someone else take the reins will give you a chance to get a few extra hours kip.
3) Outsource tasks
If you’re breastfeeding, you can pump, which will allow you to give someone else a turn to feed. Alternatively, ask your other half to take on some of the night feeds. You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes to get 3-4 hours undisturbed sleep during the night.
4) Set the scene
Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just about baby sleeping through, it’s also about your environment. Make sure that your bedroom is a haven of serenity (we know it’s a bit difficult with a Moses basket, changing table and a breast pump all at the end of the bed…) but do your best to create an environment that will induce sleep. We recommend black-out blinds and some Tisserand Pillow Mist on your pillow for starters.
5) Let baby settle
Newborns are active sleepers, which means they make all manner of noises in the night from grunting and groaning to whimpering and cooing. Try to give baby a minute or two before you leap out of bed to check on them because they might settle on their own. That said, if they are crying this could be a sign of hunger or a soiled nappy, so be sure to check it if continues after a minute or two.
6) Self care all the way
Don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a bit of self care. Our Sleep Saver Box is packed with all the essentials a new mum needs to help her get a good rest. From a Myrtle & Maude Aromatherapy Soy Candle to Natural Birthing Company Sleepy Mama Pillow Mist, you’ll be counting ZZZs in no time!