It's 2am and your newborn is crying. Will you ever sleep well again?
Although life with a newborn is a 24/7 adventurous adventure, do not lose hope. At the age of 3 to 4 months, many babies can sleep for at least five hours at the same time. At some point in the first year of life of your baby, night breaks of 10 hours are possible. In the meantime, a little creativity can help you sneak in as much sleep as possible.
Suggestions for Tiredness
While there is no magic formula for getting enough sleep, these strategies can help:
- Sleep while baby sleeps. Silence the phone, hide the laundry basket and ignore the dishes in the sink. Calls and tasks can wait.
- Set social graces aside. When friends and relatives are visited, do not offer to be hosts. Instead, ask if you can watch the baby while you take a nap.
- Do not share bed in bed. It's okay to bring your baby to bed for comfort or comfort – but bring it back to the crib or bassinet when you're ready to fall asleep again.
- Shared tasks. If possible, establish a schedule with your partner that will allow each one of you to take turns restoring and caring for the baby] Wait a moment. Sometimes you may need to cry your baby when you sleep. If you do not suspect that your baby is hungry or uncomfortable, it is okay to promote self-reliance. If the crying does not stop, check your baby, speak calmly and leave the room. Your soothing presence can be anything your baby needs to fall asleep.
When sleep becomes a battle
If you look after a newborn, you may become so exhausted that you can fall asleep anytime, anywhere. If you have trouble falling asleep, make sure your environment is suitable for sleep. Keep your bedroom dark, calm and cool. Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol late in the day or at night. Regular physical activity – preferably not at bedtime. Also avoid the excitation of light, eg. From screens, and sounds during bedtime.
Try not to torture yourself before falling asleep. If you do not take a nap within a reasonable time, get up and do a quiet activity like reading until you feel tired. Then try to go back to bed.
If you think you have a sleep problem, talk to your doctor. Recognizing and treating the underlying conditions can help you get the rest you need. Remember, if you take good care of yourself – including enough sleep – you can take optimal care of your baby.
Release date: 2001-05-10