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How to deal with getting less sleep once baby arrives
A baby’s arrival is a joyous time, indeed, filled with amazing new adventures and beautiful developments every day. But, admittedly, the lack of sleep that comes with being a new mom is less of a joy. So, what is a frazzled, sleep-deprived mom to do? Here are some of our top tips to help you power through…
1) Make your health a priority
It’s easy to unintentionally deprive yourself of not only sleep but also basic nutrition when you’re first adjusting to being a new mom. But, it’s important to take good care of yourself so you can take good care of your baby. Don’t forget to hydrate, and try to eat healthy so you’ll still be functional on less sleep than normal.
2) Take shortcuts
If you don’t have the energy to make yourself or your family something healthy to eat, outsource! Keep things as simple as possible, and try to eliminate time-sucks around the house. Maybe this means eating on disposable plates for a few weeks. By the same token—don’t over-commit in other aspects of your life the first few months with a newborn. For instance, if an older child is supposed to bring home-baked cookies to school, there’s no shame in buying them at a bakery or the grocery store.
3) Get help
You might not be used to asking for help. But, this is a time in your life when it’s an excellent idea to ask for and graciously accept the help of friends and family. Or, hire a babysitter or nanny to help you stay sane and well rested. Know your limits of sleep deprivation, and plan accordingly.
4) Sleep when baby sleeps—really!
Fight the urge to accomplish lots of chores while baby is sleeping. When baby is napping, this is your best opportunity to put your head on a pillow as well. And please remember that sleep is not some kind of luxury that you should feel guilty about affording yourself. Sleep is critical in keeping your mind and body running in good condition.
5) Know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel
This too shall pass. Your newborn will eventually sleep through the night (we promise!), and your sleep patterns will ultimately return to a more normal state. You’ll get through this.