Sleep when your baby sleeps.
This may seem like a straight forward thing to do but often gets over-looked as you think to prioritise catching up on the latest season of The Handmaid Tale. Don’t.
Any experienced maternity/baby nurses will tell you that the key way to stop postpartum sleep deprivation, is to simply sleep when your little one does.
Don’t be tempted to hoover up or do the dishes. Being a new mum, you’re going to have to prioritise what is important. If the number of tasks you have started to mount up, don’t feel it’s wrong to call up a family member or ask your partner for help.
Say yes to help.
Following on from the first point, don’t be afraid to asks for or say yes to help. Your well-being is far more important to worry about than asking Anna the babysitter. Remember, sleeping is not a luxury. It’s a medical requirement.
And when you do get the chance to get a few winks, avoid the T.V. radio or your phone. Instead, opt for a cool, dark environment.
Don’t worry that you won’t hear your baby cry.
Believe us when we say that when your baby starts crying, you will definitely hear. New mums tend to be attuned to the sound of their babies cry.
You can always use a baby monitor or keep both yours and the baby’s’ door open if you start to worry or get paranoid.
There is nothing worse than lying awake for hours, worried that if you do eventually fall asleep, that you won’t hear. You need your sleep and sanity!
Keep your eye on the prize.
Whether it’s tomorrow, in two weeks or in 8 months. One day, we PROMISE that your little one will eventually sleep through the night, as will you.
It’s impossible to predict when this will be and some are earlier than others. However, if your baby does continue to cry the entirety of the night, it may be worth having a chat with your paediatrician, in case there is a medical reason. Common issues include acid reflux or too much gas, both of which can be easily treated.
Don’t ignore the baby blues.
We know that you’re tired – we’ve been there too! But lack of sleep can lead to mood changes and potentially postpartum depression.
If you experience symptoms such as; avoiding family and friends, trouble feeling close to your baby, or bonding, fears that you’re not a good mother, severe mood swings, anxiety or panic attach or lack of interest in daily tasks, we recommend talking to your doctor to help address any problems.
Postpartum depression can be made worse if you do suffer from sleep deprivation, so make sure that you have friends and family who can help you through this wonderful yet ever so slightly terrifying part of your life.