What is sleep? It's that thing you used to get before you had a baby... when you get to lay down, close your eyes and relax for a period of time. It’s where you go to get your sanity back because let’s be honest, sleep deprivation will make you go crazy. Before you have a baby, people always say “get rest now while you can” or “you’ll never sleep again” and it just goes in one ear and out the other because you really don’t know what it feels like to be a walking zombie until you are one. Put no sleep on top of raging hormones and you have a recipe for disaster. Not getting enough sleep can really get in the way of your everyday duties as a new mom. Plus, your newborn deserves the best version of you and how can you be that when you are tired, irritable, and dazed because of lack of sleep? That is why it is so important to get as much sleep as possible after your little one arrives. But how is this possible? Check out our sleep tips for new moms below to help you on your way to catching some zzz's!
- Enlist your partner’s help. Whether it’s for a nice bedtime massage to help you unwind or to take over a feeding in the middle of the night, don’t be afraid to ask. A breast pump can really come in handy to help you store up extra milk so others can feed your little one while you rest.
- Get yourself in a nightly routine. Focus on doing activities that calm your mind such as a bubble bath, reading a book, or watching your favorite television show with your hubby. Exercising can also wear you out — but try to do that earlier in the day as doing it before bed may keep you up later than you’d like.
- Put your baby on a nighttime routine as well. If you can manage to put your baby to bed before you go to bed, it can help you relax and get into bed on time too. Many babies like to be bathed, rocked, and fed before bed.
- Try melatonin or chamomile tea. Many people swear by both. You can find both at your local grocery store.
- Keep your newborn in the same room while you sleep. Whether you are co-sleeping or using a crib, allowing your baby to sleep in the same room as you can help you sleep better as it makes for easier nighttime feedings. Plus, it is such a relief to know your little one is nearby sleeping peacefully.
Last but not least, ladies, don’t do yourself a disservice by not getting sleep because you’re busy doing other things. By things, that means chores. It can be hard not to tidy up the house or let the pile of dirty dishes sit there another night. However, household tasks can wait…sleep is precious! Especially those first few months.