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Q&A: How can I get more sleep now that baby is here?

Help! I'm always exhausted now that my baby is born. Are there any ways to get more sleep?

Re: Help! I'm always exhausted now that my baby is born. Are there any ways to get more sleep?

The Bump Expert

You’re typing this at 3 a.m., aren’t you? Hang in there, because when baby hits 3 months, she may be able to sleep for at least five hours at a time, according to the Mayo Clinic. And it gets better: a 6-month-old baby can sleep up to 12 hours! So there’s that to look forward to. In the meantime, get busy making your home more sleep-friendly. Turn off all phone ringers and forget about unloading the dishwasher -- when your baby naps, you nap. If you have family visitors, don’t try to entertain them. Let them hold baby for a bit (they’ll love it) and use that time to rest, take a shower, pay a bill…or hey, unload that dishwasher.

Between you and your SO, hammer out a system where you take turns getting up during the night. Maybe he can bottle feed or change diapers and let you sleep. It’s all about tag-teaming. Finally, when baby makes a few noises in the night, don’t always get up immediately. Your newborn could just be adjusting or fussing before going back to sleep again -- newborns are noisy sleepers. So if baby sounds content enough, wait a minute or two before getting up. And if the crying doesn’t start, by all means, roll over and go back to sleep! Good luck.

Erin Meanly

Q&A: How can I get more sleep now that baby is here?

My doctor also recommended doing 2 to 21/2 hour feedings during day and then trying to stretch feedings to 4 hours at night.. It worked last night, we just started it. We also make sure we have play time and awaken him during the day and at night make sure it is quiet and dark other than night light and white noise so he gets the right cues.. I found it helpful.

desireebare |

Q&A: How can I get more sleep now that baby is here?

Whenever baby is sleeping, you sleep! Don't worry if the laundry or dishes are piling up or if the housework just can't get done. It's tough for the first month or so until your little bundle of joy gets into a routine along with you! So, just remember, hang in there and whenever your baby is napping, you should be too. It will get better I promise you.

kerrierageth |

Q&A: How can I get more sleep now that baby is here?

My Ped suggested every morning getting up at the same time (no matter how late you were up) and taking baby outside into the sunlight for 15 minutes. This helps them establish that now it is day time. Then open the curtains and let in as much sunlight as possible all day long. After feedings interact and play with baby for at least an hour to keep them awake and at night keep everything as dark and quiet as possible. My LO is 5 weeks old and we started this 3 weeks ago. She now sleeps 4-5 hours straight every night. You will feel like a new woman after getting 5 hours straight of sleep! Hang in there it does get better. Good luck!

ashleygingerich1 |

Q&A: How can I get more sleep now that baby is here?

If your waking during your nap to check on your baby, you need to ask yourself why? Are you afraid of Cot Death or just want reassurance everythings alright. If you have a friend you can rely on to babysit while you have a rest. Most mums have a standard they want their house to look like incase of visitors, let that slide abit. A good friend should help with maybe just doing the washing for you. Biggest mistake is not letting someone know when things are getting out of hand for you. Let others help. If you are worried about babies safety while sleeping go to www.littlemites.com.au and look at the Mi T Sleep.

cameron212121 |