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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?

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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?

I was also wondering why my baby still wakes up 3 times a night?????He is almost 9 months old.Can someone tell me please???????????????????

valerie572 |

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

Learn to nurse while sleeping. Babies need more help initially but this can be a big help once you both get the hang of it. Turn on your back and lying the baby cross wise over your tummy with legs hanging to the middle of the bed, can be a good burp position for a slow burper. Nap when baby naps. Bag the house work. Get a few meals you can fix in 15 minutes. My favorite is meat loaf, baked potato and baked squash. Day two baked salmon, baked sweet potato. Make sure you are eating a good breakfast and lunch with plenty of protein. Some tiredness may be blood sugar issues.

inaoconnor |

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

be careful with the bottle feeding at night if you are breastfeeding. You should still pump if you are going to let dad feed baby. But letting him get the baby up, change, feed and put baby back down can still help emensely! I wish my husband would wake up to do that!

mommaschiefer |

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

I am looking for advice. I am always tired and I know it's from lack of sleep. I struggle to sleep due to baby is a loud sleeper. I am a first time mom and trying to make it on 4-5 hours of sleep? Any advice??

Peggy1011 |

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

What I do is when my baby is sleeping.. I sleep too so that i don't get sleepy or tired when she/he is awake

lubshooxtine |

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What do i do if my baby wont sleep on a flat surface, but only in an arm??? I am trying a rockabye but it's hit and miss. :s Help!!!

kara.nate |

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

We had the same problem the first week and a half that baby would only sleep in our arms not in his crib or cradle. Eventually I did some online research and found ock a nod play sleepers like a crib but for newborns they are smaller and worked amazingly! Hope this helps

expectingMom2013 |

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

We're very lucky that I don't supply enough milk without supplementing so night feedings are easier. I take the 2AM and hubby takes the 5AM. He's been sleeping later and later for his 2AM feeding (last night he didn't get up until 3!) but still gets up at 5 then goes back to sleep till 7 or so. What really helps is a bedtime, if not a full day, routine. I know my LO and I really benefit from it! Hardest thing's is to keep with it when it's a new habit. You may get frustrated but keep with it!

Rubychic713 |