Effective Ways for Babies AND Parents to Get Great Sleep
Well rested Moms and Dads make for better Moms and Dads
Any parent will tell you that the only thing that approaches the excitement of having a newborn at home is the exhaustion of having a newborn at home. They may be little bundles of joy, but small babies are also incredibly needy and have no concept at all of the time. That makes it a nightly challenge for parents to get a full night of quality sleep, or anything approaching such a thing. If this is a dilemma you are currently facing or are about to face, here are some tips to help you get the rest you need:
- Plan Ahead – If possible, discuss the issue of sleep before the baby arrives. If you and your partner are on the same page in advance about your individual sleep needs, it can help you devise strategies that work for both of you.
- Lighten Your Load – Having a newborn at home is lots and lots of work. Resist the temptation to take on even more responsibility either in or out of the home as this will only leave less time for sleep and more time for feeling exhausted.
- Sleep When Baby Sleeps – This is a tried and true method because it works. When your baby goes down for a nap, resist the urge to fold laundry or wash dishes. Take advantage of this welcome opportunity to grab a few winks.
- Accept Help – New parents, especially first-time parents, want to prove to themselves and others that they can handle the challenge. As a result, they turn down offers of help. Being a parent of a newborn is hard, so if someone offers assistance don’t feel guilty about accepting.
- Erase Worries – Often when parents do have an opportunity to get some needed rest they worry they won’t hear the baby crying. This is very rarely an issue, and it can easily be solved by using a baby monitor.
- Share the Load – It’s unacceptable for only one partner to be sleep deprived. When baby maintenance is shared equally, it typically allows both partners to get enough sleep to function during the day.
- Ask Doc – If your baby seems to be having a lot of trouble sleeping, talk to a pediatrician to determine if there is a medical cause that needs to be addressed.
- Be Self Aware – If sleep is a persistent problem for Mom or Dad (particularly Mom) after the baby arrives, the problem could be a sleep disorder rather than the infant. Don’t hesitate to consult a doctor.
A Lifetime of Sleep Advice from Beloit Mattress
A lot of us are parents ourselves, and we understand how exhausting those first few months can be. Trust us that one day soon your son or daughter will sleep through the night, and not long after that you’ll feel fully rested and refreshed again. Congratulations on the new addition to your family! We wish all of you the very best and invite you to come see us when that little one is ready for his or her first bed.
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