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Any suggestions for coping with the lack of sleep when having a new baby?

Posted by mom74959, 27th April 2015

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  • Have a trusted family member look after the baby while you get some rest.

  • As everyone is saying sleep whenever you can. Even 20 minutes is a game changer.

    Food is also important. Your body will need more energy to make up for lack of sleep. So if your Hu gry eat! Even if it’s a second breakfast or third snack before dinner. Try to eat a good healthy range of foods.

    Exercise can also help. Not too hard core but a gentle walk or at home exercise for 10-30 minutes. It will really refresh you. I liked to do this in the morning. When bubs was up and I felt a little groggy from sleep deprivation I’d walk for 30-60 minutes and it was amazing how refreshed and energetic I felt after would.

  • Coffee!!!!

  • The only thing I can suggest is try and get sleep whenever you can. If you have to put off some housework to get to bed earlier then do so. The housework can wait till the next day. Also, get some help if you can.

  • nap whenever you can – whenever they do – it is part of it mate… my son slept .5 hrs in 24 hrs up to the day he turned four months old, than he slept 12 hrs a night EVERY night!! I didn’t for the first while, as it worried me LOL good luck to you x

  • Sleep when Bub is sleeping. That’s the easiest way to get some more sleep. I remember thinking there is so much to do around the house but if I could do it all again, I’d definitely bring in a house cleaner so I’d stay sane!

  • Apparetnly the Dr. told my Mum to try to rest during the afternoon while we were asleep. Even if she didn’t go to sleep it relaxed her muscles. Your Mum or MIL may welcome the time with their grandchild/children, even if it is only for a short time. I know a few Mums who would love it if somebody visited and did their washing including folding it to be put away. If they learn where the clothes etc. go it is even better.

  • Sleep when Bub is sleeping. This saved my sanity in the early weeks. Don’t try to be the homemaker queen. If things don’t get done then that’s ok. Ask for assistance from family/friends. If you have someone coming over and they ask if the can bring something say YES! Saves you preparing something.

  • Your body gets used to it, you will be amazed how well you can function with little sleep. A lot of people told me to sleep during the day when baby was sleeping but I couldn’t. I found I slept better at nights if I did not nap during the day.

  • just sleep when you can even if its with bub next to you in a safe place like a basinet

  • sleep when bub is sleeping. Ask family friends to babysit for an hour no shame in asking for help.

  • You have to try to sleep when they are sleeping or ask for help! I didn’t have any help so make sure I slept when my son sleep. Good luck I feel for you.

  • I often feel asleep in the recliner chair whilst all night feeding my newborn. I guess you get used to it a bit. things get a bit better as they get older..

  • Even now some mornings my 8 month old and I co-nap. When I’m too tired to function I admit defeat. Going to bed at reasonable hour helps too. I’m often tempted to stay up for a few baby free hours

  • Try to get a nap when your baby is sleeping.If you can get help from family from friends that will be great.Having someone to look after the little one when you having a rest is the best thing now.
    I went through this.My son was awake almost every hour during the night in the first month.Then every 2 hours in the second one.I was sleeping only a couple of hours every night and having power naps when he was having a sleep.Looking back I think it is just amazing how I was able to cope with it , I had days when I was like a zombi.
    Good luck with your little one .

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