New Baby? 11 Ways to Cope with Sleep Deprivation

New Baby? 11 Ways to Cope with Sleep Deprivation

Being a new parent is hard work with very few breaks. One of the most difficult things can be the ongoing sleep deprivation.

Here are some tips to help you make it through this tiring stage of life.

  1. Try to lay down when the baby sleeps. This is difficult as there is always more laundry or housework to be done but try to make your own rest a priority. A nap in the day can make nighttime feeds much less stressful.

  2. Take a day to stay in your pyjamas and rest. Even if you are unable to sleep, lie down and read a book or listen to music while your baby sleeps.

  3. Try not to look at the clock at night. It can make you more concerned about the sleep you are not getting and make you feel worse in the morning.

  4. Every baby is different and will have different sleeping patterns. Young babies cannot be spoiled. If they wake due to hunger, feel reassured that you are doing the right thing by responding.

  5. Breastfeed lying down. Ask your partner to do the burping and changing for some of the feeds.

  6. Say yes to anyone who offers to help you with household tasks.

  7. Try to get outside every day. Feeling sunshine on your face and getting fresh air can lift your mood, even if you are tired.

  8. Limit caffeine. Caffeine can interfere with sleep when you get the opportunity. It also also increases anxiety.

  9. Discuss with your partner ways that you can both get more sleep. Can you take turns napping? Can your partner be with the baby until midnight while you go to bed to get a 2-3 hour stretch of uninterrupted sleep? Knowing that you are working together to maximize available sleep may make you both feel better.

  10. Take care of yourself in other ways so that your body is getting what it needs (even if sleep isn’t one of them). Drink enough water. Eat healthy foods that give you energy and try to fit in some kind of physical activity.

  11. Know that the sleep deprivation is temporary. It may seem like it will last forever, but it is a phase of life that will eventually come to an end.

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Other related posts you may enjoy: I am so TIRED… More than Just Fatigue? and Baby’s “Days and Nights Mixed-Up“.


About the authors:IMG_9687 4

Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.

Download their app NuuNest – Newborn Nurse Answers and Baby Tracking for expert guidance through the first crucial weeks after childbirth.

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