Survival strategies for getting some sleep with a new baby
Sleep and a new baby don’t often go hand in hand. Which is why, if you’re reading this, you are probably crossing all fingers and toes that these survival strategies will help get rid of those bags under you eyes. Here’s hoping...
Try and get some sort of rest at some point during the day - 20 minutes with your eyes closed may not feel like you have slept but according to recent research most people who have actually managed to sleep for twenty mins don't realise they have. I was never a fan of the “cat nap” prior to having a baby (I always woke up feeling worse than I did before I shut my eyes!) but those little twenty minutes really do make a huge difference now. I promise - try it.
Snack to keep your energy levels up - When I was pregnant I carried around little snack boxes containing almonds. This was partly for morning sickness and partly for some much needed energy. When you're sleep deprived, you need energy more than ever so I'm bringing out the almonds again.
Get outside for some fresh air - Sometimes the British weather doesn’t help when it comes to tempting us weary mothers outside. However even just a short brisk walk in the crispy English air can do wonders for your mood (and if you wrap the baby up warm, they will also enjoy getting outside and looking at the trees and sky!)
Do the boring, hardest jobs first - When you are feeling tired it’s easy to get overwhelmed and emotional (I can’t count the amount of times I have cried over something as silly as a baby purée stain that won’t come out of a bib!) So start off the day by doing the hardest jobs first - whether that’s making up the milk feeds or steralising the bottles - get them done ASAP. This means that when your energy levels flag later on in the day, you don’t have the horrid jobs looming over you.
Invest in your own bedtime routine - Your baby might have a lovely bedtime routine (bath, milk, bed) but what about you? Set yourself a lovely relaxing bedtime routine even if it’s just putting on some gorgeous smelling moisturiser and reading a chapter of your book. Make sure you give time to YOU (because as a mummy you are pretty important too!)
What sleep tactics did you employ when you had a baby? I’d love to hear them so please share them below!