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How to Sleep after a new born baby enters Home

  • 13 January 2017
  • By Shveta Bhagat
How to Sleep after a new born baby enters Home

It is that phase of your lives as a new parent that everyone would have warned you about. You are probably just going to have to lose sleep once the baby enters the house and like everything even sleep would have to be tailored around the new member of the family. But wait, there are ways to ease the situation. Here are some:

Make up for lost sleep: Try and sleep whenever possible. A few hours extra during the day or weekend. Considering you’ll be so tired, you would probably catch up on deep sleep as opposed to sleeping light in short bursts at night. Darken your room or try eye masks and sleep off.
Limit your caffeine intake: If you must, do not exceed one caffeinated drink a day and make sure not to have it during the evening or close to bedtime. Remember to keep it healthy so you are left feeling good.
Catch a nap: Do not try to be more productive during baby's nap time. A 20- to 30-minute nap will refresh you without causing sleep inertia or that half groggy feeling. But don't sleep any later than 3 p.m as that may interfere with your bedtime. If your baby isn't on a regular nap schedule, take help from friends and relatives. Let your mother hold and entertain the baby while you crash for a while.
Share night duty: Taking on round-the-clock feedings can lead to serious sleep deprivation. It may make sense to alternate, so one person does all the feedings while the other sleeps. That way, at least one person gets a good night's sleep, instead of both of you getting fragmented sleep. Nursing mothers might consider pumping milk so Dadcan take care of at least one nighttime feeding.
Teach your baby to fall back to sleep: If your baby is groaning or whimpering in the night, that doesn't mean you need to leap out of bed. Teach your baby to sleep through the night. By 6 months, most babies are capable of sleeping seven to eight hours at a stretch. To encourage your baby to fall back to sleep on her own in the middle of the night (instead of crying for you), put her to bed while she's still awake. Weaning her from whatever strategies you've been using to soothe her to sleep (nursing or rocking, for instance) will teach her not to rely on these when she wakes up.



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