Did you know?....
“Research has found a new baby typically results in 400-750 hours of lost sleep for parents in the first year. Notice that there is a big difference between those two numbers? Some babies sleep a lot more and some babies sleep a lot less, but either way, sleep deprivation and motherhood go hand-in-hand. No matter what some sleep ‘experts’ tell you, some babies just do not, and will not, sleep.” - Newborn Mothers
And in general, most babies get their longest stretch of sleep early in the night (typically 8pm - 12pm) and wake more frequently in the morning hours. So how do we cope??
• I always suggest moms sleep that long stretch with babe in the early evening. One hour of sleep before midnight can equate to a restful two hours of sleep!
• if you are not one to nap, take rest breaks throughout the day (preferably screen free and laying down)
• try power napping! “A power nap is a very short nap that ends before deep sleep. 10-15 minutes is enough to reduce irritation and cognitive fatigue without leading to the dull heaviness you feel after a longer nap. The benefits of a power nap last nearly three hours, so schedule yourself a power nap every time your baby sleeps, to get you through the day.”
• expose yourself to sunlight during the day and open your windows for an energy booster
• hire an overnight postpartum Doula who can tend to babies needs. If you’re nursing, your Doula will bring you your babe for feedings in bed and take care of the rest.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE