Sleeping tips for new mums
- Your sleep pattern is going to change – be prepared.
- Make sure your sleep is a priority for you and for others around you.
- Minimise other responsibilities, especially for the first 3 months.
- Sleep when the baby sleeps – if possible.
- When the baby is awake organise your tasks so you can do other things whilst staying in range of your baby.
- Keep it simple – don’t worry about fancy meals or the tidiness of the house.
- Keep calm – Your baby will cry this is normal: hunger, wet or dirty nappies, being over tired, the need to socialise, or being too hot or cold. However, sometimes babies cry for no obvious reason at all! Within limits, see if they will settle before going to them.
- Can others help with feeds? – Yes, bottle fed or expressed milk allows others including family to help with feeding.
- General Sleep Problems for mums – Do not ignore these, sleep apnoea is a possibility if you are still tired after long amounts of sleep. Consult with Dr Bailey.
- Depression – sleep loss and depression are very similar and can be confused. If you have serious “baby blues” that go on for more than a couple of weeks, discuss these with Dr Bailey.
- Remember: it will get better! – Your baby will start to get into a routine after 3 months and start to sleep for longer periods, so will you!
Sleeping tips during pregnancy
- Routine – stick to a regular bedtime routine, your body clock will know and will start to relax naturally.
- Drinks – Limit your caffeine intake, don’t drink too much water in the evening to avoid needing to go to the bathroom during the night.
- Food – Avoid spicy foods or large meals at night as these can cause heartburn or indigestion.
- Don’t stress – Talk to your friends and family. Learn some meditation techniques or yoga to limit stress.
- Don’t toss and turn in bed – If you are restless and can’t get to sleep, get up and read or listen to music until you start to feel sleepy.