How to survive (and thrive) when you’re sleep deprived ~
We all know that sleep deprivation comes along with being a parent. You never know how to truly manage it until you’re right in the middle of it. Some babies sleep through the night and some don’t. If you are one of the unlucky ones, know you’re not alone! Just know that it will pass. Babies are not programmed to sleep very soundly; they need a lot of attention and care, especially in those first months of their life.
When you have a brand-new baby at home, sleep deprivation is just a fact of life. But there are ways to combat it. Sleep. When. Baby. Sleeps. I know you want to get all of the household chores done while baby sleeps, but if you need the sleep, then take it. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mental and physical health more than you know. It can also impact your immune system, making you more vulnerable to getting sick. Taking care of yourself and getting sleep when you can get it is crucial. Screw mom guilt!
Keep your baby close. Having your baby sleep in the same room as you has some major advantages to getting more sleep. Having to walk through the house to tend to your baby will keep them up longer, and that also means that it will take you a longer time to fall back asleep. Your baby can sense when you’re not nearby.
Get your partner involved. Take turns with the baby at night so that it’s not just one of you getting the brunt of little to no sleep. Don’t be afraid to ask!
All in all, you’re going to be tired. But you’re going to be full of love and gratitude as well. Take care of yourself and listen to your body. It’s telling you it’s tired for a reason. We hope you find a good balance.