Sleeping like a baby isn't necessarily a good thing!
Nighttime isn't exactly restful with a new baby in the house. Their little stomachs can't hold much, so they need to eat a small amount often. Throw in the many environmental changes they're experiencing – light, temperature variance, digestion – and there's plenty to keep babies up at night.
The good news is, it doesn't last forever. Until then, here are a few ways to cope with the lack of sleep:
- Let yourself go into survival mode. Convenience foods, housecleaning services and the like are luxuries you might truly appreciate.
- When someone offers help, don't think twice – just say yes!
- Sleep when the baby sleeps. No really, sleep when the baby sleeps. The dishes don't need to be washed, those phone calls don't need to be answered. Just take the chance to rest when you can.
- Trade off baby duty with your partner. That might mean swapping nights, taking shifts, or letting one another sleep in on weekend mornings. Even a nursing mom can get a few hours of sleep without the baby needing her.