Friday, June 22, 2018

4 Tips to Help New Parents Survive Sleep Deprivation

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When it comes to methods for getting a newborn baby to sleep, hundreds and hundreds of pages of expert opinion and tips have been written. There are quite literally a million different pieces of advice to help the parents of newborns ensure that their babies are getting the sleep they require.

Which is great as, lets be honest, most of us need all the help we can get in that department. Less written about however is what the parents can do to survive the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn baby. How exactly do you avoid being turned into a zombie for whom the days bleed into one another and the concept of more than a few hours unbroken sleep is the work of science fiction?

Well, help is at hand with our four tips to help new parents survive sleep deprivation.

Sleep while baby sleeps

It’s one of the oldest clichés in the book, but it is absolutely true. When your baby is asleep, try and catch 40 winks yourself. You might think that it’s the perfect time to have 45 minutes to yourself and start that new Minka Kent novel, but in reality it’s the only time that your baby is going to be taking part in an activity that allows you to sleep as well. Make the most of it.

Give up on late night television

When you went for your scan and got your 26 Weeks Pregnant Pictures of Baby, you might have had this vision of life three months down the line of baby falling asleep at 10pm every evening, allowing you to retire to the couch to watch The Late Late Show with James Corden in peace. Well, you can forget about that. Make sure you are going to bed regularly and early, at around 10pm in order to ensure you are giving yourself a chance at getting some good quality sleep in before the call for early hours feeding arrives.

Don’t turn down help

For many new parents, not accepting help is about pride as much as anything. We see it almost as an admission that we aren’t coping with having a newborn baby. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’ve got a trusted friend or relative who offers to look after the baby for 20 minutes, then take it. A short nap is not only refreshing for you, but it also gives your loved ones the chance to spend time with the new arrival as well.

Go away with the baby

You might think your days of road tripping are over once your newborn baby arrives but hitting the road with them can actually provide a solution to your sleep deprivation. Throw an overnight bag into the car and head to your parents once every couple of weeks. The change of scenery will do everybody a world of good, it gives the dotting grandparents the opportunity to look after their cherished new relative and it will allow you to catch up on some sleep at the same time.

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