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7 New Mom Tips for Getting Some Sleep

how new moms can get sleepPinterest paints a rosy picture of new-motherhood, but the truth is that there’s a lot of sleepless nights ahead for new parents. It’s worth it in the end, but that first year is rough. You’ll spend a lot of time worrying about your baby’s sleep habits (and you should – they are important), but don’t forget to think about yourself as well. Here are some ways to for new moms to get some sleep.

1. Sleep when the baby sleeps – I know you hear this a lot and it seems impossible because there’s always so much to do, but it’s the best piece of advice you’ll hear. The best way to get more sleep is to sleep when you can. When the baby is awake, there is tending to do, but when your little one falls asleep, you must take what you can get.

2. Say no to extra responsibility – This is not the time in your life to volunteer for field trips, bake cookies for the bake sale, or take on an extra project at work. There will be time for all of that next year, but right now you should trim down your responsibilities.

3. Accept help – Want to know a secret about super moms who always seem to do so much? They accept the help of other people and delegate tasks. Lean on other people (like your parents) who genuinely want to help. Grandma and Grandpa want to spend time with the baby? Great, how about giving a feeding and a bath too? You will be amazed at how many people will take things off your plate.

4. You won’t sleep through crying – Some moms worry that they won’t hear their baby cry if they (the mom) are asleep, so they insist that someone be up. That isn’t the case. There’s something in your brain that rockets you awake when your baby cries.

5. Don’t expect your baby to sleep through the night – An infant who wakes up every two hours is completely normal. Babies wake often to feed. Their little tummies run empty fast! Don’t become frustrated when your baby doesn’t sleep for hours. When he/she does fall asleep, put baby down and get some rest yourself.

6. Take turns with your spouse – A full, uninterrupted night sleep is a wonderful thing. If one person is getting all the sleep, however, you’ll begin to resent each other. To make sure both people get some sleep, take turns getting up.

7. Turn away guests – During the first couple months, lots of people will ask to stop over and see the new baby. Unfortunately, this is when families are just getting adjusted to the new little one and sleep is at a premium. Don’t feel guilty about turning people away until things settle and your family finds a routine.

safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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