Getting the Best Night of Sleep with Your New Baby

Mark and I are looking forward to welcoming a little girl into our family in December. Recently my thoughts have been flooded with ideas of what things will be like as our family changes again. I’m so anxious to meet her, but I’m trying to enjoy the little things as we wait- like getting sleep every night. Because I know that soon enough I’ll be up with our sweet baby girl. Today a guest is sharing a post with a few tips that helped them get the best night of sleep with a new baby. Enjoy!

Getting the Best Night of Sleep with Your New Baby

The due date is only around the corner and things couldn’t be more exciting; you can’t wait to bring your baby home so you can start your new lives together! But as any new parent will tell you, getting enough sleep can be a bit of an issue when your bundle of joy needs feeding or changing in the middle of the night. It’s just one of those things that you come to face in life, and although it can be a struggle, there are a number of ways that you can make the best of the situation. I experienced the very same thing last year, so here are my tips for getting the best night of sleep with your new baby…

Create a rotation

Why not create a rotation for who gets up when? We alternated each night so at least one of us would be functional the next day. We found that when we both took turns in the same night, both of us would be groggy and grumpy the next day. Although we both agree that the best night of the week was definitely when baby’s grandma came over to take a shift so we could get some chores done, as well as a couple of hours of uninterrupted sleep!

Invest in a good bed and mattress

When you do have a few moments to rest in bed, it certainly helps when it is nice and comfortable. That’s why we have a lovely super king sized mattress with a memory foam topper. We’ve got a handy headboard that is brilliant when you need to rest against something to read a few pages of your book in between feeds.

Make sure your bedding is brilliant

Our bed wouldn’t be complete without the bedding though – we’ve got a pair of memory foam pillows and a plush goose down duvet. The good thing about having such a large bed cover is that it doesn’t slide off when the other person gets out of bed during the night!

Learn to be more patient 

Even if you have everything planned out, you just don’t know how long baby will be awake for in the night. It helps if you can learn to be more patient as you’ll get a few hours of kip eventually. Avoid stressing when you head back to bed too, and don’t worry if it takes you a little while to nod off again. Give yourself a break; you’re new to the experience and we all make it through the tricky beginning!

Be adaptable

Lastly, if you’re able to sleep for a couple of hours in the day, this should alleviate some of the pressure you feel come nightfall. This might not be convenient if one of you is at work in the daytime, so this might be reflected in your nightly rotation. Listen to each other’s needs as you’ll both be tired, but it’s about working together to reach the best possible arrangement.