It’s the bane of every parent of a newborn. How to get enough sleep! As any new parent knows, sleep is precious! Between the feedings, diaper changings, dealing with other children, and household chores, when do you get to sleep??? As a professional newborn photographer, I see many exhausted sleep deprived parents. Making sure that you get enough sleep should be a priority.
Silence your phone and just sleep while baby sleeps – even if it is during the day. If all the sleep you are getting is at night between feedings and diaper changing, it isn’t enough. Babies sleep a lot during the day, so sleep during the day.
Ignore the dished in the kitchen sink, skip the vacuuming and floor washing. Everyone will understand why your home is not sparkling clean when you have a newborn. It is more important that you get your rest.
Develop a relaxing routine. Read a book, take a warm bath. Stay away from electronics for 1-2 hours before bed. It is tempting to be on social media posting cute pictures of your baby, but stay off of phones, tablets, and computers.
It’s so much easier to reach over and pick up baby rather than walking down a hallway to attend to baby’s needs. That makes it easier to go back to sleep and feel more refreshed in the morning. The American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org ) recommends against putting baby in bed with you to sleep because of the risk of suffocation, so keep baby in a crib next to you.
If possible, enlist help with some of the night time feedings, diaper changing, and soothing with your partner. Take shifts with your partner. For example one can be with the baby for four hours and then switch. Pump and let your partner do a bottle feeing.
Just remember , this stage doesn’t last forever. You may feel tired and a bit “foggy” for awhile. Beautiful photos of your newborn will help you remember how sweet your newborn was. Contact me at Diane Gabriel Photography (714)366-5445 and let’s make it happen!