How Winchester Families are Getting Sleep with a Newborn
Babies just do not sleep in the beginning…
Understanding what to expect when it comes to babies, sleep and the first few months of parenting is key to not feeling overwhelmed or like you are doing something wrong. I think the most common questions new parents get about their baby is, “How are they sleeping?”. Most of society has forgotten what it is like with a newborn or that most babies (basically 99%) of them sleep like normal healthy newborns when you first bring them home.
What is normal sleep for a newborn?
Well, I am glad you asked! Normal sleep for a newborn is spotty, rather inconstant and tiring to adults who are used to 8 hours of sleep every night! Most newborn babies wake often to eat, poop/pee, maybe say hello a bit, pick up their head and then they are back to sleep usually within 45-60 minutes. There are special cases of over stimulated babies or babies with special needs that may stay awake for longer stretches of time, but on average, newborns in the first few weeks wake to eat, potty and then head back to sleep.
Let me say this again, it is normal for newborn babies to wake every 2-3 hours to eat, potty, and repeat. It is normal for newborns to startle awake, easily wake, stir often, make noises that make you check on them, it is all normal. This is what they do to keep themselves safe, fed and thriving.
We often expect newborns to come out and be awake during the day with a nap or two and then sleep all night, but little ones need to eat constantly as they are growing so fast.
But we hear you that you are tired and exhausted and there is a solution that many parents are utilizing to get the sleep they need while also nurturing their newborn’s normal tendencies.
Planning for postpartum recovery and establishing healthy newborn sleep habits from the start will make newborn life better!
Understanding what to expect when it comes to postpartum recovery is important. Recovery is not always dramatically hard, but it is hard in the sense that you now have a little one dependent on you at all times, you are missing out on regular sleep, your body is recovering from growing a human, recovering from birth and adjusting to the emotional moments that come with being new parents.
Planning well for postpartum recovery is your best bet. Planning for a realistic expectation of what it will be like and how to set yourself up for thriving postpartum success. This is not just about baby gear and setting up your nursery, this is also about planning for the support you need, nutritional recovery, emotional recovery, physical recovery and putting systems into place that will make your maternity or paternity leave as smooth as possible.
Getting sleep with a newborn baby
So if you cannot change your baby’s natural sleep habits when they are a newborn… how can you get sleep with a newborn while also meeting their needs? Introducing the postpartum doula or newborn care specialist as many know the name or perhaps you think of a night nanny.
Postpartum specialists are experts in postpartum recovery, newborn care, family transitions, emotional and nutritional health for postpartum recovery and lactation experts. They come into your home and help you adjust. We do so without judgement of your goals and plans. They work overnights for 10 hours to get you optimal sleep and ensure that your baby safe and is well loved and you are also well loved. It ensures that you have hands on support for feeding during the night. It ensures that if you are working with a postpartum doula during the day you also have hands on support, rest, meal prep, newborn care and most of all an expert that can help you transition through this time with love and expertise.
You can expect great things from the Virginia is for Doulas Postpartum Doula team members and trust that you have access to flexible, overnight care that will help you transition into parenthood!