Nighttime Routines for Successful Sleeping
Making nighttime successful with a baby
Most parents do not fully grasp the concept of sleep deprivation before their babies come. It is hard to imagine that the addition of a baby will make it hard to accomplish all of your daily tasks, continue to shower, get sleep overnight and learn all about your new baby. But really, it can be hard to find enough time in the day to do it all.
When there is a lot going on, it can be easy to get out of the swing of things.
A few of the things our team of newborn care specialists help new families with is routines, catching your breath, an extra set of hands and getting more sleep. Helping new parents get sleep is probably top of the list outside of family adjustment.
How do you get more sleep with a newborn?
The first step is good postpartum planning in pregnancy. Postpartum planning in pregnancy should cover things like meals, goals, and hands on support after your baby arrives, be it from family, friends or newborn care specialists/postpartum doulas. This way, when your baby arrives, all of the pieces are ready to fall into place. This does not guarantee that it will be easy or your baby will be easy, because no amount of planning will make that completely easy, but it does guarantee that you will have all the support and tools to navigate your new life as parents.
Successful routines for more sleep with your baby
Set up “ night” stations in a box so that everything you need is all ready when night time comes around. Put your baby to bed early. Yes, I know they are waking up every 2-3 hours to feed and they will just wake up in a few hours, but setting the precedence early on will make things easier later on. Keep the night time set up as night starting around 6-7pm and keep the daytime set up as daytime! If you want daytime or overnight postpartum support in those first few weeks home to get off to a good start, reach out to our team of postpartum specialists!