By sleepcounciladmin on July 23, 2013
He’s here – the Royal baby that is!
Now we realise Kate Middleton isn’t the first woman in Britain to have a baby (although listening to the hype, you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise), but we thought it would be a good idea to share some of our advice on the inevitable sleepless nights – despite being royalty and having help on hand, Kate will still suffer!
Everyone knows that newborns are all over the place when it comes to sleeping — while they do sleep a lot (yippee!) it’s not always when you want them too i.e. at night! So Kate or any other new mums out there, if you’re reading this, here’s our top tips for getting through those first few weeks…and months!
- Sleep when your baby sleeps. Turn off the phone and turn a blind eye to all those chores: they can wait.
- Where you can, share the night time wake-up calls.
- Try to keep baby alert and active in the daytime to establish the difference between day and night time routines and promote longer periods of sleep through the night.
- And learn to accept help. Don’t be tempted to ‘prove you can manage’ – if people offer help, take it! Give them a job to do – you’ll be surprised at how many people want to help.
- If you have trouble falling asleep, make sure your environment is suited for sleep. Check out http://www.perfectsleepenvironment.org.uk/
- When sleep is in short supply, it’s more important than ever to make sure your bed is comfortable and supportive and an aid to restful sleep.
- Sleep deprivation can lead to mood changes at a time when hormones are already in overdrive which, in turn, can lead to the ‘baby blues’. So if you have any concerns about mood levels or a real and on-going sleep problem, consult your health care provider. Identifying and treating any underlying conditions can help you get the rest you need.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When family or friends visit during the first few weeks, cast the usual social niceties aside and ask if they’d mind watching baby while you grab a quick nap.