They Sleep – You Sleep

Sleep PictureProbably the best advice I ever read or heard was to sleep when your baby sleeps.  The first day or two you bring your bundle of joy home from the hospital will pass without any trouble.  After all, you’ve stayed up late or even pulled an all-nighter before, it’s not like your body has no flexibility.  But, after a few days you are going to be fatigued and tired and that is no way to interact with your newborn who is depending on you.  Your natural instinct will be to sleep your normal night pattern and just add in a nap.  That isn’t going to work out.  The reason is that your baby will be waking up every 90 to 180 minutes every single night.  Your body just can’t figure that out.  You’ll end up waking up at 6:00 am for a feed and not being able to fall back asleep (especially if the sun is already showing light).  Instead, just head for your bed every time you put him down in his bed.  If you fall asleep, great.  If not, get back up and use the hour for whatever you need.  The important thing is that you’ll be giving your body a chance to take care of what it needs in the way of sleep.  It will make all the difference in the world next time Junior cries out at 3:00am.

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