How To Get Rest For Tired Mums
When your baby first comes home you can't wait to show him off, get back into the groove of things and simply enjoy your new bundle. But it doesn’t take long to realize that the relaxed life you thought you’d have – cat naps and TV time – aren’t exactly what you’ve got. Instead you feel more like a milk maid, and as if someone is conducting some horrible sleep deprivation torture on you. Now all you want is to lie down, shut your eyes and sleep.
But how do you do that with a baby? Read on to find out super simple tips for getting in the rest you need and finding time for yourself amidst the chaos.
Nap when baby naps
While it can be tempting to get some free time when your baby is asleep, you should try to nap when your baby naps, whenever possible. This will help you keep your energy up and meet your daily sleep requirements. This might mean lounging around in tracksuit bottoms for a few months, but whoever said the life of a mom was a glamorous one? Don’t worry, soon your baby will be sleeping longer and you’ll be able to get back to lipstick and heels.
For many of us, the last thing in the world we want to do is ask for help, but chances are you won’t have to ask if you simply listen to those around you. Often in-laws, sisters, grandparents and friends will say “Let me know if I can help”.
We often take this simply as a polite token gesture, but take heart that they wouldn’t offer if they didn’t want to help ease your load. Make the most of it by giving your kindly helpers some jobs that you just haven’t gotten around to – for example, ironing, unloading the washing machine, preparing dinner, vacuuming or even just sitting with the baby so you can go and have a nap or a shower in peace.
New moms are prone to dehydration, especially if they are nursing. When you are tending to baby’s needs it can be easy to overlook your own. So make sure to stay hydrated. You can do this by making a special station by the bed or chair where you often nurse your baby. Fill it with bottled water, high protein snacks, the phone and reading material in case you feel up to reading a few pages while feeding.
Getting adequate sleep is never easy with a baby around, but it can be done if you try to schedule in some time to be good to yourself – treat yourself to a bubble bath, even if it means you have to bring baby into the bathroom with you and sit her safely outside the tub in her car seat or Moses basket; have your spouse cook dinner, or treat yourself to a takeaway – whatever it is that helps you get those few extra winks, take it.
You’ve worked hard for nine months bringing your bundle home, that is well worth a reward and a good old snooze.