The New Parent Nightlight – Handling The First Sleepless Nights Of Parenthood

 

 

The arrival of a baby brings a mass of change into the lives of new parents. From the alteration of daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning, to some fairly severe sleep deprivation, a new baby can throw challenges at new parents which feel overly hard to overcome (especially on minimal sleep).

In order to handle the wealth of change, it can be important to develop good tactics and strategies for getting through the initial sleepless days and weeks. The following paragraphs will arm you with some tips and tricks to help make those early times a little bit more manageable.

 

Novice, Device

It can be hard for new parents to ask for help and to accept help. For many, this means trying to find solutions to common issues which involve minimal intervention and outside support. One such solution is a baby sleep aid. A sleeping aid can provide effective environmental regulation which creates a more relaxing and comforting space for your baby; facilitating more restful sleep for both baby and parents. Sleeping aids can come in the form of night lights, diffusers, humidifiers and noise generators (or if you’re lucky, a combination of all of these things).

 

 

Time Out

Some time off in the traditional sense is not usually an option for new parents. Those first few days and weeks of precious bonding are important to parents and children equally, and taking time away from those moments can feel emotionally fraught. If you have the support available (such as family, a partner or an older child) try taking smaller breaks (such as a bath, a shower or a quick run around the block).

By taking these set small breaks, you can provide your body and your brain with the fresh air, the water or the space needed to be able to recalibrate your thoughts and gain precious energy, leading to less ongoing physical and emotional fatigue.

 

 

Self-Care Is Important, Too

The expectation that everything will be perfect and will run smoothly from the get-go is a concern for many new parents, and it’s an unfair, unrealistic expectation. The changes that a newborn baby brings to a household are far ranging, and go beyond the asleep:awake continuum.

The changes to your daily schedule will mean that habitual processes, such as cooking meals and doing household chores, will be altered. While some of these things will recover and find their ‘new normal’ with time, others should be monitored to make sure that you’re remaining in optimal physical and mental health.

Good self-care is essential for new parents. Try to make your own meal times as important as your new child’s. Your nutrition and wellness is essential to the health and wellbeing of your child, and it’s just as necessary to ensure you’re getting the correct amount of vitamins and minerals – especially if you’re finding it hard to establish a consistent sleep pattern.

 

 

Slowly, Slowly

In the lead up to having a child, many new parents re-focus their living arrangements around the (theoretical) needs of their unborn child, and create changes in their homes and hearts which seem unsustainable, creating even more stress and sleeplessness over the first few days.

The trick to implementing lasting changes in your growing family (without losing sleep at night) is to take a ‘slowly, slowly’ approach. Not finding success with having a separate nursery for your baby? Move the baby into your bedroom in their cot temporarily. No success getting sleep with the cot in your bedroom? Try co-sleeping.

Incremental adjustments are the bedrock of lasting success, providing you with the flexibility to be able to adapt to change naturally, without creating more stress and sleeplessness for yourself, and for your new baby, in the long run.    

 

 

 

 

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