You have dark circles under your eyes, have trouble concentrating, and you almost put orange juice in your cereal. Yes, those are symptoms of a new mom or a new dad. When you look into your baby’s eyes, you feel a love like no other. You want to be there for your child completely, but being a new mom can leave you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Well, know that you aren’t alone, and that one day, your baby will sleep through the night.
Have you had bouts of crying, and you don’t even know why? If the answer is yes, don’t worry. This is perfectly normal when you are sleep deprived. Also, having a baby is like putting your hormones on a roller coaster, and it takes your body at least one full year to bounce back. What are some things you can do to alleviate some of this? Exercising is a great mood lifter, and it’s also great for your physical health. Even walking can help, but you may want to go early or late in the evening to avoid the hot Memphis sun. It’s easy to forget to eat when you’re taking care of a new baby, but it will take a toll on your health. You may want to take a multivitamin, and keep some healthy snacks around like yogurt, nuts and string cheese that you can snack on while your little one is napping.
If you stay home with your baby all day, you may need a break or a couple of breaks, and it’s okay to ask for help. If you’re able, switch out with your hubby for nightly feedings, so that you don’t have do to it all. After all, it took two to make your baby, right? Also, if you’re really exhausted, don’t be afraid to ask your mom or a friend to help out one night, so that you can get a full night’s sleep. It may be just what the doctor ordered, and you will feel rejuventated enough to power through another week.
When sleep is what you’re fantasizing about most these days, you may ask yourself this question: How can I get my baby to sleep longer at night? Many newborns are used to sleeping during the day and being awake at night. This makes sense since when your little one was in your tummy, he traveled around during the day while you were awake and moving, and the movement likely put him to sleep. It takes some time for newborns to adapt to a schedule of sleeping more at night than during the day. However, one way to get him on a better night time schedule is to try not to let him sleep straight for more than three hours during the day. Gently wake him up even if it is just to change his diaper. You can even talk to him, and play with him. Even if he doesn’t stay awake long, this will likely help him sleep less during the day and should result in him sleeping more at night. After doing this, you may notice him sleeping gradually longer at night.
Also, giving your baby a bath helps since the wam water is soothing. Johnson’s Bedtime Bath is a great bath wash to use since it contains lavender and chamomile. You may notice a difference after you start using it. Also, it smells so great that you may want to enjoy some of it yourself in a bubblebath after a long day.
Furthermore, many moms, including the author, swear by swaddling to help their baby sleep longer during the night. Swaddling can help a baby feel secure and cozy. Babies also tend to wake themselves up by wiggling their arms and legs, and swaddling keeps their little limbs in place while snoozing. A great swaddling blanket is Kiddopatamus Swaddleme which is sold at Wal-mart. This blanket makes swaddling easy, but if you need a tutorial, you can always visit www.youtube.com to find many videos on the subject.
So, if you’re worried if you’re really cut out for this whole motherhood thing, don’t. You definitely are because no one knows your baby better than you. So, trust those instincts, and get ready to enjoy that special bond you have with your baby. It will only get stronger.