1. Prioritise your sleep needs
Family and friends will understand your need for undisturbed sleep. Deter visitors with a ‘Sleep time’ sign for the door and say ‘no’ to unnecessary activities that may compromise an opportunity for you to rest.
2. Sync your sleep with your baby
When you pop your baby to bed try to get some sleep for yourself. During the day this may be more difficult, but a darkened room or an eye mask and ear plugs can help extend an afternoon nap.
3. Use your wake time wisely
With a new baby no one expects your house to be immaculate. Use periods of wakefulness to keep on top of essential chores and plan simple meals. Pop your bub in a safe spot near you while you work.
4. Let others help you
Accept help from those who offer – you can repay the favour later. A meal from a neighbour, a clean bathroom from a friend and given the chance, who doesn’t love the chance to hold or feed a baby? Say yes to it all.
5. Relax and enjoy
Rest assured - all babies cry – this is how they communicate. If your bub has been fed and is warm, safe and dry give them a little time to self-settle. Keep your baby within hearing and relax. You will quickly learn their cries and know when your baby needs attention.