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A Few Hints for Sleep Deprived Mothers

No one misses sleep like a new mother. While it's nearly impossible to understand the shut eye impacting changes a newborn brings, it's important to be prepared. Here are a few hints on how to deal with sleepless nights during the first few weeks.

  • Plan ahead while pregnant. Deep clean the house, organize the cupboards and stock the pantry so you can focus on caring for your infant instead of wasting energy on these other tasks when you get home.
  • Take advantage of the hospital's nursery and sleep as much as you can while you have nurses to tend to your tot.
  • Pump and let your partner take on one or a few of your child's feedings so you can grab longer stretches of shut eye.
  • Soak in a warm tub to relax and hop in the shower to revive. Sometimes feeling refreshed can trick heavy eyelids into opening.
  • Don't keep tabs on the clock. You might feel less tired when you aren't aware of how lil sleep you are getting.
  • Stay positive. The sleep deprivation eventually ends. Remind yourself that being tired comes with the miracle of being a mother.

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Greggie Greggie 7 years
I don't agree with the recommendation of sending the baby to the nursery. I think it's fine if you want to, but I don't agree with recommending it as a given. I think a better recommendation is to do what feels right to you, whether it be rooming in or using the nursery.
karlorene karlorene 7 years
lickety- i'm very sorry that happened :( i would have complained about her too
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
Congratulations anniekim!!Liss, I'd love that job too ;)
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
Congratulations anniekim!! Liss, I'd love that job too ;)
anniekim anniekim 7 years
lickety--what a horrid woman! not at all suited for her job, it sounds like.I just got out of the hospital and spent a lot of time convincing the nurses that I wanted the baby to "room in" at night not in the nursery. I'll now think of those nurses more positively!The baby (Angelica Mary) is now 6 days old and all I want to do is sleep.Thanks lilsugar for reminding me how normal that is!Now, I'm off to take a nap before baby awakes from hers and hubby returns from shopping with her 2 older sisters.
anniekim anniekim 7 years
lickety--what a horrid woman! not at all suited for her job, it sounds like. I just got out of the hospital and spent a lot of time convincing the nurses that I wanted the baby to "room in" at night not in the nursery. I'll now think of those nurses more positively! The baby (Angelica Mary) is now 6 days old and all I want to do is sleep. Thanks lilsugar for reminding me how normal that is! Now, I'm off to take a nap before baby awakes from hers and hubby returns from shopping with her 2 older sisters.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
That's awful Lickety! I probably would have punched her. That's part of their job to take care of the babies. I would love that job!
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
our hospital told me "sorry, we don't have a baby sitting service so you'll have to keep her with you". my obgyn had warned me of this, so i said "well if she's no longer a patient discharge her to my husband. if she is please take her to the nursery because i'm going to sleep now". that worked but the nurses didn't like it much. one told me "you waited so long to have a baby and now you just pass her off to a stranger", nice try at mommy guilt! too bad for her i had just gotten the diagnosis of autism for my oldest and between that and pregnancy i was emotionally at my limit. i complained about her.all baby's have different sleep patterns. my third was not a good sleeper until she was a year old. we had a big recliner we used for the feeding chair and i spent many a night sleeping in that with her just so i didn't have to get up as much.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
our hospital told me "sorry, we don't have a baby sitting service so you'll have to keep her with you". my obgyn had warned me of this, so i said "well if she's no longer a patient discharge her to my husband. if she is please take her to the nursery because i'm going to sleep now". that worked but the nurses didn't like it much. one told me "you waited so long to have a baby and now you just pass her off to a stranger", nice try at mommy guilt! too bad for her i had just gotten the diagnosis of autism for my oldest and between that and pregnancy i was emotionally at my limit. i complained about her. all baby's have different sleep patterns. my third was not a good sleeper until she was a year old. we had a big recliner we used for the feeding chair and i spent many a night sleeping in that with her just so i didn't have to get up as much.
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
Ugh. My son is over 5 months old now and I'm still exhausted. It's not much better than when he as a newborn. And then people actually pitied me and tried to help! One of these days maybe he'll start sleeping through the night. But what I miss most is sleeping in!
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