Importance of Rest for New Parents

Importance of Rest for New Parents

Today’s #motherboxtotiptuesday is all about getting some more sleep when you really need it! We all know that having a baby means having less sleep, napping when we can and generally functioning daily a little tired, but what can we do when we hit a wall and we really need to sleep!? We are fans of having a couple of scheduled evenings a week where couples ‘tag team sleep’ – this allows both parents to have some undisturbed time out and it really can sort you out!

If you are breast feeding express some milk in the day and when your partner gets home from work hand baby over and go and have a nice soak and get straight into bed! (If you are on your knees, skip the soak and go straight for the face plant in bed) This is your off duty time, to sleep without your ears on stalks knowing that if baby wakes, your partner is on duty and you can sleep through it! When your partner goes to bed (we suggest around 11.30/12) they can bring baby up and pop baby by you, hopefully still asleep!

They can then sleep in the spare room or on the sofa for their off duty time! You then feed baby when they wake for their next feed, and hopefully after that you will both sleep until the morning. If you have a wakeful baby, you can swap over with your partner again in the night!

This allows you both to have a few chunks of uninterrupted deep sleep, which is the sleep that will help you to feel better and more rested! Bring off duty can also give the mind a break, which helps with anxiety and depression. When we both did tag team sleeping it went something like this.

Me: bed at 7.30 – usually out cold immediately!

Partner:feed baby at 11.00 and then settle baby next to me (I usually slept through this)

Partner- go to sleep in spare room.

Me:get woken up to feed baby at 2.30 ish and again around 6am

Partner- who had slept from 12-6 would then bring me breakfast in bed!

Everyone is getting some kip and feeling better!

Definitely worth a try!