Did you know that November is National Sleep Comfort Month? A whole month dedicated to sleeping comfortably. This makes me smile.
But don’t worry pregnant mamas or mamas of newborns. Comfortable sleep will come again. We all know how difficult good sleep is when you’re pregnant. That comfortable position is elusive! You toss and turn. For me, it was constant back pain. And also the 847 trips to the bathroom every night. There’s also the heartburn and leg cramps. Remind me why we do this?
Then the baby finally arrives and sleeping at all becomes a thing you fondly remember. Well, I guess you get a few winks here and there.
So maybe you’re wondering what Sleep Comfort Month and the pregnancy and newborn stage could possibly have in common. Since every moment of sleep is so precious during this time in your life, you should truly make the most of it. Here are a couple of tips to help you get meaningful and comfortable sleep during the newborn period.
- Take a nap – Easier said than done, I know. But, ask for help from friends or family. Have someone come over and take care of the baby while you catch up on sleep.
- Trade nights with your partner – When it is your turn, get up during all of the nightly feedings to let your partner get a full night sleep. Then when it is your partner’s turn, let him do ALL that night’s feeding, too. If you’re a nursing mom, you might need to pump so dad has something to feed the baby. At the very least, skip one feeding, letting your partner do the work, so you can get several consecutive hours of sleep.
- Don’t sleep in the same room with baby – Babies make noise when they sleep. They move. They whimper and fuss sometimes. They usually don’t need anything; or if they do, they’ll eventually let you know with a more obvious cry. So, sleeping in a different room will allow for better sleep. Keep the baby monitor turned down so that it isn’t picking up all the tiny noises. Or, if you aren’t comfortable with that, have someone else listen for it.
- Wear comfortable sleepwear – Save the cute pajamas for when things are back to normal. Choose something comfortable and non-restrictive. A Preggers Sleep Nursing Bra is helpful, too. The bra is seamless and made of super soft material that feels good against the skin. Smooth, wide straps and a high back help to keep the straps in place and provide back support. It also has easy front access with no clasps for those late night feedings.
Remember that you will sleep again! And every bit of missed sleep now is worth it when you gaze at the sweet face of your son or daughter.