Being a new parent is an exciting -- and exhausting -- adventure. Even though most newborns will sleep anywhere from 10.5 to 18 hours a day, those hours may be short and erratic, leaving you with little time to get things done around the house, much less find the time to get some quality rest of your own. But getting enough sleep is still just as crucial for you as a parent as it is for your child. Here are some tips and suggestions to help make sure that you find the rest you need while caring for your newborn.
Take shifts with your partner.
If you are able to share baby duties with a partner, try assigning shifts. You might trade duty every other night, or switch to be on-call for feedings and diaper changes halfway through the night. That way, everybody gets at least a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Double up on waterproof fitted sheets.
A leaky diaper that soaks through your baby crib sheet could leave you with another unpleasant chore to tackle in the middle of the night. Use two waterproof fitted sheets or fitted crib sheet protectors, one placed right over the other, so that if a nighttime incident does occur, you can simply strip off one layer and have a clean sheet ready to go underneath. Then, get back to bed!
Take sleep whenever you can get it.
One common piece of advice for new parents is to sleep whenever the baby sleeps, no matter the time of day. Leave the household chores for later and rest when you can. Additionally, if friends or family members are eager to visit, don't be afraid to ask them to simply take duty for an hour or two while you go off to nap. Most people are very understanding about just how exhausting those first few months can be.