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12 Things You Learn About Sleep Once Youre A Parent

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12 Things You Learn About Sleep Once Youre A Parent

12 Things You Learn About Sleep Once Youre A Parent

Is worrying about how much sleep youll get once your baby arrives keeping you awake at night? Youre not alone. And chances are your sleep habits will change considerably once youre a parent – but probably not how you expected them to

Ah, sleep. Pre-baby it was on your own terms and the only interruption was your partners snoring or late-night music next door.

But now your babys here, its a whole different ball game. He dictates when you sleep and is the most effective alarm clock youve ever had. Without a doubt.

The comfier you are, the easier youll find it to drop off and stay asleep – until your baby wakes for his next feed.

If youre too hot, youll probably struggle to sleep. Turn off the heating or invest in a fan – youll sleep much sounder.

Sadly, the rumours of being up and down during the night are true (unless you have a miraculous sleeper on your hands). Goodbye to those eight-hour slumber sessions and hello to short, sharp snoozes throughout the night.

Being a mum can be stressful and you need time to unwind before you get ready for bed – even if your baby doesnt have plans to settle anytime soon. Run a hot, bubbly bath, put your partner/mum/friend on babysitting duty and chill out for half an hour. Sleep will come much easier as a result.

The sofa. The nursery floor. Perched on the edge of the bath while brushing your teeth. Sleep can take over anywhere, anytime.

Were talking white noise devices or apps. And not just for you – for your baby, too.

Contrary to popular belief, youre not superwoman. You cant be expected to be the parent up with your baby every night – even if your partner has to get up for work. Encourage him to take on just a couple of nightfeed shifts a week so you can get a proper nights kip.

Especially for your daytime naps. Theres nothing like daylight to remind you that its the middle of the day.

Suddenly you find yourself nodding off on the sofa, at work and even on the bus. Your eyes seems to lose the ability to keep themselves open.

Youve mastered the art of settling your baby but now you seem to have forgotten how to settle yourself – which is really handy.

If youre struggling to get to sleep, a mug of chamomile tea can be your best friend. Or try spritzing your pillows with lavender scent to help relax you.

There are nights where sleep just isnt on the agenda. Whether thats because your babys unsettled or you are. Either way, brush it away as the one-off it is and catch up with naps when you can the next day.

What have you learned about sleep now you’re a parent? Let us know in the comments box below.

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