Understanding Newborn Sleep Deprivation and How to Cope as a New Mom

Are you a new mom struggling with sleep deprivation due to your newborn's sleep patterns? Don't worry, you're not alone! In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons behind sleepless nights with newborn struggles, plus provide practical sleep tips for new moms to help you navigate this challenging phase of parenthood!

What is Sleep Deprivation?

Think of sleep as fuel for your body and brain. For most adults, that sweet spot is 7 to 8 hours of sleep. But when you're a new mom, those nighttime feedings and constant tiny cries of your newborn become fuel thieves, leaving you running on fumes.

Sleep deprivation is simply not getting enough quality sleep. Lack of sleep usually leaves new moms feeling constantly worn out and tired, making it hard to get through the day. It’s also the reason for frequent mood swings, crankiness, and impatience, especially with your baby's frequent night wakings. This period of sleep deprivation in new parents messes with your memory, focus, and decision-making, turning everyday tasks into mental marathons. 

If you’re wondering how long sleepless nights last with a newborn, the good news is that it’s not forever! There are various ways you can do to regain control of your sleep and sanity with the help of Baby Company.

Coping with Newborn Sleep Deprivation

Here are some practical coping strategies on how to survive newborn sleep deprivation and find balance amidst sleepless nights.

1. Create a soothing bedtime ritual for your baby

Implement a newborn sleep schedule or routine for your baby before sleep, such as a warm bath, gentle massage, or lullabies. You can also use sleep training techniques for a peaceful slumber like using a sleep soother, a baby swaddle, or investing in comfy crib beddings for your little one. 

Summer Swaddleme Graphic Jungle.

2. Establish a bedtime routine for you

A consistent routine before bed signals your body that it's time to unwind after a whole day of taking care of your baby. Read a book, meditate, take a warm bath, or practice relaxation exercises. These activities can help calm your mind and prepare your body for sleep.

You can also add some soothing postpartum essentials to your bedtime routine. Use breast therapy pads for breastfeeding relief and nipple cream to heal sore nipples after a day of nursing your baby. All these mom essentials and postpartum recovery products are available at Baby Company. 

Lansinoh Thera Pearl 3-in-1 Hot or Cold Breast Therapy

3. Take naps when you can

Napping during the day can help reduce fatigue and increase alertness. Prioritize naps when your baby sleeps, even if it's just for 20 minutes to avoid disrupting your nighttime sleep. You'll wake up feeling better and ready for baby duty. 

4. Create a sleep-inducing environment

Make your bedroom a sleep haven by keeping it cool, dark, and quiet. Invest in comfortable bedding and a supportive mattress that suits your preferences. 

For breastfeeding moms, nursing pillows can be absolute lifesavers. Baby Company has a collection of comfy pregnancy pillows that provide support for your postpartum body when nursing your baby and even during your nap times.

Bloom Maternity Cuddle Pillow with Case

In addition to nursing pillows, plushies can also provide comfort and relaxation. These cute and cuddly toys are not just for babies but can also give comfort to moms. Having a soft and huggable companion can help you feel more relaxed and ease your mind before going to bed. Check out Baby Company’s collection of adorable plushies that can be a great addition to your sleep-inducing environment.

Baby Company Long-Legged Bunny Plush Toy - Gray

5. Delegate baby care tasks

Baby sleep care isn’t a job for only one person. If you have a partner available for baby duties, delegate them to baby care responsibilities like soothing the little one to sleep or nighttime feeding. This technique ensures that both of you can get enough rest in between baby duties

6. Prepare your postpartum sleep plan

If you're breastfeeding, consider breastfeeding before bed. Offer one breast while your baby is still drowsy, maximizing their sleep and boosting your milk supply for the next nighttime wakings. 

You can also set a specific breast pumping time and duration, so you have more control over your sleep schedule. Use your handy breast pump before bed and store the milk in storage bottles. This way, you can catch uninterrupted sleep until your next scheduled feeding. Baby Company offers a range of breastfeeding pumps and supplies that can help promote better sleep for everyone.

Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump Rechargeable

The Takeaway

As a new mom facing sleep deprivation, it's important to remain hopeful and resilient. Remember, this phase is temporary, and you have the strength within you to overcome any challenge that comes your way. Take it one day at a time, practice self-care, and surround yourself with a supportive network. You are not alone on this journey.

For more tips and support, visit the Baby Company online or drop by the nearest Baby Company store to explore our range of products designed to make your life easier during this phase of motherhood.

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