Coping with Sleep Deprivation as a New Parent

Becoming a new parent is challenging, one of the challenges is baby sleep deprivation.

There really is no such thing as a “good sleeper” when it comes to newborn babies. This is because babies sleep in spurts and don’t sleep through the night for the first 3-4 months, as they need to feed every few hours. When you throw in nappy changes and unexpected bouts of fussiness, new parents have to inevitably deal with the brunt of sleep deprivation as they care for their new baby. But sleep deprivation isn’t just a minor inconvenience—it can negatively affect our cognitive function and impair judgment, making us more accident-prone. Luckily, there are a few ways to plan head to manage sleep deprivation as best as possible.

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Have a safe sleep plan in place

Since fatigue can cause dozing-off in places that can put baby at risk, initiate a safe baby sleep plan before your little one arrives.
This could mean taking turns with your partner getting up, or your partner taking baby once you’ve nursed so that you don’t risk falling asleep while holding baby.
Or perhaps set an alarm that will wake you in case you fall asleep while nursing. Whatever your safe sleep plan may be, have the rules laid out instead of making them up as you go along.

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Create a bedtime routine for everyone

Bedtime routines not only let baby wind down and signal that it’s time for bed, but they can do the same for you too. Drink a warm cup of tea, take a bath, read a few pages of a book…and be sure to turn off electronics at least 1 to 2 hours before bedtime. The first sleep is typically the longest stretch of the night, so wind down quickly to make the most of that time.

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A baby bedside cot can make night feedings much easier

Beside cots offer a way for baby to sleep safely and closely to you near your bed. The HALO® BassiNest® swivel sleeper is the only bedside cot with 360° swivel to bring baby closest to you in bed. Designed with mothers in mind, the patented lowering bedside wall makes it easier to care for baby from bed, especially for breastfeeding and C-section moms. Plus, the Soothing Center includes calming sounds and gentle vibrations to create a peaceful environment for your little one to rest safely and comfortably at your side.

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Create a sleepy environment

Since adhering to a strict schedule is next to impossible, incorporating tools to make the most of precious sleep windows are key. A baby swaddle helps infant sleep by mimicking the snug comfort of mum’s womb; it also keeps them from waking up from jerky arm and leg motions known as “Moro” reflex or “startle reflex”. The HALO® SleepSack® swaddle easily adjusts to fit baby’s sleep style: arms in, hands-to-face, or one or both arms out. Additionally, sleep aids like a white noise machine or calming music phone apps can help you take advantage of much needed nap times.

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Don’t forget to prioritise your own sleep

Sometimes as parents we might let worry overcome us during our precious sleeping time. But believe it or not, getting enough sleep is actually one of the best things we can do to provide for your baby. When we’re well-rested, we are able to provide the best care possible by preventing fatigue, which can cause impaired judgement. By using safe sleep products and creating a safe sleep environment, you’ll be able rest peacefully.