When I first brought my daughter home from the hospital my main concern was getting breastfeeding down pat and sleep came in second.
At first, she wouldn’t sleep in her bassinet because it was too flat and much too big for her. So she slept in her swing sitting beside our bed… Yeah, I know now how bad that is so I definitely do not recommend it.
Eventually we got her to sleep in her bassinet but it took some time and a little research. Here are five things I did to help my daughter.
- A sound machine- she went from listening to my insides to being in the big wide open world. The sound machine helped her relax.
- A night light- for night time feeds it’s best to keep the room as dark as possible so the body knows it’s still night.
- A wedge- for my daughter, we found she couldn’t lay flat because she would get reflux. The wedge went under her bassinet mattress and kept her inclined enough to prevent discomfort.
- Dark sleeping environment- babies need it super dark to sleep well.
- Practice and routine- it took us some time to get her to sleep in her bassinet because she wasn’t used to it. We practiced consistently getting her to sleep in it. Little by little she began to sleep longer and longer in it. Routine was also really important. It let her body know that sleep time was coming.
It wasn’t always like this. Once, not that long ago, you were able to keep up with the chores and it was no big deal.
There are a number of things I do to manage my stress. I’ve found some tricks thats really help make life with littles easier (I’ll share those later this week!) But when it really comes down to it, taking time to focus my thoughts helps most in the heat of the moment.
We’re in this together, mama! Let’s help each other out!