If you’re a new parent and you and your partner are having difficulty sleeping through the night with your newborn, you’re definitely not alone. In fact, it’s become a bit of a cliché with new parents who are sleep-deprived amid the joys of having a new baby. But while it may already be a ‘standard’ it doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it, especially if your baby has already established some kind of pattern with their sleep. If they are already at that point where they have a routine and you’re still having trouble sleeping well, there are some things you can do to sleep through the night. Even if you have to tend to your baby at certain times, it doesn’t have to be such a challenge to wake up refreshed. Here are some top ways for new parents to sleep through the night – and sleep better as well.
Make sure baby is comfortable
Of course, as a parent, you always want to make sure baby is comfortable before you can sleep well yourself, and to ensure their comfort, check their clothing and blankets, and make sure they are well-covered in their sleep, especially if it’s cold. It doesn’t hurt to use comfortable and luxurious linen as well, like we have in our newborn baby gifts collection that feature cashmere cardigans, Merino wool baby blankets, and cashmere baby blankets for baby’s ultimate comfort.
Do away with the monitor
Baby monitors have their definitive use, and they are great if you are not with your baby and would still like to make sure that they are completely safe and fine. It is, however, highly unlikely for you to not hear your baby once they begin crying, as they may just be a few feet away from your bedroom. In many cases, babies will begin crying while they are sleeping, and this often dies down after a minute or two. If you can, simply wait for a few minutes and see if the crying starts again – and then get up from bed. If you cannot do away with the baby monitor just yet, there's another solution – just place it on the floor next to your bed so that the light from the monitor doesn't interrupt your sleep, and turn down the volume.
Develop your own bedtime routine
Once baby establishes a routine for sleep, it's tempting for new parents to enjoy their 'freedom' and stay up late. But if you are sleep-deprived, it may be wiser to set your own bedtime routine as well so you can catch up on your sleep. You can decide on a good time to go to bed, but make sure it falls between 8 to 10 hours of restful sleep. Think also about the usual time baby wakes up, so if they wake up early, then make your bedtime early, too.
Get in sleep mode
You can also get in sleep mode by doing away with certain gadgets an hour before you're set to sleep. For instance, you can turn off the television and set your electronic gadgets (including your smartphone) aside once you are getting ready for bed. Avoid artificial lighting as well, and you may want to wrap light bulbs in yellow, orange, or red fabric to create a soothing glow if you don’t want to sleep with all the lights turned off.