A New Mom’s Quest for Rest!
Note: A great guest post from another member of the Carousel Designs family, Leah Sicat!
I’m 11 weeks into this journey (for the second time). And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that each baby is different…especially when it comes to sleep patterns.
I have to admit, I was a bit spoiled by my first child – she began consistently sleeping nine hours through the night when she was only two months old.
I knew I was lucky then. My good fortune was frequently confirmed by other new moms who responded with envy when they heard how blissfully restful our evenings were!
So naturally I assumed that my son would naturally follow his older sister’s example when it came to giving mommy a break (and a good night’s rest).
Not so much.
Needless to say, this little man is on his own schedule! At 7-8 weeks, I truly believed I had him on a nighttime sleep schedule that was manageable for all of us. One or two middle-of-the-night feedings…yeah, I thought, I can handle that.
Then wouldn’t you know it, just when I started to gain confidence that we were on our way to a full night’s sleep, he switched it up on me and started waking four or five times a night again. Now, it certainly could have been due to a growth spurt, but come on…don’t toy with me like that!
The good news is that we seem to back to a manageable nighttime schedule, and for this I’m grateful, especially with my return to work looming.
There are tons of books and other resources out there with helpful tips on how to achieve good, healthy sleep patterns for your new baby. I thought I’d share a few tips that I think make good sense.
According to BabyCenter.com, you should:
1) Learn the signs that mean your baby’s tired;
2) Teach him the difference between day and night;
3) Start a bedtime routine; and
4) Give him a chance to fall asleep on his own.
Check out the full article from BabyCenter here.
I’m certainly no expert when it comes to newborns, but after going through this a couple times, I’ve come to realize that it’s best to just relax and enjoy the ride. I don’t want to get too hung up on each development, or try to rush any of the experiences – even the difficult ones.
So although I may be sleep-deprived now, I know this phase will pass quickly. For now, I will just focus on enjoying my snuggly, cuddly bundle of boy – even at 3 am!!