How new Mothers can Cope with Sleep Deprivation

The joy of a new mother often transforms into exhaustion within a few days after the birth. The baby’s need to be fed every couple of hours, both day and night, along with attempting to maintain a bit of a normal life can be both tiring and even frustrating. So how is a new mother to deal with this sleep deprivation without completely losing her sanity?

Get help

While most women think they are “super-moms” and can easily take care of their own child, they often find out it is harder than they think. Instead of trying to bear the burden alone, attempt to enlist help from a significant other, friends, or family. If you do not want others feeding and caring for your child, at least let others help out with dishes, laundry, and other household chores.

Sleep when the baby sleeps

You might find many people will give you this advice. While it is not always possible to nap while the baby naps, it is worthy of an attempt at times. As soon as you lay your little one in their bed, crawl into your own. Even if it is only a twenty minute power nap, it will refresh you enough to continue to care for your child.

Consider co-sleeping

While experts claim a mother should never fall asleep with their child in their bed, co-sleepers such as the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper allows for the child to lay in a safe crib while next to you. Many breastfeeding moms have found that these bedside cribs allow them to feed the baby without even getting up. This of course enables more time for resting and normally enables the baby to go right back to sleep after feeding.

Be willing to take a time-out

All new mothers will have a point in time where they are completely worn out. Perhaps you have been awake for nearly forty-eight hours and the baby is crying non-stop. This is when it sometimes becomes a bit of a danger for the infant as the mother is not thinking clearly.

Shaken Baby Syndrome often results from overly exhausted, overly frustrated, parents. If you ever feel that you are “losing your mind” immediately find someone to help you. If you cannot find someone quickly, put your child in a safe place (such as their crib) and walk away for a few minutes. If the cries frustrate you further, consider listening to music or doing something else to distract you.

Of course, never stay away from your child for an extended period of time, but don’t feel bad about walking away from them for five minutes to allow yourself time to pull yourself together.