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New parents sleep!

Sleep deprivation when you have a newborn baby is inevitable. For quite some time, newborns need to feed around every couple of hours. This means that parents sleep is broken at best. Although sleep deprivation is highly predictable in the postpartum period, I didn’t really get information as to how to best manage it. I was told “sleep when your baby sleeps” and that was it.

This article from the New York Times gives some pointers. I would add that sometimes the only solution to get some sleep back is for someone else to take over.

Call in someone who can do 2 or 3 nights for you. Your helper would sleep in the same room as your baby whilst you sleep elsewhere and try to bank as many hours of sleep as possible. If you breastfeed exclusively or mix feed, your helper would do everything except the actual feed. They would wake when baby cries, do the nappy change, the winding and put baby back to sleep. You would only do the actual feed and hand baby over as soon as she’s finished. If you exclusively formula feed, your helper would do everything, including the feed.

The key to better sleep when you have a new baby

Preparing for baby? Organise a meal train!

What is a meal train?  

It is the idea of rallying together to temporarily support someone by bringing them meals at home. In my view, it is an ideal gift for new parents. The first few months after birth are labour intensive and removing meal preparations out of the day can be a huge help. 

You could ask a close relative or friend to set it up and manage it for you. The digital platform makes it easy to plan who is volunteering and when. It might be particularly useful if your baby comes early or if your own preparations don’t prove to be enough.

Find out more in this article:

https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-a-meal-train-265095

Thank you

This is a post to thank all the organisations and websites who helped me gather information to write Preparing to give birth for the first time.

All the references and links I mention in the book can be found here.

Thank you…

Mumsnet

Netmums

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy

GOV.UK

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Birthrights

Which?

NHS Choices

Stripey Stork

Cochrane Library

TAMBA

Wiley online library

Babycentre UK

UK Fed is best

Twins UK

Bliss

Care Quality Commission

Royal College of Midwives

Patient

Group B Strep Support

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Mind

PANDAS Foundation

Maternal OCD

Bipolar UK

The Miscarriage Association

Tommy’s

Action on Pre-eclampsia

Refuge

Women’s Aid

Broken Rainbow UK

SANDS

Child bereavement UK

NPEU

Samaritans UK

Rethink Mental Illness

PLOS

The Little Heartbeats

www.doula.org.uk

IMUK

www.privatepregnancy.co.uk

Birthmark Support Group

Lullaby Trust

Parent-infant sleep lab at Durham University

Cry-sis

The Breastfeeding Network

La Leche League

NCT

Go real

Bum deal

www.zerotothree.org

Action on Postpartum Psychosis

MASIC Foundation

Bladder and Bowel UK

Birth Trauma Association

Birth Tear Support

4th Degree Tear Support Group Facebook group

Living with Obstetric Fistula Facebook group

NCBI

Unfold your wings Emma Jane Sasuru

PND and me Rosey Adams

Reaching Out Positive Motivation Hope Mark Williams

PND Daddy Tony

Dads in Mind