Are you a new parent? Check out our Sleep Tips!
Sleep deprivation is not fun when you are a new parent. It’s 2am and the baby is crying; it’s hard to imagine things will ever improve and you will ever sleep a whole 8 hours again. Although life with a newborn is full-on round the clock, don’t lose hope, we have a couple of sleep tips for new parents that we think could help…
Early to bed
I’m sure you have heard the advice, “when they are sleeping, so should you”, but when the house is in disarray and you quickly forget the last time you had a shower or an hour to yourself, a nap can quickly get put on the back burner. Put that mobile on silent and forget about the dishes, it can wait. The NHS recommends newborns should have a minimum of 8 hours of daytime sleep until they are 3 months old, so don’t feel guilty for the odd hour or three.
Midnight power snack
Night feeds can be tough on new parents, so why not prep some handy snacks. Water to stay hydrated, as well as some of your favourite treats can help get you through. Make sure they are not too sweet, as this might keep you from going back to sleep at night. Our top favourites, some fruit, crackers and peanut butter or yoghurt will work a treat! Check out Tesco’s snack ideas for new mums and dads here.
Keep to a routine
Your baby will have a natural routine, of waking, sleeping and needing to be fed. But you can always adjust this routine to suit your family’s needs. For example, the NHS say that it is OK to wake your baby for a feed just before you go to sleep, in hope that you can have a longer rest before the next wake up call. Bathtime can be a good way to relax your newborn in preparation for bedtime, a bathtime essential such as the Groswaddledry can help soothe your baby. It is a swaddle shaped towel specifically designed to recreate the soothing effects of swaddling after bathtime.
Newborns love white noise; it’s an incredibly effective sleep aid for babies which help to replicate the sound they are used to in the womb. White noise is a special type of sound signal which is used to mask background sounds.
Many articles on white noise reference The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp. His book is based on his theory of the calming reflex, which by following his 5 S’s sends a baby from ‘crying to content in a matter of seconds’. The second S is for shush, Harvey argues that hoovers and others sounds often fail because they lack ‘the womb’s rumbly quality’, instead ‘the best way to imitate these magic sounds is white noise’.
The Grofriends light and sound toys, have a very clever CrySensor. This means when your newborn stirs in the night, Ollie the Owl or Percy the Penguin will wake too and play your baby white noise or lullaby back to sleep. This can help mums and dads get more sleep as the Grofriend will soothe your baby back to sleep for you.