Surviving the First Weeks
If you really can't sleep, take the time to rest by reading a book, having a warm drink, or enjoying the peace and quiet.
Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps
You really do need to sleep when your baby sleeps. There may be a million other things you think you need to do but unless you give your body the time to recover from birth and adjust to the broken sleep, you will hit a wall sooner or later. Get help with the housework, whether this is a paid cleaner, your partner, or friends and family. If you really can't sleep, take the time to rest by reading a book, having a warm drink, or enjoying the peace and quiet.
Don't Get Overwhelmed by Visitors
If you find you are entertaining a constant stream of visitors, let people know that you need to rest and prioritize who you would like to visit and when. It may be very important that your grandmother sees her first great-grandchild, but you don't need to open your door to every acquaintance who wants to see the baby. A phone call or email letting people know when you are able to see them should eliminate most surprise guests.
Bringing home a new baby can be daunting, but with a little forward planning you can eliminate the everyday stresses and ensure you get the rest you need. This will enable you to meet the needs of your new baby and cope with the demands of motherhood.