Top 10 Tips for Surviving the Sleepless First Year
The first year of your child's life is certainly a roller coaster of emotions. Excitement. Exhilaration. Love. Frustration. Fatigue. Exhaustion. Here are ten tips from moms in the trenches, for surviving that first year of sleepless nights.
Coffee and lots of it.
Take naps, but avoid napping in the early evening so you do not have a difficult time falling asleep at night.
Rotate who gets up for feedings alternate so you both get a few hours of sleep blocked together. Unless of course you are breastfeeding and then it's just mom all night and all day. If that's you, here are some tips for surviving cluster feeding.
Accept any and all help that is offered to you.
Drink lots of water and eat a well-balanced diet. This will give you more energy and keep your immune system strong.
According to Denise Stern of Let Mommy Sleep, Washington, D.C., regular exercise releases endorphins, increases healthy energy levels, and lowers the risk of mood swings. Even if you are too tired, gentle exercise during the day, such as walking or yoga, can increase sleep.
Don't feel guilty about saying no to unnecessary commitments that take time away from taking care of yourself.
Eat small, healthy snacks throughout the day.
Embrace the zombie-like way of life. This too shall pass, I think. My boys are 6, 4, and nearly 2 and I still am sleep deprived.
What tips do you have for tired moms who are trying to survive the first sleepless year?