“Your sleep cycles are getting seriously messed with by the erratic sleep patterns of a newborn baby. The last thing you need to be worrying about is catching up to the rest of the world.”

This is one of those golden rules that every baby book insists: when your baby is napping, momma should nap too. Unfortunately most new moms have their own ideas about how this time should be used.  There is an endless list of to do’s that is begging to be checked off. There are emails and phone calls to be returned. There is a pull from the outside world that calls us to reengage and reconnect. The problem is, when you are functioning on limited sleep and numerous wakes ups throughout the night from a nursing baby, you are already running on empty.

Your sleep cycles are getting seriously messed with by the erratic sleep patterns of a newborn baby. The last thing you need to be worrying about is catching up to the rest of the world. Obviously, there are circumstances when work calls or other children must take priority but the advice stands true; if and when you can, take a nap.  

There are few things that can make us feel more crazy, more completely not ourselves than inadequate sleep. We can survive for a while without food, a little while without water, but lack of sleep will end us.  As new mothers, we are already contending with raging hormones, a new little life to care for and a body that may feel unrecognizable.  Top this off with sleep deprivation and you’ve got a special cocktail of crazy.  Give yourself a break!  Take a nap!

Believing you deserve it sometimes is half the battle. Remember, this time when you’re baby is so young is a short time in the big picture. If you are fortunate enough to have a maternity leave from work or be a stay at home mom for a while, give yourself a break. The first months of infancy are a kind of hibernation time for both the child and mother and for the family to fully bond.  Allow yourself the luxury of lowering the shades, turning off the phone and getting some much needed rest while baby sleeps. You will feel not only more in synch with your baby, but more happy and balanced overall.

 

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