For any prospective mom or dad out there we’ve got some (even more) daunting news; the anecdotes you hear about sleepless nights are not urban myths. Like it or not, during those first few months, tiredness will gain a new definition.
Unfortunately, there just aren’t any quick-fire tips that are going to make life much easier and less tiring for you. Life with a new-born will exhaust you and while you can adopt certain approaches, such as sharing the wake-ups in shifts if your feeding method allows, it’s still not going to make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things.
Therefore, it’s all about doing the best you can to maximize the amount of good, quality sleep that your body receives. In the few hours where your little one does take forty winks, it’s important to ensure you do the same. As scientists have proven on countless occasions, one definite way to achieve this is by enclosing your room in complete darkness.
First and foremost, this isn’t a tip that is just going to benefit you. After all, most babies will sleep in their parents’ room for the first few months at least – meaning that the optimum sleeping environment is absolutely essential for everyone involved.
One of the best ways to promote this is via a window treatment. The blackout blind is arguably the new parents’ best friend and while it is never going to buy you 12-hours of undisturbed sleep, it will minimize the chances of unexpected disturbances and should allow both you and your little one to gain as much sleep as a feeding schedule will dictate. As the name suggests, it shuns out all natural light and creates that magic sleep haven that we all dream about.
While keeping out the light is probably the best tip that you can follow, there are further suggestions.
Already, you’ve probably been told the importance of regulating temperature in your little one’s room – to help guard against SIDS. It’s certainly a scary topic and if your little one is born in an extreme of temperature, where the natural heat or overdressing could occur, the issue is even more significant.
This is where pleated blinds can enter the picture. In short, these are designed to insulate rooms – from both a hot and cold perspective – depending on the type of environment you reside in. In other words, if it’s winter, you can lock the heat into the room and if it’s summer, you can prevent it entering. It just makes temperature control that little bit easier and helps remove another worry from your mind.
In summary, creating the perfect sleeping environment for you and your little one doesn’t have to be as hard as the experts may tell you. They are certainly right when it comes to the minimal sleep that your body will have to get used to, but you can manage the situation somewhat if you tailor the light and room temperature accordingly.