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Bringing Baby Home, Your Baby’s First 30 Days - Sleeping


Sleeping:

If your infant isn't eating, he's probably sleeping. Newborns log as many as 16 hours of sleep a day but only in short bursts. The result: You'll feel on constant alert and more exhausted than you ever thought possible. Even the best of us can come to resent the severe sleep deprivation.


Stop obsessing about being tired: There's only one goal right now 'Care for your baby.' "You're not going to get a full night's sleep, so you can either be tired and angry or just tired," says Vicki Lansky, author of Getting Your Child to Sleep...and Back to Sleep (Book Peddlers). "Just tired is easier."


Take shifts: One night it's Mom's turn to rock the cranky baby, the next it's Dad's turn. Amy Reichardt and her husband, Richard, parents in Denver, worked out a system for the weekends, when Richard was off from work. "I'd be up with the baby at night but got to sleep in. Richard did all the morning care, then got to nap later."


The old adage "Sleep when your baby sleeps" really is the best advice "Take naps together and go to bed early," says Sarah Clark, a mom in Washington, D.C.


What if your infant has trouble sleeping? Do whatever it takes: Nurse or rock baby to sleep; let your newborn fall asleep on your chest or in the car seat. "Don't worry about bad habits yet. It's about survival -- yours!" says Jean Farnham, a Los Angeles mom.


Snippet from: Your Newborn: 30 tips for the first 30 days (Copyright © 2018 Parents.com)