National Napping Day – 5 Naptime Hacks for New Moms
March 13, 2017
Did you know that National Napping Day is a thing? I, for one, am thrilled. (Now, if only my children would cooperate.) I remember those first days of having a newborn and not getting a lot of sleep. So today, in honor of National Napping Day, I’m sharing five naptime hacks for new moms. Here’s to getting a little more sleep!
1. Delegate chores and other household tasks.
After my first child was born, I remember feeling like I needed to get back into my old routine ASAP. I felt like I should be cleaning or doing laundry or checking in with work emails (despite being on maternity leave) when I had a free minute. Not the best plan for a sleep-deprived mama. I had so many resources to draw from that I learned to delegate these duties to willing family members and friends. That way, I could focus on the baby, and also free up time to nap.
2. Avoid excessive caffeine.
As someone who heavily relies on caffeine, I know this one can be difficult to implement. However, excessive caffeine intake can mask your need for sleep and actually inhibit you from falling asleep when you finally have a minute to do so. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that nursing moms limit their intake to equate to about one cup of coffee per day since it can affect your baby.
3. Pump, pump, pump.
If you’re exclusively breastfeeding, you can pump your milk so that you can sleep during times that baby needs to eat. If your spouse is home during a feeding, let him feed the baby while you take a power nap. (This is also a great idea for nighttime feedings. Switch off so that you can get better, longer stretches of sleep.)
4. Don’t try to be the perfect host.
If family or close friends are visiting, don’t feel like you need to be the perfect host. Instead, ask if they wouldn’t mind watching the baby while you take a little power nap. That way, your visitors get some good newborn snuggling time, and you get a rest. It’s a win-win.
5. Nap when baby naps.
When I was a new mom, I received this advice a lot, and at first I didn’t take it. But seriously, the chores and everything else can wait. Don’t be afraid to sleep during naptime, even if it’s only for part of your baby’s nap. Remember, your body and mind need to recover from your baby’s birth, and sleep is so restorative. Silence your phone and sleep… or, at the very least, lie down and put your feet up.
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