Go the F* to Sleep by Adam Mansbach – If you haven’t read it or even heard of it, get on that. My sister bought it for me before Charlotte was even born and it’s hilarious. Now, even though some of us would not admit to thinking something, let alone saying something like that about our little darling, get real.
https://youtu.be/U08XWOx3XYM – Go the F* to sleep by Jenifer Garner Video
One of the hardest parts of having a newborn is the sleep, or lack thereof. You go from sleeping 8 blissful hours to waking every hour to a fussy baby. My first night with Charlotte was one of the hardest nights of my life. After being in labor for 29 hours, I was beyond tired and all I wanted to do was sleep. Charlotte had other plans and so did the nurses. When you are in hospital, the nurses come in hourly to poke and prod you (take your blood pressure, temperature, ask you questions, etc.) and if they aren’t poking you, they are doing something to the baby who has just fallen asleep. I felt like saying, “Don’t wake me just stick whatever it is, wherever you want to stick it!”
When you get home, the first few
nights weeks you will shed some tears. I promise you though, it does get better. Get your baby into a routine right away and try to stick to it as much as you can.
Charlotte’s routine is as follows:
7pm – Give baby a bath (I bathe her every other day unless she had a stinky day* )
*Stinky day – Poop or pee gets on the baby’s body somewhere other than the normal area. Ex: An explosion of poop escapes the diaper and up the baby’s back.
8pm – Cuddles in a low lit room. We usually cuddle on the couch or in the bed.
10pm – Feed. I usually give her a bottle over breast as she tends to sleep longer. I give her some time to poop as she is pretty regular and change her diaper before putting her down in her bassinet.
3ish-am – Feed. I breast feed in the night and only change her diaper if she is really wet or pooped. Otherwise I let her fall asleep on me and then transfer to bassinet.
Side Note: If you are not a heavy sleeper and can trust yourself to not fall asleep and roll on baby, I recommend trying a feeding laying down. I put Charlotte on my stomach (as shown in the first picture) the day after she was born and she was able to crawl/scoot by herself and find the nipple. It is pretty amazing what babies are capable of instinctively. I use the second position more often, I find it useful to use a small towel to prop their head up to the level of the nipple.
7-8am – Wake up! Unless we did not stick to the above routine, I get both myself and her up for the day at around 8am.
Now obviously, the above routine did not happen right away but she is now 7 weeks old and has kept to the routine for a full week!
Feel free to comment on my post and/or add in your own experience including what worked for you.