Let us face it. No one likes to be awakened in the middle of the night, because sleep is an integral part of our biological make-up. We enjoy it, and our bodies need it.
As a parent with a new baby, you invest all your time and energy into your tiny little human. Parenthood is extremely rewarding, but it is exhausting, too. Throughout your entire pregnancy, people constantly told you that you would get very little sleep once the baby arrived. You listened, but experiencing sleep deprivation is very different than being told about it.
It is 12:01 A.M., and you just fed your baby and got him to sleep. You hold him until you are confident that he is sleeping soundly, then you gently place him in his crib. (Maybe you even bought the crib that plays soothing music and gently vibrates and guarantees to keep him sleeping throughout the night!) You tiptoe over to your bed, pull back your blankets, and climb underneath.
At 12:40 A.M. you are awakened by the sound of a very unhappy baby. (“But I just fed you and made sure you were dry!”) So you have to do it all over again, all while desperate for sleep.
Sleep deprivation breeds an onslaught of different emotions, especially irritation. Even if you are not intentionally sending negative energy to your baby, he senses it. Consequently, mommy crying and being at her wit’s end causes baby to be dissatisfied–even if he is fed, burped, and dry.
Lancaster Doulas LLC will help you get a good night’s rest with overnight postpartum support. No more nights of waking up in one- and two-hour intervals. No more arguing with your spouse about how you got up eight times last night, while he only got up once. No more being at your wit’s end.
You can get eight (and more) hours of sleep. Your body’s needs will be attended to, as well as the needs of your baby. And those dishes you meant to get to earlier? We have it covered!
Author: Atarah Golden
Lancaster Doulas proudly offers sleep solutions to exhausted parents in Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Schuykill and York Counites