Surviving the first 4 to 6 weeks with a newborn baby

September 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I have the privilege of talking to lots of new mums and dads as well as having survived 6 children of my own.  The prevailing view that I have formed during this time is that there is a lot of places that you can get advice from and there are a lot of places that give you advice even if you don't want it. The advice given is invariably different even though the problem is the same. Well if that isn't enough here goes my two pence worth.

"Do whatever is needed, so that you get through the day."

If this is having baby lay on your chest for a sleep while you have a break and watch a bit of TV, if this is rocking baby to sleep in your arms so they settle better, if this is putting them in the car seat and driving around the block then so be it.  As long as it gets you through the day.  There will be plenty of time in the months and years to come to get into routines and schedules.  One other bit of general advice would be:

"Don't waste any opportunity to get some sleep". 

Most things are far easier to cope with when you are not tired/exhausted.  Be prepared to nap as soon as the opportunity arises, get a room with some blackout blinds, or thick curtains so you can nap easier in the day. Sleep when baby sleeps. Take whatever offers you get for a baby sitter, even if it is for half an hour.  A 30 minute soak in the bath knowing that if baby wakes you will not have to jump out makes all the difference.

If only we could sleep as soundly!

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