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Is your newborn keeping you awake at night? Learn how to cope with these simple steps.

Description: It’s a fact of life hat sleepless babies mean sleepless parents.

It’s a fact of life hat sleepless babies mean sleepless parents.

It’s a fact of life hat sleepless babies mean sleepless parents. One of the biggest challenges fro you and your spouse when caring for your new baby is learning to cope with the lack of sleep, especially in the first four months when it’s too soon to sleep-train her.

Your husband complains that he struggles to focus at work, and even though you’re on maternity leave, you’re also exhausted at home. You’re both cranky, and this is affecting your relationship. It’s time to regain control of your lives.

Split the work: There’s no need for the two of you to get up during the night to feed or settle your newborn. Set up a simple schedule so that both of you will get adequate rest. Even if you’re breastfeeding, you’ll probably be able to express milk so that Hubby can give the baby a bottle feed during the night.

Accept help from relatives or friends who offer to look after your baby for a new hours. A good babysitter can also serve the same purpose. But if the grandparents offer to take her for an overnight stay, take advantage of such an opportunity. Having some time to yourself helps lower your stress levels and you’ll feel more energized afterwards. Even if you can't sleep during these brief times when she’s in someone else’s care, the rest and relaxation will do you good.

Description: Accept help from relatives or friends who offer to look after your baby for a new hours.

Accept help from relatives or friends who offer to look after your baby for a new hours.

Get forty winks before your delightful little baby arrived, both of you probably had a fixed sleeping pattern. In the meantime, to compensate physically for these disturbed nights, take short naps – even if you only shut your eyes for five minutes – whenever you can. Instead of rushing around to complete household chores the moment your baby nods off during the day, put your feet up and try to nap yourself. You’ll be amazed at how a short nap can revive you.

Prioritize when it comes to routine jobs around the house, cut down on all unnecessary tasks. Those sleepless nights with your new baby mean that you’ll have less ability to concentrate on daily activities and less energy to complete routine cleaning. So just give some of them a miss – they can wait until tomorrow or even be omitted altogether. For instance, you’ll both survive if the dining room isn’t dusted every week!

Description: Get forty winks before your delightful little baby arrived, both of you probably had a fixed sleeping pattern.

Get forty winks before your delightful little baby arrived, both of you probably had a fixed sleeping pattern.

Take it in stride: bear in mind that no matter how stressed you and your spouse feel about the lack of sleep at the moment, this phase is only temporary. Be positive and look forward to the more restful months ahead. Rest assured that your baby’s sleep patterns will gradually improve over the next few months, and your life will steadily return to normal.

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