Now don’t get me wrong… I am not promoting some magic formula to getting a “normal” night’s sleep when you have a baby, because that just wont happen for 95% of us! However, I have figured out a few secrets that seem to be working fairly well for getting a better night’s sleep – or at least resting assured that my baby is alive and well!
My first two tips are fairly practical, and have been lifesavers for the initial going-down-to-bed. At 3 weeks, I decided to introduce a bottle into the mix (insert shocked face here… but don’t fret all you hot topic enthusiasts, it at least is pumped breastmilk!). I did this for multiple reasons – not the least of which was being able to go out for a date night with my hubby and leave the babe with grandma – but mostly because I was given the advice by a close friend of mine that if you can ensure your baby is getting a good, full feed right before bed, he/she may tend to sleep for a longer stretch because they are nice and full rather than only partially satisfied. So this, combined with tip #2, which is to warm up the bassinet with a heating pad prior to putting baby in, have helped IMMENSELY with the bedtime routine.
But what about the rest of the night? I found that as a first-time mom, it was really difficult to sleep soundly with all of the things that could possibly cause SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). In that first week, I was waking up constantly just to check on my little guy, worried that he might randomly stop breathing! Enter the Owlet Smart Sock 2: a small device you wrap around your baby’s foot to help track heart rate and oxygen levels. The Smart Sock 2 is the most updated version of the Smart Sock available currently and is definitely a lifesaver when it comes to getting some of that much needed sleep! It can be purchased here. (It is important to note that because the cause of SIDS is unknown, Owlet cannot and does not claim to prevent SIDS, but it does provide peace of mind and insights about your little one, which does help me sleep better!)
In the box, you receive 3 socks to accommodate your growing babe, the sensor that goes inside the sock, and the base station and charger cables. Owlet has also developed an app that you can download on your phone, which acts as a monitor in addition to the base station (which lights up green when all is well, and changes to yellow or red to notify you of changes). I love the app because I can actually see Mason’s heart rate and oxygen levels at any time, and know that it will also notify me if his heart rate or oxygen level falls outside of the preset zone. Plus, it gives you great tips about your baby’s sleep.
I hope these tips help any new mama’s out there who are struggling with sleep deprivation… Because it can definitely be one of the hardest things about having a baby – I know it has been for me! And if you have any other tips, please feel free to share in the comments.. Goodness knows we can all use the extra help! 🙂
*This post was sponsored by Owlet, however as always, all opinions are my own*