Getting Some Rest With A Newborn post is in collaboration with Arm’s Reach. I received product in exchange for my thoughts.
It’s day 13 with our newborn and I am actually getting some rest and rocking this postpartum life. We have had our bedroom prepped for Miesha’s arrival for months. I spent the second trimester dreaming up how we would fit a newborn into our lives. Where would she sleep, where would I change her diapers, what about getting her dressed? Would I need to run back and forth to the nursery a million times a day? For us it made sense to have our newborn in our room with us during the first few months. We couldn’t imagine having to go up and down those stairs to get to the nursery. The Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper® Mini Ezee™ 2 in 1 conveniently fits in small spaces and connects to our bed or can be used as a stand alone bassinet. It is setup on my side of the room, my husband brought in our glider and I even added storage bins to keep her necessities close by.
I vaguely remember the zombie mode of late night nursing with the boys. My eyes glazed over, pained breasts as I shuffled over to their crib in the dark. I ended up sleeping in the nursery when Brody was born, because I was to exhausted to go up and down those stairs with all of his cluster feedings and getting some rest with a newborn seemed impossible.
There has been nothing more comforting than having Miesha in our room safely sleeping next to my bed. I keep a night light on so that when she wakes during the night, I can easily change her diaper in the co-sleeper and get her out to feed her. I’ve mostly sat in my bed, fed her and then transitioned her back to the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper. If she wakes, I put a hand on her and soothe her to sleep. Zombie postpartum mom is safely tucked away now that we are co-sleeping. I sleep well knowing we aren’t sharing our bed with her and if she wakes I’m right there in arms reach to care for her.
As I navigate through postpartum life, I am finding myself wanting to cat nap. That’s usually when I sneak off to my bedroom feed Miesha and then put her in the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper so I can close my eyes for a bit. I usually wake up to her gazing around the room.
Getting Some Rest With A Newborn
They say sleep when she sleeps, but that is easier said than done. Now that I am a mom of four, it’s never that easy. She has been a dream baby thus far, though.
Self Soothe Practices
From the start we have been working on self soothing in small doses. I put Miesha in her Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper when she’s content and fed during the day. Then I can do small tasks like switch out a load of laundry, go to the bathroom (this is huge 😉 ) or even get a little work done. This helps with our bedtime, because newborns don’t necessarily have a schedule.
Keep a Nightly Routine
Even if she thinks it’s party time at 10 PM we still put her in the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper and try and keep our routine flowing. I keep the lights off during the night and only use the night light, which seems to keep her calmer and quieter at night (totally knocking on wood here). She has yet to yell out a good cry during the night, she saves those for day time.
You don’t have to bathe baby every single day, but you can do a clean up routine. Before bed, give baby a sponge bath of warm soapy water. Concentrate on the little folds, babies face and under her neck. After she is dry give baby a relaxing massage. I like to put Miesha in a dry diaper and bodysuit that way I can concentrate on her arms and legs.