There will be days when you bring the new baby home that you think you’ll never go back to sleep.
In the meantime, try to rest and sleep whenever you can.
The baby will not be sleeping all night for several weeks, perhaps months. As long as she is adjusting to the night and day schedule, you won’t be able to sleep all night until she does.
Until she is asleep all night, try to sleep when she is sleeping. Many new mothers try to do everything at once and start cleaning or doing laundry when the baby sleeps. You will only get tired if you decide to be a super mom.
If you can get some help in those first few weeks with cleaning and laundry, do it anyway.
If you can have a friend or relative to watch your baby for an afternoon while you get some sleep, try to take advantage of it whenever you can.
When you are so busy all day with the baby’s new chores and everything else you need to do to maintain a home and possibly look after older siblings, it can be challenging to relax just because everyone is asleep. Do some routines to relax at night.
Take a hot shower, not too hot.
Hot water can be stimulating and play relaxing music. Even if you are not breastfeeding, avoid caffeine during the day and especially at night.
Drink decaffeinated or herbal tea or water. If foods that contain a lot of preservatives or sodium can make you nervous, try to avoid them as much as possible.
Try to eat very natural foods like hot, healthy salads, vegetables, fruits and soups. As soon as you can, try to go out and walk a little bit each day.
Fresh air and moderate exercise will help you, and your baby will feel relaxed and can help you sleep at night.