If your newborn is leaving you bleary eyed from sleep deprivation, it may help to know it’s normal for babies to mix up days and nights. Rest assured things will even out within a few months and, in the meantime, you may be able to build a foundation for better nighttime sleep by trying the following:
- Gently talk and play with baby during day to increase daytime wakefulness
- Allow naps – keeping baby awake during day does not help sleep at night
- Put baby to sleep at night before he is overly tired
- During nighttime feeds, keep things quiet, calm and efficient
Although it may be impossible for you to always nap when baby naps, try to take advantage of the opportunity when you can. Sleep helps the body heal after birth and can help you enjoy every minute with your little one – even if it’s the middle of the night.