Last Updated on March 3, 2020 by Creative Parenting
It’s kind of obvious, but not getting enough sleep will sour just about anything you do as a parent.
Expecting first time parents have a sense the sleep deprivation is coming.
But they can’t imagine how severe it’ll be.
Yet instead of following the guidance for getting a good nights sleep for their kids and themselves…
…they give into risky temptations, and downplay or ignore simple guidelines for sleep safety.
If you’re a new parent and heavily sleep deprived, then chances are it’s worth revisiting these best practices.
We’ll tell you about them in a minute.
But we bring this up because going into parenthood, it’s hard to imagine the depth of the sleep deprivation.
When you get through the first stretch of sleep deprivation, it’s easy to to forget what it’s like.
To live a sleep deprived existence, drudging through:
- Waking up at all hours
- Going to work feeling dead
- Dreading driving for fear of slow reaction times
And sure, everybody who has a kid faces these things.
But nothing can really prepare you for these challenges ahead of time.
And when you’re slogging through the sleepless nights and tired days, it’s easy to feel alone.
That’s what sleep deprivation can do.
But the good news is this:
Both you and your babe can get some sleep. When you start to get sleep, even just a little, it changes everything.
So have you considered if you’re doing everything you can to make that happen?
One new study in the Journal of American Pediatrics found that a lot of parents aren’t. In fact, they found a “significant gap in safe sleep practices among U.S. families.”
And here’s the real surprise:
The most straightforward things you can do to ensure your baby sleeps well AND safely are simple.
Yet so many aren’t doing them.
The AAP synopsis alone identifies these practices.
Here’s what they’ll tell you:
Exactly how to place infants to sleep in their cribs (Hint, it’s not what your parents did)
What type of surface your baby should sleep on
The #1 thing you should avoid putting in the baby’s crib
Where you should put your baby’s crib (despite your Pinterest inclinations)
You should apply these tips.
And make sure your baby sleeps safe.
That way, you won’t be worried about it either.
A better night’s sleep for you too.
If you’re interested in seeing the summary with the tips, check it out here.