Anticipating a baby brings excitement to expecting parents and families, whether in
Nashville or elsewhere. Little bundles of joy, with their sweet fragrance, bright eyes, and
contagious smiles, warm the hearts of their parents. But all those warm fuzzies come with
the reality of sleepless nights, diaper changes, and the frustration of not knowing what a
crying little one needs. The desire to be responsive and loving when it seems nothing is
working can lead to fatigue, stress, and an increase in postpartum depression symptoms
that may even affect the relationship between you and your spouse.
Each Baby is Different
It's impossible to know how much life will change when you become new parents. Even
parents of multiple children know each child has a unique personality: one may sleep much
of the night while another may be a daytime sleeper, ready for constant attention during
the evening. You may wonder how you will balance caring for your baby while trying to get
in some couple time — or even just a restful night’s sleep.
So, how do Nashville, TN parents stay connected when they have a new baby?
Rest When Baby Rests
Being sleep-deprived and stressed when you have a baby in the house is not safe. While it
may be tempting to complete a few tasks during the baby's nap, sleep deprivation can leave you exhausted and put you and your baby in danger. Sleep experts recommend at least seven to nine hours of sleep in every 24-hour cycle for adults. New parents often learn its best to sleep while the baby is sleeping, even during the day. When your baby sleeps, take advantage of that time to get some rest.
A Healthy Relationship Requires Teamwork
If yours is a two-parent household, take turns caring for your baby. Create a schedule to
help you organize the things you must get done. One parent might prepare dinner, take a
nap, or get in a workout while the other watches the baby. Stay connected by being
attentive to one another. Hugs and kisses only take a few seconds, so sneak in as many as
possible! Babies often sleep two to three hours before waking to eat, so you may even be
able to work in some romance!
Ask For and Accept Help
As much as you love your new baby, you’ll benefit from some snuggle time with your mate.
Begin by requesting help from people you trust to care for your baby. Usually, loved ones
understand how important it is for new parents to have a break, so they may be happy to
help you. Use that time to go to dinner or a movie, or you and your partner may reconnect
with a romantic night at home.
You Can Have a Healthy Relationship with a New Baby
After a few months, your baby will probably settle into a regular sleep schedule. Until then,
be patient, help each other, and take advantage of the quiet times to do some things you
Schedule a FREE discovery call with Serenity Sleepers to learn how we can walk with you to establish a foundation for healthy sleep for you and your newborn, which included age-appropriate sleep needs and routines.
With a combined 19 years of professional experience as a certified sleep consultant and occupational therapist + 5 children between them, Kelley and Bailey are ready to help you tackle your sleep goals! Integrating child development, parental health, and normative childhood sleep patterns at the center of our sleep philosophy, we customize every sleep plan to get your family sleeping peacefully again. Healthy sleep habits (and confident parents) make for healthier, happier children.